It has been many years since I left Ottawa, Ontario,Canada after taking care of thgistic arrangement for the Japanese delegation when the G8 Summit was arranged in Kananaskis, Alberta that had
established a sister-state relationship with Hokkaido in 1980.
Canada Day Party was thrown in Sapporo View Hotel on July 20(Sat.). The Chair of Hokkaido Canada Association Mr. Yoshihiro Sekihachi could not attend the party, so Vice Chair Mr. Takeyama delivered the opening speech to appreciate the participation of the members of the association and the guests.
It's a pity that our friend Ms. Rachel Brunette=Chen, the Principal Consul in the Consulate General of the United States of America, left Sapporo for Washington. D.C..
After savoring enough the buckwheat noodle soup, we dropped by the former railway station named "Aikoku" which means "the country of love" in Japanese.
It is a pity that the master of our favorite buckwheat noodle soup restaurant "Mebunryo" in Shimizu Town is not so good physical condition recently and it may be tough for him to provide
The advertisement poster for the movie film "Poppo-ya" was put on the wall of the railway station. The actor Mr. Ken Takakura played as a railway station master in the story.
Have you ever heard about the movie film "Poppo-ya"
which means "Railway Station "Master" in Japanese slung. Filming was conducted in Ikutora Area of Minami Furano Town.
Next virtual winter sport game was ice hokey. The participants should play the role as the goalie of the team. The black sensor on their backside recognize if the player block the pack in the right direction or not.
Next game was speed skating. After putting on the slippery shoes, the leader of the delegation slide from right to left and return.