Ohayo Gozaimasu. That’s Good Morning in Japanese. It’s 6:30 in the morning and we have just landed at Narita Airport in Tokyo. In transit. Waiting for our connecting flight to Sapporo in Hokkaido. The northern most island of Japan. Then onwards to our final destination. Niseko. My family is excited about the powder skiing. We will be hitting the slopes sometime this afternoon.
I love Hokkaido for its produce. Fresh, beautiful seafood. Sashimi. Sushi. Coincidentally, it’s king crab season at the moment. An added bonus. We especially adore the King Crab Chilli Ramen at Hanazono. There’s also soba. Miso. Onigiri. Katsu-don. Teriyaki. Teppanyaki. Okonomiyaki. The list goes on.
A little known fact. Hokkaido is famous for potatoes. And a myriad of other fruits and vegetables. In summer, I like to think of it as the food bowl of Japan. My friend Motoko had an especially good crop this summer and we will be making gnocchi from her home-grown potatoes for dinner on Year’s Eve. Sad but true, I packed a potato ricer of all things! We will also be having our annual fondue night. A great tradition we look forward to each year.
There are a lot of great foodie surprises in store. The food in Japan is superb. A food lover’s paradise. We will be so spoilt for choice! And yes we will be stopping in Tokyo on our way home. All I have to do now is work out how to fit in both skiing and blogging.