Winter Wonderland



The angels are crying again for us in Sapporo; the perfectly white snow falls silently over the city once again. Perhaps by doing so, they are helping us prepare for the Snow Festival starting next week. There are so many things to look forward to here in Hokkaido's winter!


I'm from Canada. Each day I walk to school I weave through the mountains of snow that line the street since the new year started. It almost seems like the sidewalk has walls, something I didn't even see often in Canada, it's quite fun!

通 学中の楽しみがもう一つ。学校の近く、円山公園の周辺にあるカフェやレストランの雰囲気が好きです。この辺りは、札幌の中でも特にお洒落と言われています。この季節、温度差からお店の窓は曇っていますよね。お店の外観も魅力的なので、お店の中を見ることが出来ないと「どんなお店なの」とさらに気になりま す。「いらっしゃいませ」と呼ばれている気さえしてきます。小さな出会いの連続に、ワクワクしながら雪道を踏みしめています。

There's one more thing I enjoy about continuing my Japanese lessons here in Sapporo. There are many cafes and restaurants close to the school in the Maruyama area, and I really enjoy their atmosphere. It seems to be an area even locals admire as rich and fancy. In this season the windows fog up from the warmth of indoors, as if inviting one to explore the things inside, calling out "Welcome!" to which we can only wonder what is there. To walk through the snowy paths and enjoy these small encounters along the way each day is very enjoyable.

Photo 広い北海道、そして札幌。その中で最初に私が紹介したいのは、人気観光スポットのこちら!「札幌市時計台」です。時計台は札幌の小さな宝物です。可愛らしいです。100年 以上の歴史があるのに、時計は動き続け不思議で綺麗な音を鳴らしてくれています。そして、建物の中にも入ることが出来ます。冷えた体を暖めつつ、ゆっくりと歴史を感じるなんて贅沢ではありませんか。今日、クラシック音楽のコンサートが開かれていたので、私も鑑賞しに行きました。時計の音や演奏を聴きながら 眺める外の雪は、より幻想的でしたよ。

Hokkaido is a very large island in Japan, and Sapporo is its biggest city; so the first location I'd like to introduce is the famous tourist attraction, the "Clock Tower" ! It's like Sapporo's tiny treasure, it's so cute! With over 100 years of history it still sounds each hour with a mysterious and beautiful chime. You can also enter the building, a great way to warm up from the cold and enjoy the building's old atmosphere; it's quite cozy. Today (1.30) I entered the tower to enjoy a classical concert. Listening to the classics, hearing the clock chime, and watching the snow fall outside, it felt very fitting and peaceful, as if everything was meant to be.


From everyday simple atmospheres to events, this broad Hokkaido has a way of encouraging dreams and goals of its visitors. The people here are also so very kind, every day is really enjoyable.


I love Hokkaido! I want to keep studying and introducing Sapporo as a beginning and eventually many places of Hokkaido! I hope you can also enjoy such surroundings. Thank you for reading, please stop by again!!


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