Our trip was a mixed bag.

Did you enjoy your Golden Week?  I had a good time.  We visited my son in, Hokkaido.  We took the Shin Nihonkai Ferry up and back.

We went to many beautiful places that I have never seen before;

Lake Shikotsu

Mount  Yotei

Cape Shakotan (積丹岬)

Kyuu Yoichi Fukuhara Gyoba ( 旧余市福原漁場)

Mount Tengu,

Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

Former Hokkaido Government Office Building

And of course, Clock Tower

We ate some great food at Tony Roma’s

But, . . . . . while we were there, somebody KEYED MY CAR!!!


Thirty years in Japan, and this has never happened to me before.  I was very disappointed.  Also, there were so many aggressive drivers in Hokkaido.  I don’t want to complain, but I was a bit surprised.

Today’s phrase is “a mixed bag”.

We use this to say it’s a mixture of good and bad, for instance,


Our trip to Hokkaido was a mixed bag, we had a great time, but my car was keyed!

Obama care was a mixed bag, but Trumpcare is much worse!

For me, spring is a mixed bag, I love all the new flowers and plants, the warm weather, but my new classes start, and I’m always so stressed out!

I’m looking forward to hearing about your Golden Week.  See you soon!


P.S.  Welcome to my new reader from Sendai!  Hello Mr.  Saito.  Thank you for the postcard!