Day 8 Hakodate

Trip Start Apr 04, 2010
Trip End May 11, 2010

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Flag of Japan  , Hokkaido,
Sunday, April 11, 2010

As morning came you could find all three of us still asleep as we decided to sleep in for the first time since arriving a week earlier. Later on when it became a little warmer (until you go outside)  and a lot windier Giulietta and I went to look at the warehouses near the docks which we failed to find the day before. Hakodate was the first port opened to the outside world when Japan lowered its restrictions on trade, in the mid 1850's due to this there are a lot of western influences present around the city such as churches and buildings and whatnot. Some of the main products on offer in hakodate are the locally made glassware and sake, no matter where you go you can find thousands of little glass ornaments, glasses, vases, jewellery and trinkets made at the local glassworks. These along with dozens of other stores are all located in the newly renovated warehouses along the dock which took a few hours to browse.

Afternoon came bringing with it more strong gusts of cold wind to freeze us seeing as though for some reason I thought it a good idea not to wear a jumper...dont ask me why. We headed back to Aozora to meet Morgan as Giulietta and him were going to the first western style fort built on the island called “Goryokaku Fort” while I stayed and did washing and nursed my aching knee (doesn't like shrines apparently). After they left I walked to the local coffee shop called doutor (I have no idea what that means) and had some afternoon tea which was... AWESOME, mocca-latte is very nice when its cold outside, then came back to load up our weeks worth of blogs as lack of internet made it difficult to keep it up to date.

That night we strolled down the street to look for some dinner and found a group of small ramen shops in a group with enough room to fit 6 people in each shop, entering the first one we passed we sat down and ordered whatever they recommended and had a look around the small establishment.. which took all of 15seconds to do. Apparently we had chosen to eat in ramen shop dedicated to supporting the Hokkaido Fighters Baseball team and the owners were fanatics who had signatures from all the players all over the back wall. After dinner we went home and had an early night as we were leaving early the next morning.
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