Merry Christmas from Niseko, Japan

I just settled in at the Niseko Higashiyama Prince Hotel Tower on Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Having only visited inhabited areas of Japan, I’ve never seen a one car JR train, but I rode in one today that chugged through some pretty desolate areas. I’m up here to get some snowboarding in during the holidays with the Tajimas (I am a friend of the family). While in Hakodate, I visited the Hokunyu dairy processing and packaging plant and tasted some kick ass yogurt, milk, and butter (more on this later).

All I can say is that is absolutely freezing up here. Yes, you can say that I’m a pussy when it comes to cold since I’m from Los Angeles. It’s currently -4 deg C here in Niseko. Anyhow, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whichever doesn’t offend you.

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While on the train from Hakodate to um…..somewhere (I can’t remember the name).

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Right outside the JR station in Niseko.

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The one car train was on this deserted lonely set of tracks. The one car train ran over a baby wild cat of some kind while I was watching. The train made a crunching sound as we rolled over it….

BTW, don’t party too hard on New Years. And if you don’t, I’ll do enough partying for you and I combined while in Tokyo. Happy new years too in case I don’t post until 2008.

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