Using Chopsticks - do's and dont's
Hold chopsticks towards the ends, not in the middle. When you're not using them or have finished eating, lay them in front of you with the tips pointing to the left. Don't stick chopsticks into your food, especially not into rice; at funerals chopsticks are stuck into the rice that isput on the altar. Don't pass food with your chopsticks directly to someone elses chopsticks; at funerals, bones of the cremated body are passed this way from person to person! Don't point at things with them , or play or wave them around, or move plates or bowls with them. If you've already used your chopsticks, transfer food from shared plates onto yours by using the opposite ends. Etiquette is very important in Japan and your efforts will be appreciated!!
"Erm, what did I do there? (2004)"
This is very strange but I did not really visit many sites in Sapporo although I was there for 3 days.
Went out to Shiraoi and Otaru where I spent most of the days and hardly walked around Sapporo.
Got lost many times in the underground shopping mall of the JR station. Esta, Apia, Daimaru - many shopping arcades with fabulous food courts selling many yummylicious stuff.
Visited Tanukukoji and vicinity to pick up souvenirs and more food.
This was about the only site of interest that piqued my interest.
Went there about an hour's before closing time - hardly a soul in sight which can be quite creepy. Part of the walks are cut through the Nopporo forests which is dark and desolated....
In addition, imagine you were the only folk wearing modern dress, whilst the rest of the staff prance around the museum grounds in Edo period costumes and clogs.
Bring on the shamisens, koto or whatever...
"Sapporo (2009) : Erm, what did I do there?"
Seriously, another unmemorable stay in Sapporo. Visited the shopping malls (again), visited the seafood market and the Shiroi Koibito factory. Had a nerve wrecking time trying to find parking and navigate around the city. Not so likeable ...