Life as an MBA student at Keio….The top photo is of my professor for Strategic Management with Social Impacts using a system I’ve never seen to randomly assign project teams to work rooms. The bottom photo is of my last Innovation Management class which took place via Skype because our professor is tending to business is Turkey this week. Gotta love technology.

Made it to the airport with enough time for an ice cold bottle of fresh Hokkaido milk before take off :)

Made it to the airport with enough time for an ice cold bottle of fresh Hokkaido milk before take off :)

Sapporo Factory for a little souvenir shop browsing. I think I enjoyed the fall leaves around the building more than the shops.

Yubari melon (sweet cantoloupe grown in Hokkaido) is the king of fruits around these parts….so of course, I had to try a slice. I approve. Two thumbs up.

Yubari melon (sweet cantoloupe grown in Hokkaido) is the king of fruits around these parts….so of course, I had to try a slice. I approve. Two thumbs up.

Another day, another fish market. Today Curb Market (also in Sapporo). If you find yourself in Sapporo, I recommend going to Nijo and skipping Curb. The location and atmosphere are better at Nijo and the food is about the same. My thoughts on fish markets are: Tokyo for Tuna. Sapporo for salmon and scallops.

Aung treated me to Sapporo ramen for dinner so I treated him to dessert at Nano’s Green Tea. Matcha Frappucinos with green tea ice cream and rice balls. I expected the rice balls to taste like mochi…they didn’t. Nevertheless, they were yummy. They were like a Japanese version of stuffed snow cones from Sno To Go in Virginia (a childhood hometown favorite)

One last sunset photo stop with a different view of Lake Toya.

Goofy photos with my new friend Aung. He’s from Burma…Inle Lake to be specific. Since we were both traveling solo and the only people on the tour who didn’t speak Japanese, we stuck together. Luckily this was a multilingual tour so we listened to the tour information on the bus in English via headphones.

A hike around the top leads you to the Ginnuma Crater…notice the steam rising out of it to the right in the top photo.

Mount Usu Ropeway cable car ride for great views of Lake Toya and Showa-shinzan (the only mountain known to be made entirely from volcanic lava, created by the 1943 eruption of Mount Usu)