Hokkaido: Summer and its festivals

Hokkaido: Summer and its festivals

Hokkaido’s Summer Festivals Summer, to the Japanese, means more than the humid weather and the sweltering heat. It means FESTIVALS! And, as mentioned in an earlier blog that was posted ( https://japanlime.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/japan-its-weather-and-seasons/ ), the festivals vary from location to location. In Hokkaido, it is not very different. There are similar stalls selling familiar festival treats, … Continue reading

Japan: Its Weather and Seasons

Japan: Its Weather and Seasons

Ask a Trinidadian which season they like the most, and they would answer either: “The Dry Season.” “The Rainy Season.” “Does it matter?” YES, that’s right – we only have two seasons. As a Trinidadian, we basically know whether we prefer the sunny weather in the first half of the year, as opposed to the … Continue reading

A bit of Akihabara in Sapporo

A bit of Akihabara in Sapporo

  Although Hokkaido is a long way from Akihabara – the Electric Town that is heaven to many lovers of anime, manga and cosplay – it does not mean that you cannot get that Pokemon fix you most desperately need. Surprisingly, Sapporo is home to a number of stores that are dedicated to all things … Continue reading

Iwamizawa to Abashiri

Iwamizawa to Abashiri

These beautiful pictures were taken while on a train from Iwamizawa (central of Hokkaido) to Abashiri (to the somewhat northern tip of Hokkaido). My fatigue of the day’s work completely melted upon such beautiful images that whizzed past on the five hour train ride (one way!). Although it is possible to take an airplane to … Continue reading

Sapporo Oasis

Sapporo Oasis

Our orientation for the JET Programme took place in Shinjuku. But for those of us who were supposed to work in Hokkaido, another orientation and conference was organized for us by HAJET (Hokkaido AJET). That meant two days of training and seminars in none other than Sapporo. Very blessed that Iwamizawa City itself is just … Continue reading