…well not me but mom had a great time there! Just a little post about my mom's recent trip to Hokkaido and as I haven't got all of the details just yet, here are just a few photos and thoughts. Her visit was with a 10 day tour group and she said that everyone was really friendly and kind. 🙂 Temperatures were in the 80's for the most part and the rain stayed away for most of her tour with only light sprinkles here and there but one thing that really surprised me initially is that most of the hotels outside of the cities keep their thermostats to pretty warm temperatures even this time of year. Some of the rooms she said were actually quite warm! :O But I guess it does make sense as much of Hokkaido is of a colder climate for much of the year and they probably relish the warmer temperatures that summertime brings…thus no cool air in hotels. Sapporo was much different with of course much larger crowds and actual air conditioning in their hotels which I imagine was much appreciated for the tour group!
My brother lent mom his Sony cybershot camera which is a lot better than the one I have and while she did take quite a lot of pictures a lot of them include shots with others in her tour group so I'm really hesitant to upload those here…so I've only included the scenic photos instead.
I thought this was cute…she took a photo of one of Hokkaido's furrier inhabitants, or was he/she just sitting upon a bench which she thought was of interest. 😛
The architecture here is so interesting and it really has that distinct small town aura about it…the building on the left makes me thing of those little clock house carvings while I'm not quite sure what to make out of those tall poll carvings on the right hand side. I wonder what's inside that little little wooden cabin…??
My ramblings here are just that, as I actually haven't had the chance to go through these photos with mom so that I could properly ask what is being depicted in each shot….sorry about my randomness. 😛
Hokkaido I found out is really known for their lavender!…and the shops in many areas feature everything from lavender soap to lavender scented wine!…and after all this was the "Lavender Tour" they were on. ^-^
The high price of fruits in Japan has always amazed and shocked me!! :O One melon for how much?!!! Now the square watermelon…that's pure genius, saves space and will amaze your friends at the same time! She didn't see any of those on the trip though…but I can only imagine how expensive they would be!
I think these are called "hairy" crabs?? I'm not sure where the hair is though…maybe underneath, but in Hokkaido this type of crab is extremely popular and a boasted cuisine of theirs. And then of course there was shopping!!!
It seems that mom's mission was to bring back lots and lots of food from Hokkaido although this first photo has a case of lavender soap, lavender oil, and lavender wine….oh and quite a few of those cute little bags with the designs sewn onto the outside…sort of like having a bag with a little plushy attached to the outside. 🙂
Sapporo whiskey…I personally think that whiskey is yuck!…but I'm sure it will make a nice omiyage for a friend. 🙂
Their "finest quality" dried salmon!!!..now that I did ask to keep! ^-^ Much of the items she brought home are wrapped like gifts and I think most of it will be given away to friends of hers at work and elsewhere.
The "Furano wine" in the center here has me quite curious as it promises a lavender scent…I think the dried scallops were one of the more expensive items here.
So much food items………
…and I didn't even photograph everything in these photos as there's just so much!!! Okay I just had one of these…yum!……dried plum (ume)!" I think we only get to keep one bag of these though.
Ah cute little magnets!…and mom brought these soba noodles back for me too….so interesting with the rope attached and…
…well I just had to hang it up somewhere! 😛 Mom was born in the year of the rooster which explains all of the roosters in our home……..there are lots of them!! The soba seems almost decorative…kind of a shame to eat them I think. 🙂
And besides all the food shopping mom did get to check out a few of Hokkaido's music/video shops although she did miss a large one in Sapporo and just didn't have the time to back track. I was really surprised when she brought Tackey & Tsubasa's latest single release back for me! Ah but we're almost done watching "Taiyou no kisetsu" so I'm sure that Tackey is quite firmly stuck in her mind by now. 🙂 The store clerk even gave her a T&T poster too although it was early in the trip and it didn't make it back quite in good shape. It was so thoughtful of her to get me this CD but she was a little disappointed as I already have this release (above) along with the other 2 versions. So I was thinking that I could give this LE copy away of "Koi uta"…it's the type A version with a bonus DVD containing a special 21 minute clip! I'll have giveaway information posted here soon! ^-^ I hope someone out there loves Tackey & Tsubasa too!
Mom also brought these magazines back for me too…funny the one on the right is a t.v. watching guide but Arashi on the cover of Duet, a magazine that I've never heard of before looks awesome! Thinking about scanning some of it… ^-^