Driving north from Asahikawa with the windows down.
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A brief interlude at the top of the Nissho Pass, driving with Tony down to some event in the southwest.
Returning to Shari after the abortive attempt the previous fall, a trio of Kiwis and I summit in glory.
The first day of summer, coming surprisingly late to northeastern Hokkaido.
Oliver let me tag along on an excursion to see what was left of the rail line that used to run through Yubetsu.
I drove Penelope the AZ-Wagon around the whole perimeter of Hokkaido to see what else was out there.
Skiing at Kurodake and my first visit to the Sounkyo Ice Festival.
A trip on the icebreaking ship Aurora to see the sea ice on the Sea of Okhotsk.
Back to Yamabiko-no-taki in wintertime to see the frozen waterfall.
In Iwamizawa, I experience my first (and thus far only) earthquake, and we drive home through thick snow.
The winter is starting to settle in. I celebrate American Thanksgiving with friends in Monbetsu.
In which the author rambles a little bit.
A belated Halloween party, home from which we took the low roads over the mountain passes.
More urbex at the Kampo-no-yado Sounkyo, a semi-destroyed hotel by the side of the road just outside of Kamikawa.
Konomai, the first time I explored some abandoned infrastructure that marks so much of the face of Hokkaido.
The first abortive trip up Shari-dake, accompanied by a quartet of Kiwis, ending in a mad rush down the mountainside after hours of beating through the wilderness.
Yamabiko-no-taki, my first encounter with a higuma, a drive on a forest road, and karaoke with the Monbetsu folks.
A trip to Nitori, a night in Asahikawa, and a trip to Tenninkyo
Hauling Renyu on a mikoshi through Kamiyubetsu.
Arriving in Japan, Tokyo Orientation, the train up to Yubetsu, and my first days at work.