Archive for March, 2012

Can Spring be far behind?

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The weather forecast says today’s maximum temperature is 2 degrees Celsius and

the minimum minus 3 (which is 36 F and 28 F respectively).

And the Makomanai Park, where the opening ceremony of Sapporo winter olympic games

was held in 1972), still has snow on the ground as you can see in the picture above,

and people are enjoying cross-country skiing — um, maybe cross-parking skiing in this case?



Hokkaido limited versions of Chopper and Hatsune Miku

March 23, 2012 2 comments

If you are looking for a souvenir that is available only in Hokkaido,

how about this one — Hokkaido local versions of Chopper of “One Piece”.

There are many kinds of choppers!

Hokkaido melon Chopper, Hokkaido ramen Chopper, Hokkaido deer Chopper…

And these are Snow Miku × Hello Kitty character goods.

Snow Miku, a local version (or should I say seasonal version?) of Hatsune Miku

teamed up with Hello Kitty for a line of Hatsune Miku character goods including

Snow Miku Kitty handkerchief, Snow Miku Kitty socks, Snow Miku Kitty ball point pen…

All those goods are sold at a souvenir shop “Shikisai-kan”, next to the west ticket gate

of Sapporo JR station.

Hatsune Miku at the Chitose Airport

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Snow Miku Figure for gashapon (Capsule toys) is now sold at New Chitose Airport terminal!

This snow miku figure is one of the eight “Hokkaido Figure Miyage (souvenir)”,

which is New Chitose Airport Limited sell,

so it would be a perfect souvenir of Hokkaido!

Those “Hokkaido Figure Miyage” include:

1 Sapporo Clock Tower

2 The statue of Dr. Clark

3 A sleeper express “Hokutosei”

4 A statue of Sapporo snow Festival

5 Hokkaido Red Fox

6 Salmon

7 Soup curry

8 Hatsune Miku

Since this is a gashapon (coin-operated toy vending machine) toy,

you cannot tell which toy you will get!

It’s 300 yen for one try.

So, these are “gashapon” at the New Chitose Airport.

You can easily find them at the airport.

The probability of drawing a Hatsune Miku capsule is a one-in-eight,

but fortunately I draw the right one at the first try.

The parts of the figure are in the capsule.

Voila!  It has become a cute little Hatsune Miku (snow miku) figure.