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Hello everyone! This is Shaurya. I hope you are all doing well. Right now, I’m in Hokkaido prefecture in Japan. Hokkaido is Japan’s north-most region. In fact, it is very close to Russia. We are in Hokkaido now.

It is very cold in here as it is the northernmost of Japan. Temperature is at least a 10 degree lower when compared with Tokyo. The climate is amazing.

This is Day 1 of Hokkaido and it is morning now. I have with me Sayan and Prateek. We three are on this trip. It is a four-day trip and it's the first time for me.

Flights to Hokkaido are available from Tokyo. We reached here yesterday evening and stayed at a hotel for the night. We freshened and started the trip this morning. We are gonna get a railway pass as travelling is on the costlier side in Japan. Japanese government issues these the railway passes to the foreigners.

On payment of a particular amount for the railway pass, one can travel without any limits for 4 days. We are getting a railway pass. I’ll unveil the plan as the day goes by.

This is the Sapporo Station. It is 10 am in the morning. There are huge buildings everywhere and that is the entrance to the station. We got down here. It is not a busy place, only 2-3 people have got down. This station is called Shinrin-Koen Station.

This is the train. This is a small station with only 2 tracks. We are the only people on the platform.

Those buildings and the climate is just like it is in the anime. We got down on that side, but the Historical Village we're going to is on this side. We crossed the track and waiting for the bus at this bus stop. Look at this amazing weather. There are no people here.

Other than those two kids, we're the only people in this vicinity. The bus is going to be here and everybody has queued up for it, even the seniors. We joined the queue too at this bus stop.

There are only a few people and yet they have queued for the bus. The bus to Historical Village is scheduled for 11:09 and it is right on time. Everybody is boarding the bus in a queue. This was our bus to Historical Village. The entrance to Historical Village is over there. That was the bus stop.

This parking is all part of the Historical Village. This is the entrance. Let's go in and check out the Historical Village. 800 yen per Individual.

This is the entry ticket to the Historical Village. So... this is the ticket and Historical Village starts from here. We are in the Village already.

There’s a guide here. Historical Village Information Map There are 52 different buildings on the map. Let’s try to explore the maximum number of buildings.

The building where we got the ticket is building no 1. This is the Sapporo Railway Station theme building. Sapporo Railway Station used to look like this 150 years ago. This is building no 1.

We can go inside too. This is building no 2 which looks like the office of the Hokkaido Development Commission 150 years ago. The flag on the top with a red star used to be their flag. This is building no 2.

The village has different buildings in this manner. We can go into some of the buildings. You can notice a track here which is for horse carts. We can use horse carts in case you don’t want to walk.

There is a horse cart coming at us. We can explore the village riding in this horse cart. A horse is called Uma in Japanese, by the way, it’s huge. The ride goes like this. Honjo Blacksmith, a blacksmith used this building as his workshop in 1897.

Oh wow! You can see how realistic the models are. Bending Wood. In 1910, carpentry was practiced here. So... this is the building of carpenters. It used to be this way 100 years ago equipped with the equipment used in their work.

This is another building. This is Fujiwara Cart and Sleigh Factory. The process of making the horse carts that were used back then is displayed here. Wood in different shapes is hung on the wall, wood in all sizes available here. This was how the chariot was built. That is much like their uniform.

Over here is the replica of the process. This is the grocery store back then. Everything that is sold is displayed here and it is a general store of old times. All porcelain items and wood items are displayed. Baskets and hats are hung here.

Toys for kids are also available here and also books. This is a grocery store. It’s written Standard Oil Company of New York, Contracted Dealer here.

There is a storehouse on the first floor. This is the store and above is the storehouse. This is the saloon shop 100 years ago. It says Yamamoto’s Barber Shop. This Barber Shop was built in 1920.

Let’s take a look at this old Barber Shop. This is the saloon building. Let’s go in and take a look. This is the saloon shop here. These models are very realistic.

Sound effects are also played in the background and... take a look. [Japanese voices] The recorded audio says ‘Welcome!’. This is the Barber Shop here. Shimauta Post Office.

Shimauta Post Office. This is the Post Office back then. Let’s see the post bin and its delivery. This small room must be the place to write letters and fix the stamps. So this is the post office. “In the end of 1910…” “In the end of 1910…” This post office was built in 1910.

This is the replica of the rural post office. This is the desk for the workers and the posts are received over the counter. This is a small post office. What else do we have? We are not allowed upstairs but, this room is dedicated to eating and resting for the staff. That’s all of this small post office and we can’t go upstairs.

Look at this small building. Take a wild guess what must it be. This building is nothing but a Police Station. It was built in 1911.

Look at the Police Station back then. Here you can see the uniform of the police officer with a white hat and Japan’s flag on the back and this is a Police Box. This was the police station. Dr. Kondo’s Clinic It is a clinic built in 1919. This is a small clinic.

Let’s go in and see who the doctor here is and the equipment used. Medicines are shelved and this is the table. You can see the traditional grinder for grinding herbs.

This was the operation theatre 100 years ago in Japan. Here are the instruments required and also a sink. It looks like a dental clinic. He is the doctor back then. These are the photos from the past.

All these medical books in Japanese script are kept behind the clinic. The Electron Theory I can see a few headings in English too. This is the Electron theory and this is… some... this is not in English.

