I forgot to mention that as I was leaving the dining room last evening I saw a red fox running along outside the window. That is the second time we have seen one but not been in a position to photograph it.
We usually stop at a 7 Eleven or some other convenience store every day to either buy water, snacks or use the rest rooms. Today it was more of a food market type store and Martin directed us to a type of bakery counter to buy something unpronounceable-able. It was kind of a fluffy American pancake/hot cake type texture filled with either chocolate, custard or bean paste. About the size of a hash brown... and sooo good. Later on when I asked if anyone could remember the name the response I got was "fluffy little pillows of deliciousness"... yep that said it all!
I had to laugh; at a rest room stop I was following along behind the guys, like ducks in a row in a world of my own without thinking and stopped just in time... I was on the threshold of the men's room.
And speaking of toilets... sometimes you just have to wonder... Japan's hi tech toilets are legendary & it's lovely to have a warm seat especially if you are cold... but then you have to wash your hands in ice cold water & the air dryer is also freezing cold.
What kind of twisted mentality pairs a heated loo seat with a frigid air dryer?
Mata ne (see you later)
ps. I was shooting through the windows as we drove to give you a sense of Hokkaido.