Sugiyama-san of Esashi Oiwake Hall gave me and other visitors a one hour lesson in how to sing the famous Esashi Oiwake folk song.
Very difficult. But interesting and beautiful.
I went to Esashi for two days on a working trip, as an adviser to Esashi Town Council about making signs and other information in English for tourists. Next year the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) will reach Hakodate and Esashi is preparing for more foreign visitors.
We drove and walked around the town to decide where sightseeing course signs should go, the invited foreigners were me and a Taiwanese woman.
The old houses - Nakamura/Sekikawa/Yokoyama are beautiful and there are many old buildings, and of course the song and the Kaiyo-maru ship.
But there is not enough English/Chinese information yet in Esashi and before next year there needs to be more so that foreign visitors can enjoy it all.
The Hokkaido Newspaper came to interview us too.