One Man Walking

2008-07-01 Into Sapporo

July 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

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 :-)

The Google car googling! 

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.

Yakiniku with the Hopkins 

Word of the day: kinjo = neighbour

Distance today: 41 km

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David St George // Jul 3, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Mmmm food! Enjoying your adventures!

  • 2 Bex // Jul 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Hidden is right – you never seem to show these kilos that you apparently put on!
    So jealous of the sunshine you are getting right now – it is pouring with rain in Dublin and promises to continue pouring for the next 5 days! :-(

  • 3 craig // Jul 3, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    David: check out for some good photography. I’m really missing my DSLR now

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