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Sapporo White Illuminations

  • 2013.12.24









Christmas is just around the corner. People are all excited and the town is getting pretty and decorated with lots of lights and smiling people.

The other day after work, I was going back home walking through Odori Park and I saw many fascinating illuminations. “Sapporo white illumination” had started! Being too oblivious, though I was born and grew up in Sapporo, I had no idea by then that this event takes place every winter! The lights were all gorgeous. I stopped in front of one of them and admired it for a while. Then, I realized there were quite a lot of people around and many of them were couples and foreign tourists.

“Oh, I’m in a sight-seeing spot now.”

On my break that day, I passed by the Tokei-dai to grab some lunch. There were again many people with nice big black cameras taking pictures of the scenery or themselves in front of the building. “Oh, I’m in a sight-seeing spot.” I thought the exactly same thing again.

I’d forgotten that I live in one of the nicest tourism areas in Japan. I felt that this is so special that while at work I get to see two sight-seeing spots without spending any money or taking any time. Not so many people can enjoy this kind of experience. I felt very lucky wandering around the town.

The illuminations in Odori Park will continue until Christmas. I think that not only tourists, but Sapporo residents should attend events like this and make Sapporo a more cheerful and loveable town!