For a town day I was pretty slow at breaking camp, but once I was moving I moved fast, pausing only to check emails and buy more food as I went. I skirted around Sapporo itself and eventually came to the house of Richard and Masako Hopkins. Many years ago Richard lived across the road from me in southern England and our mothers kept in touch well enough that news of my trip was passed on and I’ve got shelter for a few days. Shelter from the sun that is, it was gorgeous today. I should have been working on my tan :-)
Richard’s been here for nearly 10 years I think and knows a lot about fitting into Japanese society. It’s clear he really loves Hokkaido and I’m starting to lean that way too. Great summer weather so far and I’ve seen photos of this suburban house under 6ft of snow. Cool!
For dinner we went to Gyu Kaku, a yaki-niku (you cook your food over a grill at your table) restaurant nearby. It was quite a feast and I’m sure I’ll come out of this homestay with a few extra kilos hidden on me somewhere.
Word of the day: kinjo = neighbour
Distance today: 41 km