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Enjoying their beautiful city on a heated tram seat 🚃

Today’s plan:

tram 🚃
sushi train 🍣
shrine ⛩
market 🥬
dog clothes shopping 🐶

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I forgot to mention something last night. This is a relay station and stables: when travelling you’d swap your horses here. Inside the stables they have life size replica horses (very realistic) and IT SMELLS EXACTLY LIKE STABLES! Like, I dunno they brought in a bunch of horse pee or something.

However our most important find today was REFRIGERATED LOCKERS at a shopping mall.

Out the back is Sauron’s tower. Apparently the official name is Centennial Tower. You know, just in case you thought they were serious about being contrite about the decimation of Ainu culture like they pretend in the Museum.

It’s a little more brutalist and imposing in person.

All these red stars on every building and massive government-run industrial development was making me think of Soviet Russia (not far away, of course), and, well, this is the Museum of Hokkaido.

Did I mention it was cold? At some point I picked up some amazingly warm gloves and we bought some hot cans of corn soup out of the vending machine.

When you’re running an Imperialist colonisation you need a HUGE agricultural school barracks, gymnasium (you know, for Kendo), and most importantly, TRAINS!! 🚂

Colonisation was pretty tough for a lot of the colonisers too though. Apparently most of the ‘first settlers’ lived in huts like this made of reeds and straw. I can confirm it was just as cold inside as you imagine.

Naturally the Japanese asked Americans for assistance colonising a land that was already full of people. I guess Australians were still too busy committing their own genocide. Here’s two USA-inspired buildings: a dairy barn, and the Hokkaido Development Commission offices.

So the recent history of Hokkaido is one of colonisation and all that goes with that. This building is literally the Colonial Office.

Did I mention it was really freaking cold? They put little socks on the padlocks to stop them freezing.

The photos don’t really donit justice but the boats were BIG.

This operation was huge. The had a whole big shed full of sacks of rice the ‘family business’ GREW ON THEIR OWN LAND to feed the workers.

Here’s a building complex associated with a family owned herring fishing business by which I mean a huge 100+ worker operation. The things that look like wooden buckets are backpacks that workers filled with fish to transport them to the tight place for processing.

What do you do when you have a private school and need to get it off your hands? That’s right you donate it to the open air museum.

Here’s the Entrance: a 3/4 size replica of the original Sapporo Railway Station.

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