Their interests matched perfectly, but different notions of play made the encounter more than a little uncomfortable.
After so much time spent in Tokyo, the space and comparatively sparse population of Hokkaido create a wonderful sense of escape. In fact, the area is so different, that it sometimes feels like another country, rather than somewhere a mere shinkansen ride away. And as previously documented, the region’s train stations are often beautifully, and even eerily empty. But that odd feeling of a land utterly unoccupied doesn’t just stop there. Away from the main hubs, it’s amazing just how lacking in humans the landscape can be. An unusual experience, that at certain times, and in certain places, makes it feel like the island’s people have all inexplicably disappeared.
Traditional festivals are always a great sight, but when surrounded by the modernity of the big city, they arguably become even more of a spectacle.