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Squid in Hakodate

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I saw plenty of squid in Hakodate: squid swimming in tanks outside of restaurants, squid on manhole covers, squid in the morning fish market. I probably won't get the chance to visit Hakodate again, so I'll have to miss out on their great squid yet: a $250,000 giant robotic squid.

Mankai

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Sakura

Sakura Sakura Sakura Goryukaku Park Sakura

The cherry blossoms in Hakodate are finally full bloom (mankai). I've uploaded this small selection of unprocessed photos to Flickr (top photo is actually from Matsumae).

In search of cherry blossoms

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I'll be doing conference stuff the next couple of days but we are going to make a quick trip out to Matsumae to see how the 10,000 sakura (cherry blossom trees) are doing there. The sakura where we are staying in Hakodate are mostly closed still, but the blossoms aren't really the point. hanami (flowering viewing) is like the first day of spring at MIT: it's a good excuse to go out to a park with your friends and party. Even though the sakura weren't in full bloom in Hakodate, there were still tons of people partying and the grills and kegs were out in full force. We got invited over by a group to enjoy some kimchi ramen, rice, and lots of beer. One of the guys called himself "Japanese HG" (wikipedia entry on HG, aka Hard Gay) and there was even an HG costume in a bag. We played a gambling game where you stab swords into a barrel until a little HG doll springs out, but, alas, the HG costume stayed in the bag.

We're hoping for more sakura fun in Matsumae. The tourist office puts it at 50% right now, but they have more varieties of sakura there with different blooming periods. There probably won't be as much partying on a weekday, but who knows? I tried to find some news articles to find out how the blossoms are doing there, but this babelfish-ed article was all I could come up with:

Oshima inside of pipe Matsumae Cho on the fourth, declared the bloom of the Soviet May reed no inside the Matsumae park. On the fourth than the common year, three days than last year it was late, but inside the road it became the quickest declaration.

As for Matsumae park place of interest of cherry tree of road inflected finger.

Off to Japan

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Stage 1: AAMAS Conference in Hakodate, Japan

Stage 2: Fun in Tokyo

Stage 3: ?

There probably won't be a stage 3 as I don't imagine I'll run out of things to do in Tokyo, though I do have a hankering to visit more of the Kansai region, seeing as I have spent most of my time in Japan either on Kyushu or Okinawa.

I have no plans to post from Japan, but I should hopefully get some photos of cherry blossoms from Hakodate. pqbon was generous enough to lend me a wide-angle lens, which will definitely help with some of the shots I'm planning on taking.

Final thought before leaving: I think I spent more time making sure my TiVo would be okay while I was gone than I did packing.