Hokkaido... first impression

Jan 06, 2020,16:38 PM

I arrived last night for a two week stay in Sapporo and Asahikawa... checked in and headed out for some dinner.  Here are a couple of first impressions.  Cold, but not much snow at the moment in central Sapporo.  The old government building and back streets... people bundled up against the wind.

Looking forward to some cool time in the north...


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Love the chill of that first photo —

 By: orahu : January 6th, 2020-16:56
—evokes total coldness, in a good way. Enjoy your time in the north!
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Thanks orahu...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:00
My pedometer is hitting max as I walk around the city... found a very nice black Nikon F3P with motor drive at one of my favorite used camera shops... very tempting but in the end I resisted ; ) Casey
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 By: Mikesr  : January 6th, 2020-17:24
Very cool pic indeed
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Thank you Mikesr...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:02
on previous visits I toured the old government building... Hokkaido has a very interesting history... the Sapporo Brewery uses the Polar Star (North Star) as it's logo... that's another tour ; ) Casey
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Enjoy your stay.

 By: fernando : January 6th, 2020-19:12
For the past couple of years there was a huge amount of snow at this time. In December 2018 ...  
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fernando... Odori Park has almost no snow... but forecast for later in the week

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:06
I visited my fav restaurant for lunch... normally I have hokke for lunch but it seems only to be available at night... it means I have to go back in the evening... Tomorrow I might head for Otaru for sushi and a walk around the port city... Casey
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For somewhere close (near Odori Park)..

 By: fernando : January 7th, 2020-02:11
try the Nijo market, also great for sushi. fernando
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Thanks for the tip fernando...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-02:15
I have been to one fish market across the river from Odori Park.... will check it out....
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You are there

 By: Quan : January 6th, 2020-20:01
very nice cold impression series Enjoy your trip and waiting for your nice snowy one Cheers
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Thanks John...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:08
Shooting mostly film again this trip... loaded up on ISO100 and 400... only two rolls of Kodak Gold 200. BTW, did you get your Nikon to the repair shop? Casey
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 By: Quan : January 7th, 2020-22:38
Just sent it in yesterday to a third party repair shop and just now the guy text and said ready to pick up. Hope there is no war so I can bring it to my March trip to shot snowy
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hahaha... let me know if you spend anytime in Tokyo...

 By: cshimokita : January 8th, 2020-01:18
Early March should have snow in the North... the season seems to be later and later with passing years... with exceptions of course ; ) One day turn around with service... must not have been a serious problem... Casey
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Thank you horology8...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:10
the open space in front of the government building was right next to my restaurant... a couple of blocks from Sapporo Station. Little snow but lots of lights ; ) Casey
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Thanks Nico...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:13
Traveling a little light this trip... only three cameras plus the phone cam which I almost never use... I have an old flip phone with no internet, memory chip, nor email, so no way to download the phone photos ; ) Casey
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"Normal" hahaha...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-04:02
Three is my minimum for an extended photo shoot... main film camera, back-up film body, and fixed lens mirror-less digital. The two film cameras are Nikon F3P & F3.... the F3 has a different focus screen that works better with a wide angle lens. This trip... 
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I see! ;p [nt]

 By: amanico : January 7th, 2020-05:57
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Hope you get to go to Hakodate and climb the mountain ...

 By: centurionone : January 6th, 2020-23:52
The view is to die for 😍
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Thanks centurionone...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-01:15
Won't make it to Hakodate this trip, but I have been a couple of time... the night view of the city from the mountain is awesome. Casey
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I always enjoy your Japan pictures immensely, Casey.

 By: ChristianDK : January 7th, 2020-13:24
There is something about “every day Japan” that is endlessly fascinating. Enjoy your trip and please post more. Christian
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Mostly film this trip, which requires development and scanning...

 By: cshimokita : January 7th, 2020-14:25
but I will do some digital updates from time to time... having trouble with my laptop battery (it seems to be dead or dying)... still plugged in so I might be okay for the next 12 days... fingers crossed ; ) Casey
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 By: Jurry : January 14th, 2020-08:14
The blue in that first picture almost makes you feel the crisp cool air while the yellow/orange lights on the right emphasize that typical winter warm cozy family inside of family homes. The combination makes it a picture I can stare at for hours Thanks f... 
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One of the very few locations in Japan lit-up with the photographer in mind

 By: cshimokita : January 14th, 2020-13:21
Normally there's a huge information sign in the middle of the shot... can be quite frustrating ; ) Monday I moved to Asahikawa where it's much colder, but again not as much snow as previous years... Casey
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