Kamui Misaki

First hitchhiking trip in Japan to Kamui Misaki (in Ainu Kamui 神威 is a spirit or a divine being). A narrow path follows the length of this promontory and ends with a 300 degree view of bright blue sea of Japan and the human shaped Kamui rock. The colour of the sea here is the legendary Shakotan Blue. The family that drove me here came to Shakotan all the way from Osaka just to see this colour in person. This was the first experience of Japanese charming and disarming generosity.

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Brutal Sapporo

Like everything else about Hokkaido, the architecture here is not typical of Japan. There is no old style roofs that are prevalent in the rest of the japan. Instead, a rough square architectural style finds its place here – right angles, small windows, exposed concrete. Needles to say, some of the warmest hearts inhibit these tough looking structures.

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