It is translated copy from some language. And these are all university books. That’s all about the ancient clinic. This is where Japanese alcohol is made. Let’s see what the alcohol processing factory looks like.

Sake is a famous alcohol here in Japan. This is the factory where alcohol is brewed. You can see the drums used for storing alcohol.

You can see the drums used for storing alcohol. This is a big brewery. This is a big brewery.

Alcohol is poured into this container here and these are all storage items. The alcohol is to be stored for years, hence, the bigger storage containers, big godown and overall a big brewery. This is how they used to brew and store Japanese Sake.

We have covered about 70% of the village. This is the view here. Only a few houses are left to be explored. The next building is the replica of Hokkaido Junior High School in Hokkaido prefecture.. Let’s check out what high schools were like 150 years ago.

This is one big area. Everybody is roaming with maps in their hands and exploring the buildings that are interesting to them. Let’s go into the school. This is the school.

Photos of Junior High School are displayed here. This is during the construction and other old photos. These are the students of this school 150 years ago.

These pictures are before the world w@r. This was the school uniform. Medals and coin lockets of the school and sports are displayed here.

They played Ice Hockey back then. They also skied back in those times. What do we have here? Ohh! These replica models look very natural. It feels like they’re moving.

It is scary to imagine these models moving like in horror movies. This is about school. And... more details about the school.

And over here is... the water bottle they used and a big rifle are displayed. A big abacus device is displayed here.

Hat and shorts and the geometry tools are displayed here. This was the school back then. This was the school back then. This is the Principal’s office.

They are all administrative staff. And… these are the classrooms back then. These are the classrooms back then. Every student has a bench all to himself. Bench, a desk, and a big board. So this is the old Japanese classroom.

Those are the houses of the fisherman. Since Japan is an island, fishing is one of the primary occupations. Sushi, a Japanese dish, is a world famous dish.

There are a lot of fishermen in Japan. These are their houses, fisheries, and godowns about 150 years ago. Let’s have a look at what it used to be.

So this is the entrance. Okay. These are the nets. These are all the equipment they used to use in the fisheries factory.

This is a small godown and... there are huge fishing nets and also balls. What could they be for? Okay, these are glass balls.

These are equipment used for fishing. This is all a fishery village. Stone Storehouse We can’t go inside but this is a storehouse. There are chairs, glasses, baskets and everything else. They used to store in this manner.

Storage drawers were provided under the stairs and that’s all about the storehouse. This appears to be a main entrance. This is the main house.

Hello! Yes, fishing house. Yeah. Oh, fisherman used to sit here. Okay. Okay, is this the master’s house? Okay, okay. Oh okay.

Yeah. Sleep here? Okay. Oh, this is the sleeping place. For one fisherman, okay.

Oh, 66 fisherman! Oh whole, okay. And this is fish. Okay. Okay. Ah okay.

Okay. Fire is used for warmth. Okay. First master? Ohh! Okay. He is the first fisherman. Oh, three masters.

100 years ago fisherman, oh okay! Bear? Bear, bear. Bear skin. Okay, okay. Bear skin. Ooh! Okay. Oh okay.

Bear skin. Thank you very much. The guide in the fisherman’s house explained everything in detail to us. He toured us into every room and explained about the history, and the photos in detail. I liked it very much. I realized how rich the fishermen of those times were.

Those big houses... and hall is big enough to accommodate 66 fishermen, who eat and sleep there. It is much like a hotel to them. It was good and there’s more to cover. I’m getting to know Japan’s history, how people used to live, their houses, clothing, and food habits.

My friends gave up in the middle and are taking a rest somewhere here. But I went ahead and recorded every house I can. They are sitting under the tree. We are now going to the farm village.

Farm village has houses of farmers. Farmer’s houses theme begins from here. Let's explore their houses too.

This is the house of a farmer. Look at the model here. She is cutting vegetables.

100% Silk. - Ohh! - Ohh! Okay, silkworm. Silkworm eggs. Okay okay, the white ones are the eggs.

- Are those earthworms? - That’s silkworm breeding. The silk breeding process and the instruments used in the breeding process are displayed here. There are also graphs here. This is Takikawa Sheepwalk. This shed was built in 1921.

Okay. This is where sheep shearing is done. These are the machinery here. There are also tractors.

Oh! That’s from Ford. These were the tractors back then. Fordson, Massey-Harris… these companies are not familiar these days. Tractors in those days used to look like this. Ploughing equipment.

These are the equipment used by farmers to plough the land. So... these are the various types of machinery used by farmers back in those days. This is Urakawa Church. It was established in Kobe in 1880.

So… the replica of this building is here. Let’s explore Urakawa Church. This is the replica of a church building back then.

This was the church in Japan in 1880 which is almost 140 years in the past. The construction is neat and peaceful here. We can also go upstairs. I'm on the first floor right now. This is the view from the first floor.

I, now, have a complete idea of what houses, factories, godowns of various professions were back then. Also, the books used, doctors, saloons, restaurants, police station, schools in those days and I hope you have a glimpse of Japan’s history and culture. This was the Historical Village tour. I hope you liked this video. We’ll meet again in the next video!

2023-05-18 14:29

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