Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Sapporo Pioneers - BIG TALL ONES

23rd October, 2003 - Just down the road from the Historical Village is another memorial to the pioneers of Sapporo and Hokkaido... it's called the 100th Anniversary Memorial Park (Hyakunen Kinentou)... although you might think they'd mention what the anniversary was for!! Actually, like many parks in Sapporo, it's a very nice park... but unlike many parks in Sapporo this one has a very VERY BIG ...... thing.  ?;`) To be honest, I'm not sure what they were thinking when they made this other thing than... "let's make it big". Ok... Actually you can climb it (not sure I'd go in there on a dark afternoon though)... and you can perhaps make out the observation deck about 3-4 stories up. That gives you some sense of scale.

It's not a bad view of Sapporo, and to be honest, this memorial can be seen from a long distance away.

And you never know who you might bump into when you go for a walk in a Sapporo park. Oops... do I know you?

But if Hollywood has taught us anything, it is this... the folly of man is in our pride and our desire to make great big edifices to our dominance over the earth. In the end, nature has a way of tearing down our towers of hubris. It was a terrible, terrible sight to witness to...  ?;^P
(No Godzilla jokes please - sorry T-chan)

The park is free, and so is the tower observation deck. Don't go in with high expectations and you won't be disappointed. Also - you couldn't go to the Historical Park and not come here... that would be wrong.

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