There is a saying about traveling, “If your legs tremble, go to the hospital. If your hearts tremble, take a trip.” This is one of my favorite sayings. Recently, I took a trip to Sapporo in Hokkaido, Japan for five days. It was the third time that I have visited Japan, a calm country at any time. Japan is a quiet country where there is no sound of clashes, except for tourist attractions that are crowded with tourists. I love the quietness of Japan.
If you walk the quiet streets, you can forget your busy and hard life in Korea, and you feel like you are out of the real world. As quiet as it is, people are quiet and kind. Once I had lost my way and asked for directions from a person who was passing by. He kindly let me know and he showed me how to find the station which I was looking for.
Japanese are very conscious about being polite and courteous. For example, they ride on the left-hand side of the escalator. I thought this was something valuable that I should learn from them. I went to Sapporo University and saw the statue of Dr. William Clark. His saying, "Boys, be ambitious!" is a famous saying. Sapporo students seemed to be full of enthusiasm to learn.
One of the biggest reasons that I like Japan is its cleanliness. The beautification on the street makes the viewer admire the surroundings.. The question of how to maintain a neat environment is answered when you see how people walk on the street. They do not allow their city to become dirty.
On the first day I went to the Otaru Canal. Otaru Canal is a place from the movie Love Letter. Although there was no snow at the sight, it was very meaningful for me to come to the sight which was a scene in a movie. It is famous for its various glass artifacts. If you look at the glass artifacts, it feels like Japan's unique delicacies are embedded in it.
There were also spas to relieve fatigue of weary bodies. The outdoor spa allows people to enjoy the outside air and helps eliminate tiredness of the day. Meditating on life in the water calms the mind.
The next day I saw Japanese traditional arts masquerade. I felt that they loved the culture and tried to preserve it so I viewed it with respect. I promise that I will be a person who can appreciate cultural value in the future.
One scary thing about my recent trip to Japan was that there was a 5.5 strong earthquake. I was surprised and hid under the desk to protect my head. The vibration lasted 10 to 20 seconds and as soon as the vibration stopped we came out of the house. Although I could not sleep because I was scared that night, it is a memory that I will never forget.
I want to come to Sapporo again! If you want to get away from your busy life for a while, I recommend visiting the quiet and beautiful city of Sapporo.
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