Wandering Sapporo and Otaru Akari no Michi

Today, we wandered down to Sapporo Factory (a mall) and looked around for a bit. We also ate some yummy food, had some Sapporo beer, and hung out before heading out to Otaru to see a really cool lantern festival called Akari no Michi.

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These are ads from Sapporo Beer’s past. I think the ability to make weird faces at your beer might be a requirement for being in these ads.

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The door handles on the mall building were really cool at some of the exits!!

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Our beer. Teddy got the Red Star, and I got the unfiltered Blonde Star.

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After the mall, we went back to Susukino to find Jagaimo House, a delicious croquette place we found this summer. I got a delicious cheese potato croquette. This meal was healthy because I got a salad!! 😀

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Afterwards, we wandered on down to Sapporo Station, and found some yummy bread to snack on.

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Finally, we made our way to Otaru.

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Ice lanterns in the covered arcade.

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There were many seasonally themed lanterns, like these momiji (maple leaf) ones.

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Cute shapes in front of a lighted cave.

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There were also many pretty lanterns hanging up.

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An alcove filled with many cute things.

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Here is another pressed flower lantern.

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A lighted star.

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Stars and a heart.

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There were many adorable snowmen!

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A snow couple!!

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A lighted wall of snow.

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Here are some cute little snow bunnies.

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A slab of ice with berries and leaves.

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There were many cute plastic wrapped cardboard cutouts on the one street.

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A shot of the canal.

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Here is the canal from the opposite end.

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This one area had a ton of cute cat statues. Here are the “Cat Lovers”.

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Teddy said that this reminded him of our cat Tigger and two of the little kittens.

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We also made a grand return to Olive, a delicious Italian restaurant in Otaru that makes their own pizza dough and sauce. They also give you mountains of cheese.

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Delicious, delicious pizza with a thick, chewy crust!

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On our way back to the train station, we happened upon this cool ice tunnel!!

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Flowers frozen into a lantern.

Well, I hope you enjoyed Akari no Michi! Tomorrow, we wake up at the crack of dawn (5 AM) to catch our plane back to Nagoya!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Lange
    Feb 11, 2014 @ 04:23:48

    What an absolutely amazing festival. I loved the pressed flower lantern the best, also the berries and leaves. Safe travels home!!

    Reply

  2. Marie Elder
    Feb 12, 2014 @ 00:50:57

    So many beautiful things!

    Reply

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