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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

City of Hakodate/Город Хакодатэ

Hakodate is the city located on the southern side of the northern-most prefecture of Japan (Hokkaido). It is famous because it was the first city in Japan to open its port to the foreign ships. The influence of foreign cultures is noticeable in this city, more so than in any other place in Japan that I have ever visited.

Хакодате это город, который находится в южной части самой северной префектуры Японии (Хоккайдо). Хакодатэ знаменит тем, что первым разрешил заход в порт иностранным кораблям. Влияние неяпонских культур в этом городе заметнее, чем где-либо еще в Японии.

Once off the train, visitors are greeted with such a reminder of where they came to.

На перроне можно увидеть вот такое напоминание о месте прибытия (или убытия).

Inside the train station itself, there is a huge stone mosaic that displays the history of Hakodate.

Внутри вокзала находится большая мозаика из камней, которая рассказывает об истории города.

This plaque shows  the small version of the mosaic.

Вот эта мемориальная доска схематично показывает мозаику, приводя внизу следующее высказывание: "Другом может оказаться тот, кто раньше был врагом".


Some street map signs are in multiple languages. This one, in particular, is in Japanese, English, Russian, and Chinese.

Некоторые карты на улицах переведены на несколько языков. Этот знак, например, информирует на японском, английском, русском, и китайском языке.

Part of the city is located on the hill. The streets that lead up the hill have simple names: first slope, second slope, and so on.

Часть города находится на холме. Улицы, которые ведут к вершине холма, названы незамысловато: первый спуск, второй спуск и т.д.

The street sign shows what slope number this street is, and also tells a little bit about what the street leads up to.

Уличный указатель показывает номер спуска, а также рассказывает о том, что интересного находится на вершине холма.


A walk up the hill reveals a gorgeous view of the port.

С холма открывается вид на порт.


There are other streets, like in any Japanese town, without slopes or pretty views.

Есть, конечно, и простые улицы, без склонов и живописных видов, как в любом другом японском городе.
But the fall here is very charming.

Но осень здесь красивая.

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