- 札 – Tag, paper money, bid
- 幌 – canopy, awning, hood
Sapporo itself seemed like a pretty neat town. Unfortunately, I was only there for less than 24 hours, so there was only so much I could see. Here’s what I got to.
The Sapporo Beer Factory is worth a visit. I will say, if you don’t speak any Japanese, prepare to be considerably underwhelmed. Its mostly old Sapporo Beer pictures and old Japan maps. If you’re madly in love with Sapporo beer, or even if you just had it from time to time while you ate Sushi in the U.S., give it a visit.
Odori Park was surprisingly pleasant, and long. The thing almost stretches an entire Kilometer! Almost. I considered walking the whole thing, and am by no means anti-nature, but you see one tree….you kind of see them all….All jokes aside, beautiful park right in the middle of the city.
As day turned to night, I began to head towards my AirBnb. I could make the story of me trying to find my AirBnB into a post of it’s own, but here’s the shortened version. Mind you, its 8 PM, I’ve been walking around the city all day, am exhausted and just want to sleep.
Me: “Moshi moshi…ano….eigo ga?….”
AirBnb Woman (That sounded like a guy on the phone): “Yes, I speak English, do you stay with us?”
Me: “Yeah, I’m just looking for the place now, the address you listed has me in front of a 7-11…”
AirBnb Woman: “Ah, ok, do you watch small park.”
Me: “Can I see small park? …..No, just a 7-11, what’s the park’s name I can put it in my phone.”
AirBnb Woman: “No name, just park. Find park.”
I walk around the 7-11 3 or 4 times.
Me: “I’m sorry, but I don’t see a park, is there anything else to describe your apartment?”
AirBnb: “Sorry, I cannot understand.”
Me: “Where is apartment?”
AirBnb: “Please speak more slow.”
Me: “Apato ga doko desu ka?”
AirBnb: “Ah please wait.”
Me: (hmmm, maybe these 7-11 guys know where this address my phone is saying 7-11, really is)
(They didn’t know)
(Call from AirBnb woman 10 minutes later): “Hello, I’m park.”
Me: “You’re at the park?”
AirBnb Woman: “Yes”
Me: “Can you send me location of park?”
AirBnb Woman: “Sorry, I don’t speak English.”
Me: (frustrated) “Koen no basho wa nan desu ka?”
AirBnb: (tells me park name)
Me: “……thank you……..”
I put the park name into my phone, and start walking. Ten to fifteen minutes later, I find said park. The thing was the size a driveway and it had nothing but grass and a sign that read park in Japanese.
Me: “Ah, hi, thank you for coming, sorry I couldn’t find the place by myself.”
AirBnb MAN: “Ah no problem.”
We walk to this apartment and I had to ask…
Me: “AirBnb picture is woman, no?”
AirBnb Man: “Ah yes, my wife.”
We arrived at the apartment, I tried my best to not look or sound irritated even though the address was not the same as the one given. Oh well. There was a bed, a phone charger, and “free-wifi.” I very quickly found myself asleep.