2018年01月03日

Otaru City in Hokkaido enjoyed prosperity as a provincial financial center exceeding Sapporo City early in the 20th century.

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Otaru City used to be the most important economic base city in Hokkaido before the Second World War. Because it was a shipping port of coals and agricultural products, a base of herring fishing, and a trade port with South Sakhalin and Korea, both of which were Japan's territory in those years. However, under the influence of the shift in energy from coals to oil, the independence of Korea, and the decrease of the herring catch, this city has long been in its twilight since the end of the War. As a satellite city of Sapporo as well as a tourist city with almost half of the golden age population, this city barely conveys the traces of the former prosperity. The first picture shows 'Otaru Unga' canal lined with old warehouses, which are used now as restaurants and souvenir shops. The townscape in the second picture is past downtown of the city. Most buildings are financial offices and they are converted into museums attracting sightseers from home and abroad.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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