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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Star Festival and Kyokusui no Utage (七夕と曲水の宴)| Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum (男山酒造り資料館)| Asahikawa (旭川)

Otokoyama (男山) is a more than 340 year-old sake brewery, and has got gold medals at Sake Competition (酒類コンテスト) for 36 years in a row.

After enjoying this sake brewery museum, tasting awarded sake, I always collect natural water in the compound which is from Daisetsuzan mountain range (大雪山の伏流水) in order to make their delicious sake. This is very delicious, and recommendable!!!

Wow! Wow! Wow! I've found a special event here!
Have you heard "Kyokusui no Utage (曲水の宴)"?

This is how to enjoy this event.
First, write down you wishes on star festival paper strip. Yes, Star Festival (七夕) is held on the 8th of August in Hokkaido, and we have such a custom.

Then wait a sake cup flowing from the upstream, which is regarded as Milky Way in the space.

Use a bamboo bar to catch the cup, and drink sake! Yummy x 2!!!

Lastly, hang up your strip on a bamboo, and make a wish!
We really enjoyed this traditional summer event, and Japanese garden very much!!

■Where is "Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum (男山酒資料館)"?

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■Tour guide information■
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