It snowed…

January 1, 2011

It really snowed! And now it’s all melting away… It’s so hard to look at the sheer volume of snow and imagine it all turning to slush! But it does. slush and ice. Oh well, the sky is blue :)

Aaaand finally, a few pictures from our last night in Sapporo. The clock tower…was weird, it felt familiar, like it reminded me of something but I couldn’t say what. There were also quite a few sculptures we’d missed, including the moomins ( I love them) so that was nice!

Oops, long time! Things…..fading from my memory….quick post!!

So these photos are from Otaru which is a 30/40 minute train ride from Sapporo. It’s famous for its canal which is lined with lanterns during the snow festival. Also..Venetian glass?? There’s a Venetian glass shop/museum and Otaru Hello Kitty is designed (I assume) to look like glass (there were 4 different coloured versions, I got a blue one, I will start to document my embarrassingly vast Hello Kitty phone strap collection at some point in the near future).

So we went to Hokkaido last week, it was pretty easy getting there! I feel so strange organising travel, I guess I still feel like it’s something the grown ups should be doing, not me! Still, I managed to book a hotel, and flights (which I paid for at a konbini!). I did phone up the hotel the day before just to check my reservation hadn’t…disappeared or something! We stayed at Mark’s Inn in the Susukino district of Sapporo. It was very nice! Nice room, Shiseido shampoo mmm, nice view, very friendly staff and yummy free breakfast.

Susukino is kind of the shopping/nightlife/hotel district. So you look at the side of the street and see bar, resturant, bar, konbini, ‘Secretary Club’, bar, bar, pachinko, ‘Sexy Nightspace’ and so on…!

The Ice festival is in Susukino and the Snow Festival’s main venue is about a 5min walk away in Odori Park.

Here are some ice and snow sculptures:

These are just a few of the lovely sculptures we saw, I’ll post some more later. If anyone reads this and knows where I can get On-chan merchandise do let me know in a comment! One of the ramen restaurants in the ESTA building had some little figurines but I was too shy to ask where they’d bought them…

Sapporo sort of reminded me of Trondheim. I guess because it’s a big, northern city, near the mountains. It had the same sort of…shut in/cosy feeling. The amount of snow was similar too..walking around sort of reminded me of walking round Trondheim!

People were very relaxed in Sapporo compared to Nagoya! The subways weren’t full of people pushing and the Pokemon store was *gasp* almost empty! (pictures of that coming up later on).

So, Sapporo: cosy, snowy, fun!