I was so excited to see you are in Sapporo!! In 1968 I travelled to Japan with 22 other students from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. We spent one month in Sapporo. We stayed with families all over the area. My family was in the suburbs, I think. I had no idea of the lay of the land...I had just turned 18 and came from a tiny town in Alaska. I felt right at home in Sapporo!!
My family had no running HOT water and the toilet had no water at all...it was just one where a vacuum truck came once a week and sucked out all the waste...we hid inside on that day!!! I imagine it is more modern now, but I loved every second of it.
We were there during the Snow Festival and actually constructed a beaver...for Oregon and the students at the college we attended that month, made a bear!! I think the college was Hokusei Gakuin (or something like that)...it was over 40 years ago!!
I hope you will tell us more about your life there..or just Sparkmail me!! I would love to hear how it is now.
I was very interested in the Ainu that lived in the northern part of Hokkaido. They looked so much like the Native Alaskans where I grew up!! My daughter's father is an Alaska Native, so she is,as well. Recently, she decided to do a bit of research on the Internet an found there IS a DNA connection between the Tlingit of SE Alaska and the Ainu!!!
Anyway...I got a bit carried away..but seeing you mention Sapporo brought back so many old memories.
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