Mark helped a little with the names of the locations for the captions and I apologize if I've spelled anything wrong (as I've said before, I'm a poor excuse for a Japanese person) ;) I hope you enjoy these. :)
My sister-in-law Julie, my mother-in-law, and Mark in front of the Okurayama Ski Jump in Sapporo.
Here's Mark standing next to a big "ageimo" which was battered deep fried potato on a stick.
He really enjoyed it and said it tasted just like an andagi. :)
They went apple picking in Soubetsu! :)
Here's Mark pretending to pick apples (he's not a big fan of them so he's only acting here.) ;)
Here's Mark, Julie, his Mom, and his Dad wearing their yukatas for a nice dinner in Noboribetsu. :)
Mark at the sulfer field in Noboribetsu.
The one thing he said he was thankful for here was his missing sense of smell. ;)
Ah! Here's Mark eating the squid ink ice cream at the Asaichi Market in Hakodate.
Blech! :P The surprising thing was that he actually liked it. Blah!
Catching the train from Hakodate to Aomori.
Mark was feeling a little under the weather that day and he said it was a LONG trip! :P
This looked like a lot of fun!!
Here's Mark making his own senbei (Japanese tea cookie) in the Morioka Handi-works Square.
Mark's Mom and Julie in front of another sulfer spring in Kusatsu.
Here's Julie buying arare that was freshly fried and dipped in shoyu.
YUM! I would've really gone for that if I was there!
Here's a nice picture of the famous lantern in the shrine in Asakusa.
And finally, Mark and his parents outside of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.