Strolling around Hakodate

Trip Start Aug 11, 2010
Trip End Sep 02, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Hokkaido,
Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ah, the
memory is bad.  I have disgraced US
intellect here in Hakodate, Hokkaido. 
First I couldn’t open my room door with the electronic key.  Why, because I was trying to open the wrong
door.  Then I looked and looked for an
outlet to plug my chargers and computer into so I asked when I got back in and
one of the reception people came up, picked up something and there they were
underneath!  So I will be able to do some
computer stuff and I hope go online if it doesn’t require asking for help

guidebook said half a day was good for Hakodate but I wanted to take it easy
today and sit and write postcards, have a nice lunch and see the old buildings
and the cemetery for foreigners.  I found
the fish market quite easily but found it difficult to get something for
breakfast.  Raw sea urchins didn’t seem
too appealing in the beginning.  Finally
I managed to get a slice of cantaloupe which was very good, then I did try some
sea urchin.  It looked very unappetizing
but tasted something like oysters maybe. 
I made hotel arrangements for the first night in Sapporo and got my
train ticket and then headed off for the warehouse district – a tourist section
with lots of shops in renovated warehouses
I had a nice lunch of hairy crab – I took a photo of the poor precious
animal – and a glass of Hakodate Weisen beer which was very good.  From there I headed up the hill and I guess I
am still worn out by Fuji-san.  There
were several old buildings but mostly rebuilt because of fires:  Catholic Church, Russian Church, Old British
Consulate and Hakodate government buildings from the period when they were open
to foreign business and adopted Western features in their architecture.  The churches had scaffolding for renovation
and the Old British Consulate was a fashionable tea room.

My next
objective was the cemetery for foreigners. 
I had been following a map and doing pretty well with the map and
special interest signs that were written in English and Russian as well as
Japanese but somehow I missed some signs and saw a Buddhist cemetery, a Russian
cemetery, Chinese cemetery and a few other special little ones.  At the end of the road, there was a sign
saying the cemetery for foreigners was 200 m back in the direction I had already come, so I paced out what might
have been 200 m and actually found it.  I
had passed it by previously and seen it was locked but only saw the sign in
Japanese not any in English.  So I tried
my best to get some photos by going into the cemetery next door and shooting
over the fence but I couldn’t really get very close.  Now it was getting close to 6 – not much
accomplished today.  I walked back to the
tram stop at the bottom of the hill and caught the tram to the hotel where I was shown
where the outlets in my room were. 

So now the rest of my evening will be devoted to
getting my other days’ notes onto the computer and hopefully onto my blog diary

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