I dream of wide, open space.
I dream of seeing the sky, the land and the air in between.
I dream of hills, how I wanted to intentionally slip and roll.
I dream of a single tree, a couple of trees, a families of trees.
I dream of flowers in bloom, to be surrounded by them.
I dream of colors, field of colors, a patchwork of colors.
I dream of Hokkaido.
Everything that I have imagine what Hokkaido is I found in the town of Biei.
With its wide fields, where one of the most famous attraction is an Oak Tree standing closely to each other resembling a mother, a father and a kid (“The Tree of Family”), to say that Biei is picturesque is an understatement.
Biei is breathtakingly serene in all sense. While walking along the hills, I have this belief that I can reach the sky if I just jump high enough, that I can capture the air and bring it back home, and how I badly wanted to listen to Sigur Ros.
The few red-painted houses along the road and the occasional passing of a tractor made the patchwork road charming even more. No wonder that some of the most famous commercials where shot in this town.
“The Tree of Ken & Mary”- Nissan Automobile, 1972
“The Tree of Seven Stars” – package of Seven-stars, 1976
“The hill of Mild Seven” – package of Mild Seven, 1977
One of the places that captured my heart is the Hill of Zerubu.
True to its theme – “Enjoy playing together on the hill with scenting fresh wind”, Zerubu is a combination of last characters from the three words- “Kaze (wind)”, “Kaoru(scent)”, “Asobu(play)”.
Visiting the Tourist Information Desk closed to JR Biei Station, you will be immediately greeted by the English speaking staff and two questions will be asked:
1. Which area do you want to explore- Patchwork Road,Panorama Road, Refresh Line? (Orchid: Patchwork Road)
2. Do you have car or are you going to rent a bicycle? (Orchid: No car. Renting a bicycle? Hmmm…maybe? No, better Not, to tiring. Is there any other options?).
Visiting Biei off-season can be expensive. Though, the rewards of solitude is what I actually was looking for, a different kind of solitude- to queitly gaze to openness without buses of tourists roaming around.
Full volume of Sigur Ros music playing on my iPod.Finally.