I’m sad that this will probably be the last of my Sapporo posts, but I’m also pretty excited about sharing all these photos. Sapporo is a wonderful city (I think so, anyway), and it was delightful to explore and wander through the city’s streets (even if my snow boots were starting to give me a bit of pain…)
As mentioned in a previous post, my friend and I stayed in the Susukino area, which is supposed to be the red light district. As it turns out, Susukino also had some pretty impressive doors. I suppose bars and clubs do tend to have interesting entrances to give an impression that the inside is also interesting (?)
Well, I didn’t really mind where the doors were leading in to – I just wanted photos of the doors. And good thing all these bars/clubs are closed during the day! It meant I could get these shots while the doors were closed, and without having to wait for people walking in and out. The things you start appreciating after participating in Thursday Doors for a while, hey?
But nighttime door hunting was good too. I found this next one on the same street that they had the ice sculptures for the Snow Festival. Even while admiring the intricate sculptures, I still kept an eye out for interesting doors!
And there’s obviously more to Susukino (and Sapporo) than bars and clubs. However, doors for restaurants, cafes and shops, tended to be more humble. I really liked the entrance of this fugu shop though (fugu is puffer fish)
Part of me did want to try eating fugu because it is renowned for being so difficult to prepare (Japanese chefs spend years training to be qualified to prepare and serve fugu), but I decided against it in the end because (1) I don’t think my palate is sensitive enough to distinguish and hence appreciate the difference between fugu and other fish, (2) it was early morning when I walked past for this photo, so the place was closed anyway, and (3) KF wasn’t too keen on me risking my life for this fish, considering we still had most of the trip left to go (and more doors to see!)
In this final photo, below, I realise it’s a bit hard to see the door, but I wanted to include it because I like the little green box on the left / in the foreground. I think it’s for newspapers, and technically that has a door too, right? Also, for some reason, I just really like seeing smaller buildings nestled amongst ones that are so much bigger.
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