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Volcano Science Museum, Toyako Onsen

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Mount Usu caused a fair amount of damage to Toyako Onsen when it erupted back in 2000, but amazingly no lives were lost. This museum tells the story. Picture 1 by The BBG.

Here Be Dragons

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Map of Lake Toya (the dragon is the local symbol for the area) and the lake itself. Picture 2 by The Belated Birthday Girl.

Summer nights in Toyako Onsen

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Two regular events take place every night in Toyako Onsen during the summer, as advertised in the first picture. There's a firework display on the lake, the cue for endless futile attempts to capture it using a cameraphone. And before the fireworks, there's a rather fun circle dance in the harbour - there are only six steps involved, and everyone can join in.
22nd Oct 2006, 11:24   | tags:,comments (0)

Welcome to Toyako Onsen...

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...the penultimate leg of our Japan tour. Although strictly speaking, "welcome to the Hotel Kawanami" is more accurate, and can be sung to the tune of Hotel California. Wakka-wakka-wow wakka-wak wah wah.
22nd Oct 2006, 11:24   | tags:,comments (0)

QB Barbers, Sapporo Station

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Ever passed through London Euston station and seen Cut Barbers? I'm sure they'd be the first to admit that they stole the whole idea of no-frills voucher-paid hoover-finished station-based haircuts from QB in Japan.
21st Oct 2006, 23:17   | tags:,comments (0)

Sapporo Beer Museum

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Various displays from the showcase for Japan's premier not-quite-as-good-as-Asahi beer. The first is from a series of models theoretically showing you how they make beer (not to scale): the second is a pre-release display of Sapporo's newest malt beer, guarded by ferocious animals: and the third is a stained glass window from the old brewery building, taken by The BBG.

Sapporo Biergarten

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The restaurant attached to the Sapporo Beer Museum, where you can eat jingisukan (pronounced like Genghis Khan - it's Mongolian barbecued lamb) and drink their not-quite-as-good-as-Asahi beer. Picture 2 by The BBG.

Sapporo clock tower

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The classic tourist photo from Sapporo. First one by me, second one by The BBG.