Friday, February 13, 2009

one more

Sapporo's Odori Park, Snow Festival 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


some pics (I posted a bunch on Flickr too)...

On Friday we went skiing at Bankei, about a half hour outside Sapporo. That night we went to Odori Park to see the ice sculptures, and caught this stage show. It's freezing and the keyboard player (far right) isn't wearing any pants! (Click on the image to make it bigger and you'll see what I'm talking about)

Not all the sculptures were perfectly carved.
I sorta liked the lumpy ones.

Yakitori! yum, yum

the snow was perfect for packing snowballs

view of Sapporo TV Tower (dolphin sculpture ahead!)

On Saturday we went to Otaru, to see the "snow gleaming" festival. Then on Sunday we went to the Tsudome site, where there were ice slides and mini-golf-on-ice and more sculptures. It was snowing hard that afternoon, but before we left town we had to make one last trip to the park to see the sculptures we missed the first time around.

taiko drummers on the Disney ice stage

We saw a park official sweep snow off the Doraemon sculpture. Did he forget about Totoro?

Time to go!

Monday, February 9, 2009

the frozen north

Odori Park, Sapporo, Sunday, around 3 p.m.

We spent the weekend in Hokkaido, at the Sapporo Snow Festival. It snowed most of the time we were there, but we had all the right gear so we weren't cold, and it was beautiful. The boys loved the big piles of powder, and spent most of their time throwing it in each other's faces. The ice sculptures in Odori Park were something, too...

So was the giant slide (called the waku-waku slider) at the Tsudome site. We didn't see too many other grownups going down, but Terry and I waited with the boys for 40 minutes to get to the front of that line, and we weren't going to let the kids have all the fun!

will post details and more pics soon

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Volcano erupts near Tokyo

Read about it here

Fun fact lifted from this AP article: With 108 active volcanos, Japan is among the most seismically busy countries in the world. The country lies in the "Ring of Fire" — a series of volcanoes and fault lines that outline the Pacific Ocean.

Oh, and no ash in our part of town, so I didn't know about this until I woke up this morning and read an email from my friend KQ, who lives in New Jersey.