Sunday, December 21, 2008

The beautiful night view of Hakodate

When I told my Japanese friends that I'd be going with a group from the office on a sight-seeing tour of Hakodate this weekend, I always got the same response.

"Oh, Hakodate! It has a nice night view!"

Sure enough, they were right. Here is a picture that Liz took of the infamous view. (My camera takes horrible pictures in the dark, and I've given up trying.) This was what we looked at before, after and during dinner...

A few of the guys posed for a picture after an amazing all-you-could-eat (and believe me, I did!) very fresh seafood dinner...

They said that by turning sideways they'd look slimmer, haha. Here is a group picture, taken at the Kitajima Saburo Museum -- he's a famous Japanese singer from Hakodate, pictured on the walls.

That's Nakano-san who's pointing his fingers over my head, ha.

What a fun group! We had a good time visiting Hokodate, which is on the island Hokkaido, a few hours north of Kuji.

Besides gawking at the night view and visiting the museum, we also went to a convent (very interesting, since they're not at all common in Japan), a tower, and a fireworks show called "Christmas Fantasy."

Now I'm preparing for a bigger trip -- my journey to Indianapolis (by way of Tokyo, Seattle and Chicago). It will probably be a while before I post another blog entry since I'll be on-the-go so much for the next couple of weeks.

No matter where in the world you are, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


chammers said...

Hi Dana,

I'm Chris, Rick & Val Hammersley's son. I'm living in Seattle. Depending on your layover, maybe I can come out to the airport and meet you for coffee? Call me at 646.387.7373 if you're able. Have a Happy Holiday and tell your parents I said Merry Christmas!

Lauren said...

I am so excited that you are coming home for Christmas!!!! I can't wait to see you! I will miss reading your blogs for the next couple week!
Love you!

grace said...

My family took me to Hakodate too! I loved the night view, it lived up to all of the hype! I hope you were able to eat some ika since it's the mascot of the city! I didn't see the museum you went to but did visit the convent and the tower. Lotsa fun! Please enjoy Indiana for me, Doug and I won't be flying there this holiday. Please say hello to us from the airport in Seattle when you have your layover! Merry Christmas!

Dawn said...

Hope you have a safe journey home. I know I'll miss your blogs, but I'm happy I'll see you in person. BTW, they wre right - Hakodate is a beautiful night view.

Jennifer said...


I could look at the night view picture forever too. Isn't God's handywork say the least!