I’m Not Dead…Yet

Japan has so much to offer, and like other countries, so much of what makes this country special lies in its regions. I’m in Hoikkado, the northernmost and largest of Japan’s 47 prefectures, as well as the largest source of food in this country. But what Hoikkado is really known for is seafood. And that’s what I’ve come here to see and learn about..and I was NOT disappointed.

The infamous fridge door bar owned by the most generous and accommodating hosts (and just good people) Hisashi and Ioanna . If you find yourself in Niseko then it is a must. Thank you so much for everything. I am forever in your debt.

This is infamous fridge door bar owned by my most generous and accommodating hosts (and they’re simply just good people), Hisashi and Ioanna . If you find yourself in Niseko then it is a must. Thank you so much for everything. I am forever in your debt. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Hisashi and Ioanna's  spring water. It was really sweet in flavor. This is basically at their backdoor

Hisashi and Ioanna’s own spring water. Incredibly sweet in flavor. And it’s basically at their backdoor! (Photo Credit: Amass)

The best sushi I had on this trip. I stand at a bar and he just goes for it. It's in a back alley in Otaru. While he trained in Tokyo, and instead of opening up a pretentious spot he did a stand only bar for 6 with music playing . He was super punk rock

The best sushi I had on this trip. I stand at a bar and the chef just goes for it. It’s in a back alley in Otaru. While the chef trained in Tokyo, he decided to open a standing bar for 6 (with music blaring) instead of opening up a pretentious spot. He was super punk rock. (Photo Credit: Amass)

A older gentleman at the bar bought me a hot sake infused with roasted blow fish tail.

A older gentleman at the bar bought me a hot sake infused with roasted blow fish tail. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Not only the guy who bought my the sake with roasted blow fish tail, but also the guy having the most fun at the bar.

By the way, this is the guy who bought my the sake with roasted blow fish tail…and he was also the guy having the most fun at the bar. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Hunting for sea urchins in Otaru.

Hunting for sea urchins in Otaru. (Photo Credit: Amass)

The only hint I am giving to this sushi spot. (Photo Credit: Amass)

The people in Hokkaido were beyond cool. Super open and excited to see people coming to visit the north of Japan. (Photo Credit: Amass)

The people in Hokkaido were beyond cool. Super open and excited to see people coming to visit the north of Japan. (Photo Credit: Amass)

Once again, thank you all the people who made this trip possible. And despite the sake with roasted blowfish tail, I’m still alive….