We didn’t get up as early as planned on this day (see part 1 and part 2 for the days before), but around 8 am we reached Odori park, where we could see people cleaning freshly fallen snow from the sculptures.
I missed this sculpture the night before because we didn’t go to the eastern end of Odori. It combines many things Hokkaido is famous for, for example the former Hokkaido government building, pictures of which will appear in a later post. There are lots and lots of interesting details on this one, and I think the owl and the foxes are particularly well done.
From Odori we walked to this morning’s first destination: 二条市場 (Nijo-Ichiba), a famous fish market in Sapporo. We looked around the area with many small and kind of similar shops selling fish and crabs, including really big live crabs. One of the others noticed something that was apparently whale meat, though I couldn’t verify because I didn’t know the kanji.
Most restaurants were still closed, but we had freshly made Sushi for breakfast at a small shop at a corner of the market. I guess it will be difficult to find fresher Sushi. 😉 It was a little expensive, though.
Our next stop was Susukino. The evening before the weather had been uncomfortable and not very good for photos, but this morning was sunny and enjoyable. Of course it wasn’t exactly warm, but that is to be expected on Hokkaido during the winter. This ice sculpture of jumping salmon was glittering in the morning sunlight.
There were a lot of sculptures depicting fishes. This one included actual fishes, frozen into the ice it was made from.
A shouting dragon…
… and a close-up of an angry owl.
All around Sapporo are boxes containing sand which you can use against slippery spots on the road, complete with a cute manga-style explanation. Once more it is obvious that people in Sapporo are used to cold weather. 😉
Using the Tozai subway line we went to Miyanosawa, the station at the eastern end of that line, close to the Ishiya Chocolate Factory, the next item on our list of places to visit. I think the buildings are supposed to be Victorian style, but I’m not an architecture expert. However, the model of an early English chocolate factory and the use of “Piccadilly” as the store’s name support the impression. Sadly the part of the museum that is most interesting to me as an engineering student, the view of the actual factory, is limited to a few windows through which you can see cookies and chocolate being combined, carefully sorted and individually packaged. I guess engineers are just not the factory’s primary target group. The “individually packaged” part is a general Japanese trait: almost all food products come wrapped in multiple layers of plastic.
I have no idea what a gramophone collection and a toy museum have to do with a chocolate factory, but they had that too. After spending a small fortune at the factory shop on おみやげ (“Omiyage”, small presents, usually food) for friends and lab-mates as it is customary in Japan, we left for our next destination, 小樽 (“Otaru”). More about that in the next part.