Because I liked the lamp and the sign.
Technically, these are both in the annex building rather than the main museum. The stuffed dog was apparently a local hero, who used to help the fire brigade in rescues.
Pooh does some damn fine work there, I have to say.
The lavishly decorated former home of the Aoyama family, who built it all on herring money. (There's a lot of herring in Otaru.) Picture 2 is a detail of one of the ceilings.
Accompanied for most of the journey by popular eighties band A Flock Of Seagulls. To be honest, this one probably works better as a video
Because kids love the great taste of ice cream on a hot sunny day. Just look at the flavours you can choose from (actual translation of picture 2):
- sea urchin
- squid ink
We can confirm that the sea urchin and wasabi flavours are scrummy, but weird. (Sadly, they'd run out of natto, which is widely regarded as Japan's Most Inedible Foodstuff.)
The penultimate leg of our hop around Hokkaido brought us to Otaru, and the Hotel Sonia's shameless cash-in sequel Hotel Sonia II.