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Sapporo

Sapporo is internationally famous for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. It is the fourth largest city in Japan. It also hosts the Sapporo Snow Festival which annually attracts about two million tourists gathered from the four corners of the Earth. Sapporo Brewery is also well-known and this brand of Japanese beer can even be found in vending machines all around Japan. The city has a humid continental climate. The city owes much of its modern development to American William Clark, who established an agricultural college on Hokkaido, sought to increase the farming and mining capacity of the region and even taught the Bible here as an ethics course. Sapporo was horrendously bombed by the Allies at the end of World War II by no less than 30 B-29s in a single raid, but her resilient people quickly bounced back to rebuild. Sapporo has emerged as a world-class destination that Remote Lands clientele will adore. It's clean and safe. Just how safe? During the G8 Summit held in this area back in 2008, only four people were arrested: this shows how orderly the Japanese people are.
Sapporo is internationally famous for having hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics. It is the fourth largest city in Japan. It also hosts the Sapporo Snow Festival which annually attracts about two million tourists gathered from the four corners of the Earth. Sapporo Brewery is also well-known and this brand of Japanese beer can even be found in vending machines all around Japan. The city has a humid continental climate. The city owes much of its modern development to American William Clark, who established an agricultural college on Hokkaido, sought to increase the farming and mining capacity of the region and even taught the Bible here as an ethics course. Sapporo was horrendously bombed by the Allies at the end of World War II by no less than 30 B-29s in a single raid, but her resilient people quickly bounced back to rebuild. Sapporo has emerged as a world-class destination that Remote Lands clientele will adore. It's clean and safe. Just how safe? During the G8 Summit held in this area back in 2008, only four people were arrested: this shows how orderly the Japanese people are.

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Ainu Music

Although the Ainus have many traditional forms of dance and music performance that you will see at Porotokotan, lately younger Ainus have been injecting modern influences into their music. Ainu jaw harps and stringed instruments that produce haunting, warbling sounds feature alongside turntables and hip hop beats in Ainu performances in large cities in Japan such as Tokyo, where many of the younger generation have settled. Chat with Ainus young and old about their vision for the future of their people and their culture.

Kaiseki Dinner

Return to Ginrinsou for a traditional, multi-course dinner known as kaiseki. Anywhere from six to 15 courses are served, each incorporating local ingredients and classic dishes such as sashimi, sushi, light hot pot stews, miso soup, grilled meats and Japanese pickles to perk up the palate.

Private Onsen

After a long day of sight-seeing and driving, take a soothing soak in Ginrinsou's private onsen that overlooks Ishikari Bay. Onsens are great places to meet Japanese at their most relaxed and free. Going for a communal bath is not just about undressing your clothes. You also undress your worries and remove social boundaries. There are no white collars or blue collars, so it's an easy environment to start up a conversation.

Sapporo Art Park

Start your day with a stroll through Sapporo Art Park with a noted contemporary art expert. This serene park is home to a contemporary art museum, sculpture park and a variety of artists and artisanal studios.

Shiraoi Ainu Museum

Visit the Shiraoi Ainu Museum, also called Porotokotan. Opened in 1965, the museum is home to a building detailing the history and lifestyle of the Ainus and a reproduction of a traditional Ainu village. Unfortunately there are no authentic Ainu villages left as most Ainus have assimilated into Japanese society. The Ainu have inhabited Hokkaido for centuries and today there are 24,000-60,000 Ainus - not very many, although it is a decent-sized population considering all of Hokkaido has six million people. Their resemblance more to Caucasians than Japanese, and their strong ties to nature through their animist religion, distinguishes the Ainus.

The Old Port

Just before sunset, stroll along Otaru's charming cobblestone walkways along its canals, remnants of a bygone era when the city was a major port. Commercial barges made their way through here and unloaded their cargo in the many warehouses that line the canals. Today, these buildings have been converted into charming glassworks shops, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques.

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