On our wanderings I came across four signs - omens or portents, I'm not sure which - that chilled my blood and filled me with dread and foreboding. Or dread foreboding, if you'll allow it. What can we read into these four visitations?
fig i : The skeleton of a duck at Hokkaido University Museum
fig. ii : The skull of a tapir at Hokkaido University Museum.
fig iii : Terebi-Tou San (the personified mascot version of Sapporo's TV Tower) and a Donkey-Creature outside Sapporo Station, dancing.
fig. iv : A monstrous Pikachu, worshipped by a line of small children who queued up to enter between its legs.