looking back at asahikawa

when did we visit and for how long? late february for 10 days what kind of accommodations? two hotels.  we barely stayed in the first one for 30 minutes because it was so disgusting.  smoke was seeping out of everything, even the toilet paper.  we moved down the street to the washington hotel and it […]

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looking back at sapporo

i’m trying my hand at maybe my last ‘regular’ series of posts… to look back upon the cities that we’ve stayed in this trip and to compare that to our first day to see how our opinions of the city had changed.  aside from the ski resorts, sapporo was my first city… when did we […]

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the many walking styles of asia

location: niseko terrain: resort town with fresh snow and high winds style: slowly, usually with our heels slipping out from under us resembles: location: rusutsu terrain: hotel lobbies and designated trails to the uploading lift style: upright resembles: location: otaru and sapporo terrain: flat & urban, fresh/packed snow, sub zero temperatures style: mostly small steps […]

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In Search of Pho

Didn’t realize how much pho I have until I was missing it badly after two weeks on the road. I guess I almost have it every week and it’s one of my go to cold rainy soup. I didn’t find any decent ones in China or Sapporo and had to wait until Tokyo to get […]

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Kamakura by the Sea

We made a day trip out to Kamakura on the Monday predicted to be sunny. What we didn’t know was that there was a national holiday of some sort and it’s a long weekend. So we crowded onto a packed train towards our destination du jour. Lots of foreigners on the train and the ride […]

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life in japan as a gaijin

two months in japan have flown right by and i’m ashamed to say that i’ve picked up very little in the way of communicating in the native tongue.  there’s a plethora of gaijin (foreigners) in tokyo and haha and myself are added to the list of them that stand out like a sore thumb.  the […]

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weekly update #6 – tokyo

q. current home/addy where i stayed (neighbourhood) and how long a. tokyo (air bnb in shibuya) for the last week q. favourite meal a. oh man… toss up.  it’s either gyokotsu matador’s shoyu beef ramen or afuri’s yuzu tsukemen.  i ate them both in that order and from the first bite, i felt like the […]

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Fire Walking Festival at Mt. Takao

Last Sunday, we headed out to Mount Takao to check out the fire walking festival (Hiwatari-sai). We got there just in time to catch the procession of yamabushi monks walking towards the festival grounds. We quickly follow the procession, making sure to follow the locals who seem to know where they are going. We arrive […]

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Mapo Tofu Times Two

Woke up this morning to a cold and rainy day, so we decided to stay in and get caught up with blog posts. Well, Jojo did all the posts while I caught up on Answer Me 1988 episodes. 😛 Hunger eventually forced us to look into dinner options. We found a Chinese restaurant close by […]

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