Thursday, February 19, 2009

Snow is Fallin' On My Head...

So, as promised I'm here to tell you about our fabulous trip to the Snow Festival and skiing.  We left two Friday's ago and were off to Otaru (our hotel location).  It was a bit of a long day as we were delayed getting there and hence we had to take the local train, which means almost an hour extra riding time.  

The next day we woke up and headed out to Sapporo.  We spent the day looking at some of the coolest snow sculptures I've ever seen.  There was a street of huge displays several stories high.  Then there was another street with all ice sculptures.  Both were simply amazing.  Hokkaido is also known for their crab.  Luckily, our friend Sam had made us all a reservation at a well known restaurant known for their crab and it was oishi desu (delicious).  

The next day we hit Otaru, which was also really fun.  They have this canal that we explored during the day (in the snow), then we got a chance to make our own glasses (Otaru is known for their glass), and eat some great sushi, and they on a whim headed back to the canal and man was it worth the trip.  They had glass balls with candles inside floating all up the canal and along the bank there were mini snow carvings with candles inside as well.  It was so pretty and very romantic....well it would have been if my hubby hadn't been so obsessed with trying out all the features of his new camera, but se la vie.  

We spend the next two days skiing.  The first day we went to Niseko to meet up with our friends who were staying there.  It was so strange because there were more Australians and New Zealanders there than any other culture.  The next day we went to Kiroro, which was very Japanese.  They were both amazing.  Skiing was like floating on a cloud the powder was so perfect.  

That pretty much sums up our trip.  We had the great time seeing Northern Japan and hanging out with our friends.  As usual, I'm attaching some pics for you to see some of the neat things we got to.  

Afterwards we were pretty tired and I think this picture says it all...

Until next time...Jenn

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

And away we go....Hokkaido (volume I)

So, John has our camera held hostage in Hong Kong.  Therefore, I don't have the majority of our pictures from our most recent trip to show you yet, but never fear they will be coming your way soon and they are fabulous if I do say so myself.  

For those of you that don't know, we went to Northern Japan to see the Sapporo Snow Festival this past weekend and then stayed a bit longer to hit the slopes, which were amazing.  More to come on all of that, but here are a few pics to whet your interest.  

Until next time...Jenn

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tokyo in 15 hours or less.....

Okay, okay, so I've been letting the blog slide a bit.  I guess that since our lives are entering somewhat of a routine I feel like there isn't quite as much to report and say (other than my cross stitching re-discovery).  However, we did have our inaugural visitor....thank you Todd.  One of our friends and an old co-worker of John's from Dallas was flying through Tokyo and stopped in to see the pad and the city and generally say hi.  Poor thing was pooped by the time he got to our house and we were both so excited to impart all that Tokyo had to offer...his head was probably spinning.  

Unfortunately, Todd didn't have but one night to spend with us before going to service for PwC elsewhere, but we managed to catch a few great pics of him in the city ( prove that he was in fact here).  Now for the rest of you...we are totally soliciting visitors so if you've had a yen (no pun intended) to hit up Asia we have a spare the ridiculously expensive plane fare won't be quite so painful.  Think about it....ha!

As for us, we are heading out to Northern Japan on Friday to hit up the Snow Festival and skiing, so look out for more fun postings.  Not to mention, John should have the best pictures ever considering the fact that we are now the proud owners of this fancy camera mentioned previously.  

Until next time...Jenn