Our bathroom in Sapporo. Very spacious by Japanese standards (Separate shower and deep bath)
Toilet controls. You can work them out.
Changing table, Sapporo public toilet. (Note child seat hanging on the wall)
Where to put him/her while Mum gets a chance.
Tunnel from the subway with the central strip for vision-impaired people. No prizes for guessing where it leads.
Luxury shower: from above, three from middle and a flexible one for everywhere else.
Very adequate hotel room in Kyoto.
A compact bathroom, but perfectly functional.
And the food....... To be truthful we were a little anxious on this score: the largely unknown, and with chopsticks! But fortunately we both like seafood, and I at least like it raw, and this was just as well, since it would have been hard to avoid. I signed up for the daily lunches at the conference and received a series of delights; the star was the exquisitely packed selection of nigiri and sushi, but I also liked the rice balls that came in a double cellophane wrapper to keep the outer sheet of nori crisp. There was an art to unpacking them, however! Take-san took us for a memorable lunch at a sushi place in Utoro, where we sat around the central food preparation place and either ordered items directly from the two chefs, or picked them from the conveyor belt as they came past. The fish was wonderful, and lunch for the two of us, assessed by the colour of the plates, came to ￥1700 (divide by 100, more or less).
Conference lunch box. My mouth is watering.
Sushi train, Nemuro (pinched from Google Images).
Ainu potato pancakes, Kushiro Marsh.
Crab lunch, Sapporo Fish Market. (Hairy Crab + King Crab legs)
All set. With the universal miso soup and green tea.
Potato cake on a stick. Nishiki Market, Kyoto.
Nishiki Market: green tea stall. Green tea ice cream was good.
Nishiki Market: wasabe roots. And those apples were over a dollar each.
Nishiki Market: pickled cucumbers. (It wasn't all fish).
Smoked and grilled hokke. Milder than a kipper.
Fabulous dinner, Youroushi. Note the hot plate top left to cook mushrooms, small pieces of fish etc. Pickled fish (left centre) was my least favourite.
Prawns and crab, part of the dinner at Youroushi.
Dinner at Abishiro. Front and centre: raw sea squirt.
Breakfast at Youroushi. That's a lightly poached egg at right centre. Try that with chopsticks.
Rice is pretty straightforward.
Takeaway from Lawsons across the road. Yakitori skewers, pork buns, rice balls, salad, beer......
So how to sum up Japan? "Fascinating" is the word I've been using, because there was so much that was so different, and yet with eyes half-closed it could have been another western society. Would I go back? Oh yes. I'm thinking of Steller's Sea-eagles on the ice flows off northern Hokkaido........
Sea otter! I forgot the sea otter! Off Cape Nosappu.