Today we woke up at 5 am to fly to Kushiro, on the Northern island of Hokkaido. As we landed, we could see endless green out the window, peeking out beneath the fog. This is a different place than Tokyo, and it seems magical so far.
We’ve had an unbelievable day, and in another post I will have to write about the Ainu culture (the indigenous group up here), the Onsen experience (relaxing in the hot springs), and staying in this amazing traditional Japanese hotel. Since I need to sleep desperately, I’ll just say for now that we’ve been pampered, and the climax of the amazing day was our unbelievable dinner. We had 10 courses, and I tried all sorts of new things, both unrecognizable and raw. And I’m proud to say that I tried everything. Amazing. Normally, I don’t photograph so much of my food, but can you believe that this was all one meal?
I can’t tell you what all of those foods are, but I ate them, and they were oishii (delicious). Our waitress was very sweet and just kept offering new treats. The view of Lake Akan was stunning, and our group laughed a lot tonight.
Our Kushiro group is only half of the American teachers, because the other 12 went to Hashimoto. We are having a wonderful time so far, and doing lots of bonding, but we already miss the other half of our group. We can’t wait to see them and tell them all sorts of stories of our adventures. It’s only been one day and we are all loving being in Group Kushiro!