I've been in Japan for 5 weeks. Because of PARE, I can go to Japan. Sapporo, to be exact. I've dreamed about visiting Japan because I watched anime a lot. Usually, the character is a high school student who lives in Tokyo. But I'm here as a master program student, participate in a international exchange program in Sapporo. So, it's totally different and also very new because I'm Indonesian. So here it goes....
1. It's shockingly COLD.
Yeah I know many people have said that. But if we see the numbers, it's kinda surreal. 19 degree Celsius in Summer?? And now this city is just entering autumn, the temperature is 10 degree. My hands are numb just because I walk outside without gloves. Please pray for me the winter guys. Winter is coming (Ned Stark, Game of Thrones season 1). I bet it will be colder than Winterfell.
2. It's shockingly QUIET.
That is one of many things I like about this city. Even in the most crowded part of Sapporo like Susukino, compared to Bandung or Jakarta (my hometown). I can walk everywhere comfortably because there is not much pollution and sound. I really love walking here. I have walked from my apartment at Kita10 to Kita42 without a purpose, and it was really fun.
3. It's shockingly INTERESTING
Some said that Sapporo is a boring city in the middle of nowhere, not like Tokyo. Some others said that Hokkaido is just interesting in Winter. I've proved that they're wrong. Take a look the next pictures.
|A lake at Asahidake Mountain|
|Windows XP wallpaper? No, it's a vast meadow at Moerenuma Park.|
|Chocolate factory disguised as a Castle|