Friday, May 22, 2009

Golden Week Japan Part III: Sapporo

Back from a whirlwind Tokyo/Kyoto travel high, we were welcomed back home to Sapporo by glorious spring weather, (almost) empty wallets, and only four days left of Carissa's visit to Japan.

Her first night here, we were invited over to our favorite neighbors/boss's house for an AMAZING (as usual) feast of non-Japanese proportions cooked by Takeuchi san...

...before heading downtown to see our favorite chef/bartender hard at work:

A trip to Sapporo isn't complete without a visit to our favorite hole-in-the-wall yakiniku joint! Yakiniku means grilled meat, and usually consists of a grill-it-yourself BBQ style meal:

On Thursday, it was back to work for me, and I had the perfect show-and-tell item for my, not Carissa, but instead a luscious bottle of Kansas City BBQ sauce! Just look at it in all of its glory:

And Friday became Crystal Family Day at S.I.T. as both Carissa AND Jacob came to four of my classes!

The weekend was spent cramming in some last minute Japanese and Sapporo culture such as our fabulous cherry blossom viewing and party, keitan (conveyor belt) sushi, bicycle rides, the magical-mystery of the ¥100 shop, AAAAAAAAND, sampling some new and crazy Kit Kat flavors, including (but certainly not limited to):

Edamame (soybean) flavored...DELICIOUS!!!

Followed by a little espresso for dessert:

And onto the horrendous citrus-chili pepper-macha-chocolate concoction:

Before finishing with a sample of the special Hokkaido baked potato goodness...AWESOME!

I had a ton of fun running around Japan with my little sis...thanks Carissa and we hope to see you next year!

Sooooo, one overseas visitor down, about 100 more to go! Who's next, I ask!! Who's next? We're waiting for you...

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