Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sampling Sapporo

Sapporo offers a bewildering range of delicacies.
Barry is shown sampling the aptly-named soup curry. We did not try the winter-dried fish, to our knowledge.
Though we did tour the full range of seafood selections.
Some foods were more confusing than others.
Hokkaido is special for roly cake made on a sideways shawarma machine.And for cheese, which, though eaten too fast to be photographed, was bought in the market shown below.
After all that, perhaps some dessert?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hokkaido Confusion

One of the reasons Japan's so great is that we don't understand much. How is this bear in tighties linked to the store selling chocolate-coated potato chips? Why is this man a fish?
Barry, however, understood the table reservation signs.
Luckily, guidance is provided, such as this Shopping Helpo booth. Here, hints for dealing with winter. Luckily, we survived even without our corduroy pants! Note that Americans are in trouble given the temperature conversion shown here!
These instructions on a sand dispenser - save yourself and others!More confusion - what do these fashion stores sell? Then sometimes you wonder if Japan finds other places a tad unusual too.
Places like Heiduruburugu, perhaps.
But some places, they truly understand, like Idaho!
Just remember, when in doubt, life is vegetables.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Japanese Thirst

When Singapore is hot, time to get a cool drink in, perhaps, Sapporo. Above, the Sapporo beer museum and challenges in smokestack photography. Below, the sake museum. We pretended to read the Japanese history of beer.
And the snow mascot of sake.This man seemed equally confused.Sake tasting - that we understood!
And, surprisingly, the sake museum features Japanese wine!Here, Barry demonstrates his sake glass with overflow in the box technique. Harder than it looks!