She came to Japan many years ago on business, but this was her first time in Hokkaido.
It was so interesting to see familiar places through her eyes, and hear her comments and questions. I often write tourist information, and this was a refreshing look at how a visitor experiences a trip here.
We went to Shiraoi Ainu tourist village, then Noboribetsu, and skiing at Rusutsu. She also enjoyed the Snow Festival, snow shoe walking in the Sapporo Art Park, cross country skiing in Nakajima Park and other sights such as Hokkaido Shrine.
She was VERY impressed with Japanese food: the presentation, the varied textures and the taste. Even cheap food was well presented.
She was also surprised at how polite everyone was. The smiles and the bowing. As we walked through the Sapporo Station shopping area she commented that everybody seemed so well mannered and quiet! In England in shopping centers there are sometimes groups of young people being noisy.
But mainly she just loved Hokkaido and the beauty of it in winter. I love Hokkaido too - so I was like a proud parent!