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The old government building in Sapporo

I get back to Sapporo on the train and I start walking out of the main railway station in the city. I walk out to do some sightseeing in the central parts of town. The first thing I pass by is a little park with an old building in the centre of the park. It is the old government offices of Hokkaido. When you look at the building it doesn’t really look all that big - but at its time it was the biggest building of its kind around the town - look up towards the top of today’s modern buildings in town that’s a bit hard to believe. Inside the park is something white looking like snow - I know Sapporo is sort of a winter paradise but snow this time of the year? And with temperatures in the high 20ties - just doesn’t seem natural. The white stuff is not really snow but something the trees seem to be dropping.

 

I walk along the roads and get by a small building - this is the main landmark of Sapporo - the most famous of all the buildings around town. The clock tower - and it is tiny. It sort of make me think about the reactions of other tourist going to Brussels to see the Maniquen Piss just to realize he is a tiny boy - or go to Copenhagen to see the little mermaid - just to see this is a tiny statue not resembling the Statue of Liberty in size. At least I came prepared I knew the clock tower would actually be a small building so I am not too disappointed.

 

I walk down to the central park of the city and right in the middle of the park - is a TV tower - it sort of reminds me of something I have seen before I am just not sure where. Maybe it is just because all TV towers of the world look the same?

 

I get back to where I stay and I am recommended a place nearby to go and eat. I don’t know if the people where I stay just feel sorry for this poor restaurant owner because he seem to be really hard hit by this financial turmoil. They have reduced the waiting staff to next to nothing instead all the food is just running around on a conveyor belt and you take your pick of what you want. The situation is actually so bad that the bank had reposed the restaurants stow, hence they were unable to fry the food. Instead of admitting to these problems the owner had decided to act like nothing had happened and serve the fish raw instead - and then claiming it is some sort of local specialty - like he is really fooling anybody with a claim like that.

 

Well even though the fish was raw it tasted ok and you got a bit of the local atmosphere - every time a costumer came or left everybody shouted something in Japanese. I assume it was either hello or thank you for eating here. When I was ready to pay my pile of used plates were simply counted and the bill came along.

rintjez says:
Yay! You finally eat raw fish :P
Posted on: Jun 30, 2009
Real_PeaceWarrior says:
Very cool
Posted on: Jun 29, 2009
tj1777 says:
ah ok that makes sense and it was probably what they said. Eventhough I think warimasse (or something like that) was also used.
Posted on: Jun 29, 2009
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