|Odori Park at Night|
After sleeping in a bit on Friday and going for a run, SMS and I headed out to the airport. We arrived at our hotel around 5:15 and met up with our friends for dinner at 5:30. We took a taxi over to the Sapporo Beer Garden, which is about 2 miles from Odori Park. Note that it is not the Sapporo Beer Factory- I know that doesn't make sense but trust me, it's a rookie mistake which I may have made circa 2007.
We ended up being a group of six and ordered up Jinhisukan, otherwise known as Genghis Khan. It's a delicious dish of lamb and veggies cooked on a large cast-iron dome grill. Unlike some lamb dishes, it's most delicious when cooked to crispiness. When we arrived, we were given plastic bags to place our coats in to shield them from carrying away too much of a lamb flavor from the smoke, but we still smelled like second-hand lamb for most of the evening. This was not a bad thing!
Afterwards, we cabbed it back to Odori Park and walked all 11 blocks to see the snow sculptures. The most famous one from this festival seems to be the Star Wars montage, a 50-feet tall, 3,500 ton snow Star Wars-themed Mt Rushmore. It attracted huge crowds and we were part of it! We saw the light/audio show that went along with it and it was pretty impressive. We also saw a huge model of a Manilla cathedral and a beautiful model of the Kasuga Taisha shrine in Nara. More information on the sculptures can be found at this Odori Park link. It was really impressive and we had a great time although we were cold by the end.
Our friends met up with us at 5:15 and we walked along the canal and took pictures. We got a group shot in a candlelit heart, as well as some couple shots. After walking along the small section of canal with the lanterns, it was time for dinner. It took a little while to find a place but we ultimately had a delicious sushi meal at a restaurant near the station. By the time we were done, the candles were blown out along the Temiyasen Kaijo, but we walked through it anyway, including a small snow maze. It was very cool.
|Pancakes, delicious pancakes!|
|Ice Sculptures in Susukino- note the fish in ice in the left pictures!|
|Rainy day in Odori! Bears do not like rain! I, however, like king crab on a stick!|
|Our favorite subway warning sign|
|SMS' new tomodachi!|