Hokkaido is a heaven for ski enthusiasts.People come from all over the world to enjoy the powdery soft snow of Hokkaido. Of course I am not one of those people, I am a sand bender. Snow is to me what sand is to a Polar Bear. But, I am not a Polar Bear and I was set on trying skiing even though I was still learning to walk on icy roads. Out of my ambition sprouted an impromptu plan to go ski training with my friends. Read along if you plan to ski in Hokkaido this winter. (more…)
Going to movie theaters in Japan is one thing that is not so different from the western world. Except when you sit in the middle seats. It’s a trap, which I fell into. Read along to find out why you should never sit in the middle seats in a Japanese cinema hall. (more…)
In the month of November when the super short summer in Sapporo is gone and the bone chilling winter has not started yet, came a birthday along with a long weekend. I was dying to get away from my squirrel cage. I did a quick research and found a small town in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park region Lake Toya Onsen. It is a romantic place with good choice of accommodations and also easily accessible by public transport.
Fishing was always on my wish list during my stay in Australia. Finally, it came true in Hokkaido. While planning for the trip, I thought what could be better than having a giant salmon as your first catch. (more…)
I was invited to watch a Noh play by one of my Japanese friends. At first, I thought she is talking about the “Noah” but Wikipedia quickly told me how wrong I was. Noh is a form of classical Japanese Opera that is being performed since the 14th century. My friend told me that the Samurai warriors had to undergo Noh training to please their Shoguns. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to go without knowing what to expect. (more…)