Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012
I am home from a grand adventure to Japan. My husband, Raoul, and I spent two weeks visiting family near Tokyo, and up north in Sapporo. We played on the sunny beaches of Yokosuka with our granddaughter and daughter-in-law, rode a bullet train to Nagano to cheer on our oldest son for his fastest marathon yet, spent an action-packed time in Tokyo, and flew up to snowy Sapporo to see the sights with my brother and sister in-laws.
In Tokyo, we were captivated by the Kappabashi district – blocks and blocks of restaurant supply stores. We bought some great barware, and admired the incredible knives.
The Tsukiji Fish Market was another Tokyo highlight. It is the biggest wholesale fish market in the world. Absolutely fascinating.
These carts at the fish market would make the best coffee tables ever.
I soaked up the fashion scene in the Ginza area. Loved this scarf.
We saw these omikuji – paper fortunes – all over. Some are good and some are bad. The good news is if you get a bad one, you can tie it up, and let the wind blow the bad fortune away.
Our Japan adventure concluded with three amazing days in and around Sapporo. We knew it would be colder, and it was, with snow still on the ground. From the coastal town of Otaru to the mountain resort of Jozankei. We ate and slept on the floor, did the onsens – public baths – and ate traditional Japanese food.
Of course there was time to sample a Tokyo happy hour, drink some sake and shochu, and shop for Japanese whiskey. I’ll save that for some future posts.