CBC Video: “”Do our cities still work?”

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Here’s the National’s story: “Do our cities still work?”  . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQfC6mKTErg&feature=youtu.be . Interviews with Brent Toderian and Charles Montgomery, among others, with a lot of location shooting in Vancouver.  Makes one appreciate the contribution of this city and its urbanists. Continue reading CBC Video: “”Do our cities still work?”

Eating my way around Hokkaido – 5

Eating my way around Hokkaido continues with another round of meals. It’s a review of things eaten within my fourth and last week in Sapporo.

Genghis Khan BBQ (Jingisukan)

After our onsen day trip up at Jozankei, we had returned to Sapporo and hopped off the bus in Susukino in search of dinner. We had wandered for quite a bit looking for food when we stumbled upon a place serving Genghis Khan BBQ, or jingisukan, as it is known in Japanese. It’s basically mutton grilled on a large convex dome grill along with other veggies and meat. Mutton, though, is the primary ingredient in the set up.

jingisukan time

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Compass U-Pass

Compass Card Reader (flickr/Steve Chou)

Something happened this past Friday for transit in Vancouver. The first of the U-Pass BC Compass Cards rolled out. I’m surprised that TransLink is not tooting their horn more in this case. This is a big step in the implementation of the smart card system. Perhaps all the technical glitches that have delayed the full Compass Card release are making TransLink hedge their bets and not make a big splashy announcement.

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Rainy Otaru

Rainy Otaru – maybe rainy is an understatement for what I experienced on my last Saturday in Hokkaido. It was a downpour. We had always planned to visit Otaru because of the Ushio Festival that happens every summer. The festival is one of the events we had planned on visiting even before coming to Japan. However, we did not anticipate the heavy summer rains that would last almost all day in Otaru.

yukata, umbrellas, and rain

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Last Day at JaLS and Summer Fireworks

Friday is grad day at JaLS

We couldn’t have picked a better day to end our 4 weeks of classes at Hokkaido Japanese Language School. It was our last day and we would be going to see fireworks in the evening. However, along with fireworks, comes yukataYukata are traditional Japanese clothing similar to kimono, but they are much lighter and less complex to put on. However, to us, the uninitiated, we needed help to put on these wonderful traditional pieces of clothing.

backside of a woman’s yukata

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