Sunday, April 24, 2005

Sapporo - JSBBA Conference

Sapporo is the fifth-largest city in Japan and it is the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture. The 1972 Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo. This was the first Winter Olympics to be held in Asia. It is known as the home of the eponymous Sapporo beer.
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Sapporo TV Tower, constructed in 1957 and now the landmark tower (147.2 metres) in Odori Park provides a good 360 degree panoramic view of Sapporo from its 90 metre-high viewing platform. Odori Park serves as a site for the famous Snow Festival in February.
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The Clock Tower, the symbol of Sapporo, was constructed in 1878 as a drill hall of Sapporo Agricultural College. It is not particularly stunning though.
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Nicknamed 'Akarenga (Red Brick)', the Old Hokkaido Government Building was built in 1888 as a base for administration of the city's development.
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Hokkaido University, established as Sapporo Agricultural College in 1876, its expansive, 176-hectare campus is also referred to as the Elm Grove. The Ginkyo Avenue stretches for approximately 400 metres. Planted in 1939, these ginkyo trees are over 60 years old.
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Hokkaido is famous for its ramen, and there are ramen shops all over the city. Ramen Valley is known as the most famous tourist spot in Susukino. For less expensive and probably more delicious ramen, check here : http://www.sapporo-esta.jp/ramen/top.html
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When ordering ramen, you'll usually have your choice of broth : miso (fermented soya-bean paste), shoyu (soy sauce) or shio (salt).
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Other famous food is the Sapporo Soup Curry. Not bad.
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The Bank of Japan Otaru Museum opened in May 2003, making use of the former Bank of Japan Otaru Branch building. It provides an appropriate setting to explain the history of the Bank of Japan, its operations, and the financial system.
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The Bank of Japan is the sole issuer of banknotes in Japan. This display introduces various anti-counterfeiting techniques.
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Otaru Canal is the best known of Otaru's attraction, at least for Japanese tourist, which runs east to west close to the harbour area. Besides the canal, there are also a few glass-blowing workshops, hence Otaru's self-promoting comparison to Venice.
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End of March, we attended the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry, JSBBA Conference in Sapporo. From left; Professor Utsumi, myself, Mori-san and Saruta-san.

7 comments:

mrkiasu said...

Just by looking at the picture, i am already in love with the country.

Primrose said...

But no glass-blowing pictures?? :(

Primrose said...

Oh yes, such an interesting travel-blog. I have added you into my blog. Prepare for more traffic your way. ;)

Patrick Leong said...

mr kiasu : thanks for stopping by.

primrose : glass-blowing pictures ? errr...i didnt see glass-blowing in otaru, reason because i have seen much in venice. and no pictures were allowed in those glass-blowing factory. dare not to risk as i am not sure those glass-blowing masters in venice were mafias or not. cheers.

Patrick Leong said...

primrose : thanks. i will link your site to my blog as well later. waiting for a fried to teach me how to do that. i might be good in DNAs but a computer idiot. but i am sure there wouldnt be alot of taffic caused from my site.

Simon said...

you study in Japan? Very nice place...

Melissa said...

The pictures are very nice......