Sapporo's entertainment district, just as the night draws in.
Used in the 1972 Winter Olympics, now a tourist attraction with a chairlift attached.
Spiffy little restaurant recommended by the manager of The Belated Birthday Girl's favourite coffee shop.
Some items from their exhibition Hokkaido Three-Dimensional Art '08.
1. 64 Persons' Foot-Shapes That Evoke Memories by Tamura Yoko.
2. Spread by Kato Hiroko.
3. The Wall by Nomata Keiji.
4. The Circle by Dam Dang Lai.
5. Face by Suzuki Takashi.
From outside by night, then from inside by day.
Following the Shrine Festival, there's an enormous parade through the streets of Sapporo.
The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters play the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Sapporo Dome. Baseball is incredibly popular in Japan, as the mascot outside a Sapporo bakery in picture 2 demonstrates.
(In case you're interested, yoghurt won 3-1.)
In which the Hokkaido Jingu Shinto Shrine has the equivalent of a big old church fete. In picture 4, The Belated Birthday Girl demonstrates the snack food known as Tornado Potato.