American University in Japan
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I get up north of the central station in Sapporo up there is the large campus area of Hokkaido University. The campus is a large area with all the different faculties and some nice wooden areas where you can walk around for quite a bit of time.
It is a bit strange for a Japanese university - but the man they praise around the university is actually an American - named Clark. He was the first president of the agricultural institute which later was transformed into the University of Hokkaido. Inside the campus area is a small museum which tells the story of the university - unfortunately most of it is in Japanese only. But there is an exhibition with a bit of the cultural history of the northern people of Asia who first occupied Hokkaido.
I leave the museum and try to find one of the best attractions of the university - the gingko avenue. I must admit I am a bit disappointed - the avenue looked really good on the pictures I had seen of it but here in real life it is not all that impressive.
Hence I leave the university and as I wonder along I stumbled upon the daily temple. I guess I should not be so surprised because it is sort of the same as the churches spread out over every city in Europe. But I am still not that familiar with the sights of temples so I am still a bit fascinated every time I pass one.