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... name is Hiroto and came all the way from Tokyo by train.
On our way to Biei, where the Blue Pond is, we got surprised by the ocean of flowers on the side of the road. The colours of the flowers are so bright and go in waves over the hill. Of course I take some pictures and I would love to stay here and watch the flowers all day, but there are so many other things we will see today.
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... and has several beautiful landmarks which we went to visit during the weekend. When we were trying to find the way to a nice small hostel we actually found a cheese factory in the middle of the forest. After a better look it seems that they are even more specialized than only cheese. They have also a pizza factory and a ice cream factory. We decided that the pizza definitely needs to be tasted. And Momo is eager to have a taste of the ...
... running when the wind blew. I don't blame her - it was COLD. I would not have been surprised to see snow that night. Yet only the previous day I had been basking in 23 degree heat. Apparently these extremes are quite normal for this mid-season from winter into spring. Hokkaido is a food-oriented destination and I've been doing my best to get through the huge variety on offer. Some staples are very familiar - potatoes, beef, asparagus, dairy produce. Others are ...
What a magic day. In the morning we made fresh tracks through powder knee deep, which was magic. Later we did some off piste skiing through waist deep powder which was fun but tricky. Fell once, and couldn't get out of the snow to put the skis on! In the afternoon we did shorter runs through soft powder until the pain made us stop for the day Hot bath with beer to finish off the ...
... in the form of a pitstop for the Buta-don. For 850 yen, we had a delicious bowl of freshly made but a don with a bowl of miso soup and some tea. All prepared by the group of senior citizens who looked to be in charge of operating the rest stop restaurant. Yet another moment of inspiration for the way the elderly conduct their day to day activity while staying as productive as they can be. Respect to that and made sure I finish my Buta-don.