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  Friday, 10 - Saturday 11 June - FCCJ Karuizawa Tour

PROGRAM

Fri. 10 June
  • 12:00 Lunch at Verso - Italian Restaurant at Honka Karuizawafs model house
    - Presentation by Karuizawa Mayor Susumu Fujimaki
  • 13:30 Visit Erik & Teresa Ullnerfs house (by Honka)
  • 14:20 Visit The Prince Villa Karuizawa (by Honka)
  • 15:10 Visit Guest House/Rantasalmi model house area, afternoon coffee/tea
  • 17:00 Visit Luomu-no-Mori Adventure Park
  • 19:00 BBQ Dinner by campsite fire at Sweet Grass (short presentation by Heikki Paananen, Asamalab)
Sat. 11 June
  • Golf at Karuizawa 72 Minami Course
    or Sightseeing and shopping at the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza
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Restaurant Verso at Honka Karuizawa.
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Timo Varhama greets Mayor Fujimaki.
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FCCJ President Pekka Laitinen makes welcome remarks.
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Erik Ullner introduces Mayor Fujimaki.
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Mayor Susumu Fujimaki speaking about Karuizawa.
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FCCJ Vice President Masaoki Fujita makes the 'kampai' speech.
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The long lunch buffet table with a wide variety of delicious Italian dishes. Left Hiroaki Sugawara and Jan Grönblad, right Atsushi Ueda.
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Table 1.
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Table 2.
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Pekka Laitinen introduces our partners and hosts in Karuizawa that helped us organizing the tour. Fist Akemi Fukushima, Kitamoc (Luomu-no-Mori and Sweet Grass)
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Kazunori Takahashi of Honka Japan who helped us gaining access to the Prince Villas.
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Atsushi Ueda, Guest House / Rantasalmi.
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Tsunemaru Kimura of Honka Karuizawa who hosted the lunch.
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Arriving at Erik & Teresa Ullner's resort house.
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Erik Ullner explains abot the house and living in Karuizawa.
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Arriving at The Prince Villa Karuizawa.
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Akihiro Funayama, General Manager at Prince Karuizawa guided us around the villas.
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Jan and Päivi Grönblad with the center house in the background.
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The Prince Villa consists of 20 luxurious villas with a lot of green between them.
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The first villa we visited, a medium sized one.
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Walking to the second villa.
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The second Villa visited.
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Barbara studying the interior.
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Hiroaki Sugawara, Masaoki Fukita and Kazunori Takahashi inspecting the 'rotenburo' (outdoor bath).
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Departing the Villas.
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Jan Grönblad and Hiroaki Sugawara.
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Arriving at Guest House / Rantasami Karuizwa exhibition area.
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Studing the soapstone fireplace.
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Preparing coffee and cookies.
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Päivi & Jan Grönblad enjoying Finnish coffee from Moomin mugs.
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The guys preferred the cigar room.
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Atsushi Ueda gives the background to Guest House and Rantasalmi activities.
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Ueda-san explaing about the energy and ventilation systems.
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Ueda-san's residence.
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An elaborate energy recoering system in the basement, imported from Finland.
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Despite all the energy recovering systems and solar panels, also firewood is needed, and a lot of it, winters can be cold in Karuizawa.
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Arriving at Luomu-no-Mori. The center house is a 100 year old large and nicely renovated villa formerly owned by a well-known banker, Ginnosuke Tanaka.
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Presentation of Luomu-no-Mori. Left Akemi Fukushima and right Mr. Fukushima, the owners and operators of Luomu-no-Mori and Sweet Grass.
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Participants listening to the explanations.
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The guide explaing about the facilities at the Adventure Park.
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The Adventure Park.
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Inside the villa's entrance room.
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Barbara Zamora-Väätäjä playing with the kids. Right Hitomi Kuwada of Kitamoc who was very helpful in Japanese, English and Finnish (spent 6 years in Ivalo).
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Pekka Laitinen explaining with local knowledge.
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Group photo in front of the villa at Luomu-no-Mori.
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Departing from Luomu-no-Mori.
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After Luomu-no-Mori we took a small detour to visit Mr. Fukushima's privat and very special 'reotenburo' which he has constructed by himself.
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Admiring all the piping between the three basins.
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Start of the BBQ party at Sweet Grass.
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Hiroaki Sugawara and Timo Varhama at the drinks table.
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Kimio Hashida and Heikki Paananen meet after many, many years. They both worked at Nokia Japan about 15 years ago. Right Sakari Romu.
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Heikki Paananen explains about his business at Asamalab i Saku.
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FCCJ Vice President Jan Grönblad making the kampai and giving instructions: 'Be quiet - Get Ready - Drink!'
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Tuomo Kuuppo checking from Hitomi Kuwada what's on the BBQ table.
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Heikki and Sae Paananen brought not only beer but also Finnish style bread from Saku.
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Jan & Päivi Grönblad, Mayumi Varhama, Barbara Zamora-Väätäjä and Timo Varhama.
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Shogo Mori (friend of Heikki Paananen) Sae & Heikki Paananen and Ville Väätäjä.
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Erik Ullner, Tuomo Kuuppo, Sakari Romu and Pekka Laitinen sharing some good stories.
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Jouni Laine acting as grill master while Hiroaki Sugawara and Kimio Hashida are chatting.
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Clas Bystedt, Sakari Romu and Jouni Laine in front of one of the cottages we used on Saturday morning (Photo: Tuomo Kuuppo).
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Start of the golf on Saturday morning with 8 players. The carmeraman forgot his camera on the club house terrace so not much evidence how the game went...
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A shot from the play, Erik Ullner hitting a shot, taken by Tuomo Kuuppo on his smartphone.
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Another shot from the course by Tuomo Kuuppo.
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