On the not-full flight back to Kuala Lumpur listening to the Japanese-vibed playlist playlist I made for this trip. Three hours and twenty minutes more to go. Thank god this isnt a full flight because we have the entire rows to ourselves! Goodbye backaches and awkward sleep postures. Also, it was super cute to see a line of workers on the airport runway waving goodbye in sync to the passengers (us) looking out of their airplane windows as the plane drove pass them!
Sapporo has been a dream. I love everything about the city. The people, the effort to dress well, the culture, the food, the snow capped mountains, the parks, the neon lighted shopping streets. Its difficult to leave places like this that I feel entirely comfortable in.
Strangely this place feels oddly familiar, like I’ve been here before. I didnt feel the culture shock or a huge difference when I arrived in the city. I was kinda accustomed to their mannerisms and politeness and looking back at some photos I realised some places seemed familiar. Like the Toyohira river and this particular shot at the zoo, I remember quite vividly in one of my dreams. Amazing and insane is it! What if some time if my entire life I had lived here before?
The guesthouse/hostel was so lovely and is the best one that I’ve been too. Its so cosy, warm, clean and I love the beautiful wooden interiors. Did I mention how clean it is??? Like spick and span clean. No hair or dust on the ground or shelves, absolutely white-washed shower room and toilets that look newly renovated. Also, Shun and Ryohei have been such hospitable hosts! They are so nicceeee I dont know what other words I can use to describe the intensity of their niceness. I wish I had spent more time talking to them, discussing culture and travel. I think the next time when I come back here alone, I might!:)
Left the quiet sleeping hostel early this morning. Wrote a postcard for Ryohei & Shun. I hope they see it. I really adore Japanese culture and on my trip I constantly had the question “What does it feel like to be Japanese” in my head. I really do wonder and would like to know what being local is like. I really adore the sensitivity and consideration of the people. In all my days here I have never once got in the way or someone or have someone got in mine because everyone is alert when they are walking and knows exactly where they are heading. No one is using their phone while walking, literally no one. On trains its so quiet you gotta whisper. Everyone minds their own business and nobody stares at you but if you need help they will render it to you generously.
The city streets and navigation (streets are in grids, neatest planning I’ve ever seen) are designed in such a way that it leads you to where you wanna go easily and you seldom get lost in the grids because navigation is so easy. The entire city and its facilities are designed to help its people’s convenience and every design is thoughtfully crafted and executed. But strangely its extremely hard to find trash bins in public.
Sapporo is such a lovely city and I think the rest of Hokkaido & Japan which I have not seen, is gonna be more amazing. I hope my biking trip around Japan comes to pass soon one day!