One of the many beautiful spots I visited on my
most recent trip to the wonderful land that is Japan
Among the highlights of visiting the Land of
the Rising Sun are encounters with its people and
coming across a fun festive occasion (or more) :)
Puppet Ponyo posing with plastic versions of
some of the delicious food I ate on this trip :b
For those of you who wondered what was behind the recent blog hiatus: I was away on the longest vacation -- just six days! -- I've been on since my visit to Japan last August. This time around, I headed over to the Land of the Rising Sun once more -- but to the northern island of Hokkaido rather than the Kanto area or Okinawa like on my three most recent visits to the country that I've grown to love visiting before it.
This was not my first visit to Hokkaido -- or its largest city, Sapporo. But this was the first time I went beyond Hokkaido's capital city and its airport at New Chitose -- with my being based in Sapporo but taking day trips out to the nearby port city of Otaru, and further afield to the flower fields of Furano as well as further exploring Sapporo.
In addition, as those of you who know my love of Japanese food can guess, I ate a lot of fantastic food on this recent vacation. All this I plan to chronicle in upcoming blog entries -- along with my attending a number of festivals, a couple of which I hadn't known about prior to the Hokkaido trip but one of which (the Sapporo Summer Festival, AKA the Sapporo beer festival!) I was pretty happy indeed to learn beforehand would be taking place during my visit there! ;b