Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sapporo Snow Festival

Hokkaido, the place of the Ainu, famous for things like a tsunami last month, crab, cows and their milk (and its cheese and chocolate), ramen, lavender and melon. Hokkaido is cold. Cold is Hokkaido.
Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido with a population of about 1.6 million. Why do i know this? Well, because I done learned how to read sos I could peruse the little travel brochures. Yuki Omatsuri, or the Snow Festival attracts a gazillion tourists, but I did not have a chance to really experience that statistic, as i visited during the days before, while they were finishing the final touches. I'm extremely grateful for that though, because just seeing the population grow during the preparatory period was enough to school me good. As you know, Toby hates the masses.
I went with a group of 27 fellow JETfaces and we stayed at this hotel. It was alright. The information staff was pretty awesome, but the rooms were hella hot. Whatevs, though, accommodations are not that important.

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