QuestionHi there! I'm a first-year JET and just got word literally a few days ago that I'm going to be in Ishikari - I found your blog while looking up information on the city. Mostly I'm excited to have found this blog (hope you don't mind if I creep a bit), but I was wondering if you have any tips specific to what it's like living and working in Ishikari. :) Answer

Ishikarishi is a great town and I’m sure you’ll get to know it no problem! You’ll have I explore it a bunch, get a second hand bike at the hard off (hard off is a second hand store near hanakawa Minami elementary) and just really check it out! Unfortunately I don’t remember a lot of the locations and names of stuff- but I know the other jet who was there for a few years before me had a useful email for the jets who replaced us! I could put you in touch with her if you’d like? Definitely take up snowboarding or skiing if you haven’t already also!

Yosakoi Matsuri 2012
Odori Park, Sapporo

Ikebana #10
Spring has sprung! All of these flowers came from my ikebana sensei’s garden.

Kiki at the 白い恋人 chocolate factory!
Dreams do come true.

Took a train to Otaru!

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More footage on the train from Otaru to Teine in Hokkaido, Japan. Ferris Weel!

Footage on the train from Otaru to Teine in Hokkaido, Japan.

Ikebana #9 For Kiki’s arrival

I again did this all on my own, bought the flowers, trimmed ‘em and designed it all alone! I also added a cherry blossom branch because all the cherry trees are just starting to bloom in Hokkaido.

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My parent’s first Onsen!

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Ikebana #8

I bought these flowers and did this all by myself!! No help at all from my teacher! Gasp! 

It is to welcome my parents who are arriving today! 

  1. Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/30th
  4. Focal Length: 28mm