Culture

Happy Easter?

A few people have asked how Easter is celebrated in Japan. Short answer: It isn’t. At least not by the general public. While some western holidays like Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Halloween have been commercialized and are more or less omnipresent around their time of the year, I haven’t come across a single thing indicating Easter.

The aisles in the shops reserved for seasonal holidays and events are now filled with beer and barbecue accessory for the cherry blossom season which probably starts around early mid May here in Sapporo.

So why isn’t Easter celebrated as well? Who knows for sure, but there are some reasonable theories in this interesting article. So go read it.

(There isn’t even a Tofugu article on Easter in Japan. Remember the five I linked at Christmas?!)

Of course, the less than 1% Christian population surely does celebrate Easter, also similarly to western traditions. Children enjoy egg-hunting or shaping traditional Japanese sweets into bunnies. (Here are some recipes: 1, 2, 3) Because it falls together with the cherry blossom season or spring time in general (at least in most parts of Japan) it also seems to be common for families to go on a picnic. (Which is how the cherry blossom season is celebrated. Kinda. I’ll probably write about that when.)

Needless to say that it’s not a national holiday (just like all the other western ones by the way).

Happy Easter to anyone celebrating and hopefully a good few days off to anyone who gets some!

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Walking Sapporo

Walking Sapporo: Tōhō Line

After the Nanboku line I decided to walk the Tōhō line. It is the shortest line and runs from Sakaemachi in the north to Fukuzumi down south. If you would like to follow on the map, search for ‘Sakaemachi stashion Sapporo’ and then just follow the subway line down. If you’re using the newest version of a certain online cartography service, it’s blue.

sweet.

Probably the nicest subway station entrance in all of Sapporo. For Sapporo Station.

In many places it’s parallel to the Nanboku line so you might recognize some things.

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Raven in a tree.

It has been sunny and quite warm for a while now (‘warm’ being anything above freezing temperature) so the snow has been melting and by the time I write this most pavements are completely clear. Yay for walking without slipping.

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Mushy slushy puddle pavement

There’s not much to say and most of you have asked for more pictures so I’ll stop talking now. (Many thanks by the way to anyone who gave feedback!) But if you want to read more there’s a Wikipedia article. If you’d rather watch a video, scroll right down.

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A highway

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Rarely ever been so excited to see gras

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Manhole cover

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Guessing during winter this one holds packages of crushed rock to make pavements less slippery

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Don’t ask me what this is supposed to be…

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Creek no. 1

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The cutest entrace

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Looks cool but not sure if I’d want to live with those windows

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Creek no. 2

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A hotel that looks like it escaped Disney Land

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Creek no. 3

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Fancy picture of the Sapporo Clock Tower

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Not a creek but Toyohira River

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Those were on every lamp post along the whole road

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Display window

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Creek no. 4 right next to Fukuzumi Station

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