We flew from Tokyo to Sapporo last night. It was immediately cooler, and foggy. They picked us up at the airport in a medium-sized bus. I immediately staked out the backmost seat and curled up in the corner. We drove through what looked like woods for a long time, and I finally couldn’t stay awake anymore.
So we’re here in the hotel for the day. All I know about Sapporo is that its North, we’re on a different island, and there are bears on this island. Since we got here last night and I was basically asleep the entire walk to my room, I woke up and remembered only that someone had said something about bears being in the vicinity. I didn’t even know there were bears anywhere in Japan. So I opened my window hoping to see trees and anime-style bears with giant heads hanging around with girls dressed like sailors and maybe a few robots. But I only saw a a city. So I went out this morning to take a look around, and sure enough there were a whole lot of backpackers in the lobby. Going looking for the bears and robots, no doubt.
This city is really pretty, and there is a big park/campus near the hotel. These bicycles were parked on the street next to that park, and I thought they looked rather peaceful in the cool morning air.
I should also mention that the instant I took this picture a twenty-pound crow smacked me in the back of my head with his wing. On purpose. Then he sat on a branch above me, yelling something.