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Munich Christmas Market in Sapporo 2014

December 16, 2014 Leave a comment




Munich Christmas Market in Sapporo 2014!






Prepared for a White Christmas






The 2014 mug and the last year’s






Bear-shaped colorful macarons!  Cute!!






Black beer and German  bread, sausage and Sauerkraut!






Munich Christmas market and the Sapporo TV tower

Munich Christmas Market in Sapporo 2014 is held at Odori park,

downtown Sapporo, Hokkaido from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24.




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Suddenly it’s the middle of winter

November 29, 2013 Leave a comment


Snow flower.

Fifty Shades of Autumn

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Shades of autumn at Lake Shikotsu.


It is a Caldera lake with a maximum depth of 363 metres (1,191 ft),

the second deepest lake in Japan.

Because of its depth, the lake doesn’t freeze even when the temperature is

under minus 20 degrees C.

This is the northernmost ice-free lake in Japan.

Good season to drive around!

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Toyohira River Cycling Road and Shiroishi Cycling Road 2012

May 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Toyohira River Cycling Road at last!

We went on bike ride for three days, and this was the first day.

Now the snow on the cycling road was removed completely!

The river is swollen because of the melted snow.

Riding through the Toyohira River Cycling Road, and then Shiroishi Cycling Road

and Kitahiroshima Elfin Road, we arrived at Kitahiroshima Cycling Station.

And then this is the Kitahiroshima Railway Station.

The good thing about this Kitahiroshima JR Station is that you can go inside of the

building with your bike!

This cycling path (“Elfin road”) runs parallel to the railway and also through the woods.

It’s really nice to ride through the fresh green of May!

Today’s travel distance: 63 km (39 mile)

Cherry Blossoms at “Red Brick”!

May 25, 2011 2 comments

Now “yaezakura” cherry blossoms are full bloom in Sapporo!

There are more than 100 cherry tree varieties in Japan, and most cherry trees have

blossoms with five petals, but yaezakura blossoms have more than five petals.

And yaezakura trees are the last ones to open their blossoms.

In Sapporo, “chishimazakura” bloom first, then “ezo-yamazakura” and “somei yoshino”,

and lastly, “yaezakura” cherry blossoms.

This is the path to the front garden of the former Hokkaido Gevernment Office Building,

aka “Red Brick”.

If you go straight this way under the cherry trees, you can see why the building is called

Red Brick.

Voila!  This is the Red Brick, the former Hokkaido Government Office Building.

Now its front garden has a lot of beautiful spring flowers.

Can you see those red and yellow tulip flowers?

It is also a good place for cherry blossom viewing.

(There’s a Hokkaido flag on the top of the dome of this building,

and I wanted to take the picture of it, but alas! this day (last weekend) had no wind)

Ramen Miku

May 2, 2011 2 comments

if there is a bowl of miso-soup ramen noodles to the east

going and tasting it

if there is a bowl of soy-sauce-soup noodles to the west

going and shouldering a sheaf of leek

such a person

I want to become

Local Version of Hatsune Miku

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

a red-crested Miku

If there are the local versions of Hello Kitty, why don’t we have the local versions of
Hatsune Miku?
So I thought about it –how’ that?  A red crowned crane Miku!
The red crowned/crested crane can be seen in eastern Hokkaido throughout the year. 
It is the official bird of Hokkaido and also designated as a special natural monument of Japan. 
A perfect material for a Hokkaido limited version of Miku, n’est ce pas?
The hair color of this local Miku should be blue, because it’s based on Snow Miku (oops,
maybe we’ve already have a kind of local Miku). 
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