On the west of Sapporo lies the Ishikari bay, which supplies a wealth of quality seafood to the legendary old town of Otaru. Further west from Otaru is the district of Shakotan, a mountainous landscape surrounded by sea on all three sides. These two destination can be easily combined for a day trip from Sapporo. On this trip you can enjoy Uni in Shakotan, Sushi in Otaru, and the beautiful scenery of south western Hokkaido. Its like icing two cakes with one spoon. However, you will probably not have enough space for a cake after a day of indulging on Sushi and Unidon.
Apartment renting in Japan is perhaps a must for all expats. Unfortunately, it is not a cake walk even if you understand a bit of Japanese. It certainly helps if a Japanese friend is with you all the time during the process but, I believe to ask the right questions you should be equipped with all the information. This post serves as an all inclusive guide for renting an apartment in Japan. The article also contains specific points to remember when renting in Hokkaido. The time required for the whole renting process can range anywhere from 4 days to 2 months depending on how soon you choose an apartment. The process contains four steps. (more…)
The blooming of Cherry blossoms (Sakura) in Japan, marks the beginning of a new cycle of four seasons. Happy emotions stirs up in my heart, when I look at the blooming pink and white cherry blossoms under the sunny and blue spring sky. Sakura also symbolizes an old Japanese philosophy of mono no aware meaning nothing lasts forever; our life is precious and fascinating but also transitory. Read along to know more about Sakura and where you can view them at their full bloom.
Soup curry is one of my favorite Japanese cuisines and Sapporo is the birthplace of this phenomenal invention. To know more about Soup Curry itself and its history click here. I am always on a hunt to find the best soup curry among the 200 odd Soup Curry shops in Sapporo. Below are the reviews of few of the Soup Curry restaurants in Sapporo, some of which are popular, while others are unknown gems.
6. Asian Bar Ramai (Update)
7. Rojiura Soup Curry Samurai (Update)
The medical technology in Japan is certainly one of the best in world and the social health insurance system of Japan makes it a lot more affordable. The Japanese medical system can be a little intricate at first for any foreigner. But, if you are a victim of your anarchistic body, you will soon get the hang of it. This is my tale of an eight-month long adventure with the Japanese medical system, which includes a Laparoscopic surgery, and five days of hospitalization. Read along if you would like to know what awaits you in a Japanese Hospital. (more…)