Hotel Okura Sapporo
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Got a massive blog today. So go put the kettle on. Make a cuppa. And put your phone on silent for the next 15 minutes. Done? Right OK.
Last Thursday was meant to have had the biggest snowstorm Sapporo has seen in years. Everyone was talking about it. It was on the news, teachers would mention it constantly and our company sent numerous emails warning us about it. The day before, we had an emergency meeting in the staff room and the principle read ...
... from a central point so easy to navigate around for non Japanese speakers. eg. you maybe at an intersection 3 North, 2 East so even without looking at a map you know exactly where you are and how to get to your destination.Being a new city everything is pretty modern. A couple of 1900 buildings but mainly modern high rise so not a lot of interesting things to see as you wander with the exception of the TV tower and the clock tower. Good shopping for ...
... but there really was no need for reservations, since there were plenty of open tables when we arrived. I guess dinner on Valentine's day hasn't caught on. We enjoyed wings, ribs, steak and of course dessert. I'm not sure if it was as delicious as we thought, or just our taste buds' overreaction to familiar tastes, but we enjoyed it. To finish off our night, we headed to see Thor.
Monday morning I had to make a trip to ...
... no snow in the forecast before Christmas, Chris wanted to make sure we saw the lights against a somewhat white background. We even went up in the T.V. tower to get a look down on them and also enjoyed another chance to see the city at night.
Thursday morning I finally got a haircut. But don't get too exciting thinking I am going to have some great cultural exchange story, because I went to a curly-haired American instead. Alicia is one of Pamela's friends and I was lucky to ...
... of course the ancient Capitol of Japan. I saw very old Kyoto houses, walked for many miles, wrote in my journal, enjoyed the last gasp of the cherry blossoms.
I was mostly successful in my goal of having an alone day, except for the many smiles from people along my path. I just tried not to make them into conversations. This town had an energy about it, ancient, creative and peaceful. I could see why there were people from all over the world here. I knew that my time ...