Archive for April, 2012

Cos all I want to do is

April 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle!

But look at that great wall of snow!

Most of the road is dry, but the road shoulder and sidewalk still have

a lot of sands that were sprinkled during winter (so that cars or people wouldn’t

slip on snowy slippery road).  Sometimes they have snow, too.

Never-ending ups and downs in Komaoka and Takino.

Okay, but that was a couple of days ago, and this was yesterday.

The temperature went up to 8 degrees Celsius!

But the Toyohira river cycling road was still covered with snow.

So I took a regular road and dropped in at the Hokkaido Shrine.

There are 1,000 cherry trees in the precincts, and

the cherry blossoms become beautiful in spring.

(Well, spring has not yet come to Hokkaido, thus no cherry blossoms yet.)

The shrine is in Maruyama Park, which is a good place to walk around.

This shows part of 80 kinds of wild birds that can be seen at Hokkaido Shrine.

Hokkaido Shrine is also a good place for bird watching.


Golden Slumbers

April 8, 2012 Leave a comment

My dog was apparently sleepy on my lap.

And soon she fell asleep.

Wow, a Snow Miku mouse pad can be a good pillow for a dog!

A Hello Kitty shop in Hokkaido

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

If you are looking for Hello Kitty items in Sapporo, this shop is the right place to go.

It’s in the Sapporo station underground shopping mall,

and the huge Hello Kitty in front of the shop will welcome you!

And even if you miss the shop, you don’t need to worry.

There’s a Hello Kitty shop in the Shin Chitose Airport, too.

You can get Hello Kitty goods that are available only in this shop!

First Bike Ride of the Year

April 2, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s still cold here in Sapporo and today’s temperature is between 2 degrees Celsius

and minus 4, but the weather was not so bad, even though a bit windy and snowy,

so I went for this year’s first bike ride!

Sakurayama, literally means “cherry-tree mountain”, is still covered with snow,

but —

A frozen stream started to flow once again —  a touch of spring!

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