Hokkaido July 2010 Trip Day 4 - Otaru the bay city

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I would like to try this restaurant actually. It looks pretty good. :"D

Waking up pretty early on the day 4, to catch a train to the Otaru City. (The train from Sapporo tooks like around 3-4 hours to arrived at Otaru). Seriously I am not sure how Otaru looks like. But, I know that there will be a lot of excitement that is waiting for me out there. Anyway, here is the story goes... :)

More photos after the jump...

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Nice sunny day. :) Lovely

Anyway we arriving kinda early at the train station. So while we are waiting, (here I go again) wondering around the train station to get some quick shot here and there before we depart.

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It is still pretty empty at the train station. Still early I guess
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Out of Service
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Nobody on the opposite of the platform. Feel kinda strange. (usually it is pack!)

I guess I fall asleep during the long trip, but I manage to wake up before we got there. Found that we are pretty much surrounded by sea and some pretty classic japanese houses. The view is just nice... not to mentioned that the weather is on our side as well. :D Arriving at the Otaru, a lot of people is getting down the stations.

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The Otaru train station
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It makes me feel like I am in San Frans. :"D
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At the flee market
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A lot of hanger around the area. :)
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Peeps, welcoem to San Frans. (I mean Otaru). :")

Out from the station, find that the sunshine is pretty warm out there. Wondering around the city and slowly moving closer and closer to the bay area...We stopped by a flee market along our way where there is a lot of glass art products are sold there. :) and yes good discovery, there is a summer fest there again!! :"D nicely setup and some dancing performance is in progress. excellent! :) Even though I could not really get pretty close to the dancing area, but again you could already feel the joy-ness and the energy delivered by the dancer. After the performance, is time to cured the hungry tummy again. :"D

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Time to eat! :"D
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The game booth! :"D
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The dance performance. :D
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Started the dance!
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Just feel the happiness and energy that they deliever. :)
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The Finale - All performers is out now.
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This is what happen when performers get really excited. They took off their cloth. ;")

Otaru is a pretty nice and cozy town. full with a lot of small shops along the street where a lot of their local products (specially art products) are sold here. Something quite interesting is that, they even have a small class that allow the visitors to create their own glass art masterpiece. :) I think all the desserts selling in Otaru are very very delicious. :") (So as you know we have tried most of the foods and desserts that we think we would like to try) x"D

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I just love the blue sky that day. :)
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One customer is experiencing how to do the art glass. :)
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Yeah kid could have their own class as well. :)
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A relaxing moment.
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Yeah, we have our tea time here. :)
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Taste very good in deed. :"D (Yummy)
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This is a very very nice cheese cake house.
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Guess what we buy here. :"D
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Ice cream!! :D
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The ice cream shop. :")
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This uncle bake very nice layers cake. x")~
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The view of the city.
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We tried the grilled scallops. :")
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Sun is setting...
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I think this building is pretty interesting. :)

It is closed to the evening, in the end, we make the decision to try the grill lamb, since we miss it last night (Yes it is Gengis Kan) and we meet a japense university student who could speak English. We have a chat, and he is pretty interested to improved his English. We are glad that we could communicate with someone who could understand us. It makes the trip very interesting in deed. :)

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the gentleman speaks good English. :)
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Some evening view.
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I just love the flare there. somehow. :")

And finally, the main event of the day I think, the fireworks of the summer fest. We have wait for a while, buying some tidbits wondering around the area before the evening get darks. Anyway, I think the fireworks is superb. It lasted like 40 minutes and I could just say that it is awesome. At some moment, I just stopped myself and enjoy the moment that I have, hearing people cheers during the fireworks session. :) It is just a very nice experience I will say.

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Waiting for the event to start. :) Woo Hoo!
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Everybody is waiting anxiously.
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Yeah the fireworks are very very nice! x"D *scream*

Anyway, we went back the fireworks show. (A lot of people did). It has been a very tiring night traveling, walking. But the experience that we gained in Otaru is just extraordinary. :) Alright. I will stop my post now. More takes and stories coming up next on day 5. Thanks for reading. Night people. :)

* For those who are interested, you could view the full series here. Thanks. :)

5 comments :

  1. as usual lovely...looking forward to the next day :)

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  2. Agreed w/ MW, lovely...looking forward yr other day series...

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  3. 哈哈,在马来西亚,无论一个庆典到达多么高潮的境界,都不会有机会看到有人在大街上脱衣服的…… :P

    那边的庆典,似乎很隆重呢~

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  4. 家梅, 那是他们表演的服装。只是,之前,穿了件外套,到了兴起时,就开始脱衣。只是表演,而且他们还跟观众握手呢。:D

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