Japan Diaries 4: Weekend 9

Weekend 9: January 1-2, 2022 Day 61: January 1, 2022 Saturday - New Year, New Adventures Happy New Year everyone! My Filipino friends and I stayed up late waiting for the clock to strike 12 to celebrate New Year. Although our Media Noche was not as grand as what we usually have back in the Philippines , we were contented with being with each other and celebrating this holiday together. Me and my friends finalizing our Certificate of Eligibility Since we stayed up late, naturally we also woke up late. We spent the whole morning finalizing our paperwork for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) application so that we could bring our family here to Japan . We are planning to submit these to the Sapporo Immigration Office on January 5th.  Here's our New Year's meal Drinking Sapporo beer in Sapporo City We decided to just stay at home the whole day to rest and make our itinerary for the next few days. Before sleeping we watched the film Brightburn. Overall, we might not have visited

Tanukikoji Shopping Street - Hokkaido

Tanukikoji Shopping Street ( 狸小路商店街 ) is a kilometer-long covered arcade that stretches from Minami 3 Nishi 1-7 chome and Minami 2 Jonishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City in Hokkaido Prefecture. It is one of the most popular shopping places for visitors and people in Sapporo City. Tanukikoji Shopping Street Tanukikoji Shopping Street details Tanukikoji Shopping Street is one of the oldest shopping streets in Hokkaido. The development of the shopping arcade started sometime in 1869 after the Meiji Government established the Hokkaido Development Commission in Sapporo. The first restaurants and merchant houses opened in what is not Tanukikoji 2 and 3 chome. From there, the merchant community began to grow and slowly occupied more and more blocks.  Tanukikoji Shopping Street - Sapporo City, Hokkaido The tanuki (raccoon dog) is a part of Japanese folklore known to bring good fortune. While koji road dealer. At present, Tanukikoji Shopping Street runs east to west of downtown Sapporo. This cover

Odori Park - Hokkaido

Odori Park ( 大通公園 ) is located in the center of Sapporo City in Hokkaido Prefecture and is perhaps the most popular and visited park not only in the city but also in the prefecture. Odori Park Odori Park details  ( Winter Edition ) The name Odori is written in kanji as 大通 means "large street". Historically, in the 1869 city development plan of Shima Yoshitake , the park was supposed to be a large street that divides Sapporo into the northern part (public officers) and the southern park (residential). Odori Park - Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture However, in 1871,  Iwamura Michitoshi  took over the urban planning of Sapporo after Shima's dismissal for mismanagement. Michitoshi remodeled the plan and constructed a firebreak called Kabo-sen at the current location of  Odori Park . Odori 12 Since then, different parts of the land where the park is served different purposes like military parade grounds, flower gardens, potato gardens, and even a dump site. When Japan los

Japan Diaries 4: Week 9

Week 9: December 27-31, 2021 Day 56: December 27, 2021 Monday - Rumoi Good morning everyone! Today is officially the first day of winter vacation for the students. Unlike in the Philippines where teachers are also on vacation, we are required to report for work until the school officially closes for the Shogatsu or New Year season which is from December 29 to January 3. Students, on the other hand, return to school on the third week of January. Rumoi High School 12/27/21 Inside one of Motoyama-sensei's classes Some teachers take this opportunity to file their nenkyu or paid leaves while others prefer to report back to work on the 4th of January. For this year I chose to report for work on the 27th and 28th of December and use my nenkyu from the 4th to the 14th.  Here's what I did today: 1st period - Essay writing @ Eiken Class of Motoyama-sensei Rumoi City Hall Kazumo chan greeted me as I went inside Rumoi City Hall to get my  "My Number Card" 3rd - 4th period: Seki

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