Hakodate is my birthplace. And I was brought up there 🙂
Hakodate is a city and port located in Oshima, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is the capital city of Oshima Subprefecture.As of March 2008, the city has an estimated population of 287,691. This ground was called “Usu Keshi” (Ainu) from ancient times. The meaning of a word,edge of the gulf (Usu), island that catches the seawater(Keshi).
In the 15th century,Plural small Clans lost to fight in Japanese soil, and ran away to Hokkaido. They built some fort at the outskirts coast of Usu Keshi and ruled over the land. Because this fort looked like a box distantly,then people called here “the fort of the box”. It is a name of current Hako(box)Date(fort).
The city is overlooked by Mount Hakodate, a lumpy, forested mountain whose summit can be reached by hiking trail, cable car, or car. The night view from the summit is renowned in Japan as one of the best in the country, and one of the top three in the world along with Hong Kong and Naples. An obscure local nickname of the bumpy mountain is Gagyūzan (Mount Cow’s Back), alluding to the way the mountain resembles a resting cow.
The former Goryōkaku fort is now used in as a public park and is popular in Hokkaidō for hanami (cherry blossom viewing). Since April 2006, the park has also featured the tall, white Goryōkaku Tower. Resembling an air traffic control tower, the structure offers a panoramic view of the park, including mainland Japan across the Tsugaru Strait on clear days.
Symbols of city
Tree: Japanese Yew
Bird: Varied Tit
In Hakodate, the food industry that utilized the marine resources which are rich in the sea near the shore is prosperous.
And “The town of the sushi” which represents Hokkaido. Because Hakodate took in Western culture early, It has many historic spots and noted places. The town which was blessed with splendid nature scenes is is a foothold of the sightseeing.
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