10 Feb. 2014. It’s Monday morning in our neighborhood, as evidenced by trash covered by a blue net to prevent crows from tearing up the plastic bags. The women (center) have been caucusing for years. This scene is repeated on Thursdays. iPhone 5 photo.
6 Feb. 2014. All the crab you can eat in 90 minutes. Three types initially served: zuwaigani, kegani, tarabagani. Decided to concentrate on tarabagani since it was easiest to eat. $45 per person. Sapporo, Japan. iPhone 5 photo.
5 Jan. 2014. Enjoyed an exquisite kani kaiseki ryori (crab multi-course dinner) at the famous Kani Honke restaurant in Sapporo’s Susukino district. Virtually every dish had crab in it. In brief, it was delicious.
5 Feb. 2014. 65th Sapporo Snow Festival. Odori koen (top row). Ice sculptures at Susukino area (middle, bottom). Visited by two million people annually. An event worth attending in spite of the cold weather that doesn’t seem so cold when you are there. iPhone 5 photo.