kef Built in 1888, this building is known to Sapporo residents as “Red Bricks” or akarenga. It has an octagonal dome the architecture of which was borrowed from that of the Massachusetts State House in the USA. When completed, it was one of the largest and tallest buildings in Japan and symbolized the prestige and importance the Meiji Government placed on the development of Hokkaido. Unfortunately the building needed to be rebuilt in 1911 after a devastating fire, and it wasn’t until 1969 that its future was safeguarded by listing as an important cultural property. The second floor has a small museum which features archives and exhibits memorabilia from the early days in Sapporo and Hokkaido. Admission is free. (credit to Japan Guide) #redbrick #red #sapporo #hokkaido #brick #snow #stairs #museum #design #interior #igsg #vscocam #vscogood #vscogrid #vscodaily #vsco #canoneos #70d #canon70d #canon_official #canonwideangle #snow #thepeoplesdesigner #kef 16h

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kef While many of us are tugged into our warm blanket, these rickshaw champs are there ready to serve in the blazing cold weather before the sun even rises. Rickshaw pullers can tell you fascinating stories about the rich past of Otaru.
You can truly feel the history of the city if you are game for one. Otherwise a short jog alongside the canal would be good enough. #japanig #ski #rickshaw #otarucanal #otaru #otarulightpathfestival2016 #otarurickshaw #junction #vscogrid #vscocam #vscodaily #vscogood #instadaily #icesculptures #instanails #singapore #canon70d #canonwideangle #canon_official
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kef I truly admire these show stoppers that brace the cold & continue to perform without regrets. #skijumper #white #otarufestival2016 #JTB #ski #japanig #hkig #hongkongig #sgig #igsg #singapore #kef #show #vscocam #vscogood #vscogrid #vscodaily 2d

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kef The 2016 Snow Light Path Festival is currently being held from February 5 to 14, 2016.
The Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (小樽雪あかりの路, Otaru Yuki Akari no Michi) is a winter festival held every February in Otaru, during which the city becomes decorated in lights and small snow statues for ten days. The festival usually runs at the same time as the nearby Sapporo Snow Festival, making it possible for travelers in Hokkaido to visit both festivals on the same trip.

The combination of the snowy town and the glittering lanterns creates a very pleasant atmosphere. There are two main official festival areas which get lit up daily from 17:00 to 21:00: the Unga Kaijo area and the Temiyasen Kaijo area. In addition, many locals also put lantern displays in front of their shops and residences, which further adds to the festival spirit. The two main areas are both located within a fifteen minute walk of the train station, so travelers can easily enjoy the town's atmosphere on foot.

Illuminated snow sculptures in the canal area
The Unga Kaijo area is the more famous of the two areas, as it is located along 300 meters of the town's iconic Otaru Canal (Otaru Unga). The restored warehouses and gas lamps along the canal make for a romantic setting, and the canal itself is covered with small buoys that hold candles. Along the path beside the water there is a row of small snow statues that also hold candles. The canal is about a ten minute walk from Otaru Station along the main road leading from the station.

Between the canal and the train station is the Temiyasen Kaijo area, which stretches for about half a kilometer along the tracks of the abolished Temiyasen railway line. During the festival, the pleasant pathway gets lined by many lanterns and illuminated snow statues, as well as a few food stands. (Credit to Japan Guide) photo by #thepeoplesdesigner . #otarucanal #japanfestival2016 #小樽市 #新年快乐 #恭喜发财 #lightfestival #lightfestival2016 #otarulightfestival #otaru #japanig #igsg #singapore #river #frozen #white
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kef I chance upon a boy trying to catch a glimpse of a view at the tip of the wing. I wonder is there any chance upon of free trolley or some free stuffs ley #fliterstorm #unityid #kef #greatphotography #hanazono1516 #SIA #singaporeairlines 5d
  •   annakoh Special effects editing? 5d
  •   kef What special effect??? It's real @annakoh 5d
  •   annakoh How can it be real? You'll see this only in the movies. 5d
  •   lobster_marketplace Protect your photos by signing in at Lobster and hashtagging #ilobsterit. Others will pay $0.99+ to license your photos with your permission automatically. They'll get a license, you'll get peace of mind (and money). See ya. 2d

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kef I Guess in my lifetime this would be my closest Northern light patch I gets hahaha. I Guess I'm pretty insane to walk alone in this madness weather -6 ... I will try to capture more night shots before whatever lights end. #kef #northernlights #hirafu #hanazono1516 #hanazono #katcha #wideanglephotography #Nikon #70d 7d

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kef Building a snowman & building house is as tough. Pounding the snow as one require lot of patient & not mentioning baring the cold. But the results of these both is as pleased as one could gets. Welcome to my world. #jamlodge #hanazono #vscocam #white #sgig #snowman #kef #thepeoplesdesigner #thepeoplesstylist 7d

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kef @ning.thing steady bo... No magic Ang Bao for u but got magic ball... #magic #magicball #hanazono 1w

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kef The street food in Hirafu has definitely been a culinary highlight of every season. The different sized and coloured vans which dot the main thoroughfare to the slopes added to the festive air of the snow town with their shouts of ohayos, the coloured lights and the scent of hot and tasty food and the strong Flavours that secent the village.
After an exhausting day of shredding it up on the slopes, it’s hard to go past one of these vans without stopping for a feed & beer. Try getting a hot Mug of coco ... Woo lala, not sure is it because of the Cold or because of the melted chocolate.
If you’re still in town, you still can catch a few of the street food vendors who are still here. If it's not so much on our local NEA, these vans look good in N-park thou. #thepeoplesdesigner #nisekovillage #designeronholiday #japan #minivan #snow #igsg #sgig #vscocam #vs
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kef Waiting for my northern light too!!! Wait ... I'm not in Iceland zzz #niseko #nisekovillage #sgig #igsg #designeronholiday #japan 1w

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kef Get ready for my travelogue. I'm gonna flood everyone with my personal thoughts. This is my brand new year and brand new concept. I will update as much as I can. Only from my view, you will get my thoughts. Gonna spend my white new year in a special place. Till then ... #travelogue #SIA #lookbox #unityid #kef #travel #haneda #tokyo #followme 1w

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kef #lookboxconnect #LBC2016 #lookbox #lookboxliving #ExperienceKompacPlus #kompacplus #unityid #no1 #canonpowershot #canon #TeamCthub #TeamSingapore
The Number 1 Team, Team Unity ID. . . Despite the down pour, the event went on pretty well. Great effort from #TAK & #lookboxliving . That's what you get for being the No . 1 Team in Unity Group. Fun laughter food & joy!
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kef Was looking forward to the GLC but it's a no show there ... disappointed. But I must says Audi section is packed with people... btw ... the green horn for me? Beginning to love the greenery. #Quattro #audisingapore #carshows #suntec #mercedesbenz #mb #mercedes #singapore #sgig #igsg #hkig #japanig #photooftheday #picoftheday #green #hulk #wheels 4w

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