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March 2, 2012

Famous in Hokkaido

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Partying with the Glitterati.

We have been partying hard in Furano the last week or so. Mainly just playing guitars and singing with our lovely Japanese friends. Nori brought his electric guitar which has an inbuilt amplifier built into it. I had lots of fun playing it and pretending that I was a rock star.

Screaming lead guitar
Me playing a portable electric guitar

Nori is a great skier who lives near Tokyo and usually skis in Hakuba. He plays some great guitar as well and it was a great pleasure to play along with him.

Nori and me
Nori and me

We had a party on Sunday night where we invited lots of Japanese friends and played some music and had some fantastic food. Kazuki made the awesomest Okonomiyaki which tasted so good. I am on the right in this photo.

party action.
Party Action

A reporter from the Hokkaido Shimbun came around and took some photos and they did an article in the Hokkaido newspaper and Boris and communicating through music. I think that is what it says, I have no idea, doh!

Hokkaido Shimbun
Famous in Hokkaido

Then last night we had another get-together and made some music and had a little food. We are non-stop party people here in Hokkaido. The craziness just never stops!

Hiro and Toku
Hiro and Toku

Toku is a Taiko drummer and ski instructor in Furano. Hiro has a restaurant with his wife, Em, called Senggoku. They do the most amazing dinners for really cheap. Lovely people.

Noriko and Hiro
Noriko and Hiro

I helped Noriko to make some takoyaki. They taste sensational.

Takoyaki
Takoyaki

Takoyaki means fried octopus in Japanese and is a popular ball-shaped dumpling made of batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. We put in the batter first and then filled with diced octopus, pickled ginger, and green onion. The takoyaki were rolled with a skewer until browned. Then we squirted on takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise, and topped with katsuobushi (shavings of dried bonito). It was first made in Osaka and I have seen them making them there in the Shin-sekai district. I will try some again when I get back to Osaka.

Takoyaki
Takoyaki

Then finally after all that party madness, it is back to skiing. whew!

nori and boris
Nori and Boris

The top four photos and the feature image are from Nori’s camera and the rest are mine.

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