Hotel Hokke Club Hakodate
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... for the Hakodate Ropeway, the 100 person cable car to the top of Mt. Hakodate with a great overlook of the entire area including our ship. Next was the Red Brick Warehouse restored area now essentially a shopping mall. Then back to the ship for lunch and for Dennis to play trivia round 11 with his team.
They all seem to want to take us to Fish Markets! Today we saw a morning market with giant crabs, lots of squid and beautiful fruit. Jim loves it. Hakodate is a City of 300,000, first to welcome westerners, and an economy based on fishing We went up a tower and a cable car to look over the ancient Shoguns fortifications and the modern city. We feel very ...
... their embassies. Lots of historical Western style building were built. The Red Brick building was the former warehouses for the shipping industry, now it is converted the tourists trapped and souvenir shops. It's quite amazing to see every school kids in elementary school and middle school each carrying a large shopping bag and buy like crazy. The original natives who live in Hokkaido long before the Japanese government took over are the Ainu people. ...
... I didn't get a chance to as some people decided to do it twice.
Later on, two musicians boarded the train and played these Japanese instruments. Luckily, it wasn't the wailing kind of tunes.
45 minutes into the ride, the rain is coming down together with a bit of lightning. Luckily, we are inside. There are still padi fields and trees with ivy growing on the trunks. The rain cleared the further along the coast we went. We ...
... throw it out at home. This would be a challenge in our case, so we just took it back to the ship.
But I digress. In these cities, we visited street markets full of the freshest and most diverse seafood imaginable, much of it alive and ready for consumption. Some of it, not recognizable. Bonnie drooled whilst I, most definitely, did not. Anyone for a 7 pound (!) crab? It was the size of a poodle. See picture.