Darkness & Light

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Boat ride on Otaru Canal which was an important part of the city’s port during the first half of the 20th century

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Otaru is a port city in Hokkaido & it is about half an hour’s drive away from Sapporo. The city is by the Ishikari Bay & is a popular tourist destination

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Otaru Canal was built in 1923 & was formerly useful in the transhipment of cargo from the larger vessels to the godowns for storage

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Central Otaru faces Ishikari Bay on one side & is surrounded by mountains on the others. As the skies began darkening, a fog hovered near the foot of the mountains

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Thanks to a citizens’ movement the canal was preserved & not land filled in 1986, so that even the seagulls can get to enjoy the canal

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The canal is 1140m long & 40m wide with a pedestrian walkway running alongside

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It took about 9 years to complete the construction of Otaru Canal, which was crowded in the 1920’s with barges ferrying coal & marine products

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Captured a little of the passing mist as it swept through Otaru city at around 10.30pm

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The temperature lowered as the night deepened

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The canal became obsolete when modern docking facilities made loading & unloading large vessels a breeze

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Reflections of the godowns of yester years, which are now converted to a slew of watering holes, restaurants & cafes

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After dark… when the romantic Victorian lamps are lit & couples enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Otaru canal

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Otaru Canal

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View of Otaru Canal & Ishikari Bay from Sonia Hotel at 3.45am

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Beautiful Sunrise Over The Land of the Rising Sun

 

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