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Family Favorite–Oven-Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken (Easy Chicken Katsu)

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This year’s back to school process is a little different than the ones I’ve been through for the last 13 years. This year, my son is moving out to go to school. He… Continue reading

LUNAFEST, Jackie Reys, Moon & Turtle, and Temple with Marla

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Wow! What a Friday night it was! It was so much fun, I forgot to take a picture with Marla, who I was hanging out with all night long! Marla was visiting from… Continue reading

Away to College — Shopping List

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My son is headed away to his first year of college. My friends and I have a range of emotions and feelings about our children leaving our homes. Some friends are feeling the… Continue reading

Day 6 Hilo to Hokkaido — Sapporo to Hilo

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It’s our last day in Japan. We woke up and made it to Nijo Seafood Market where we had delicious sushi for breakfast. I took the group to the same restaurant that I… Continue reading

Day 5 Hilo to Hokkaido — Otaru to Sapporo

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On day 5 of my Hokkaido trip, I woke up early and took a walk around the neighborhood. There isn’t a whole lot to see around the Kuramure ryokan but there was a… Continue reading

Day 4 Hilo to Hokkaido — Otaru

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I woke up feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep on a comfortable futon. We headed to our private dining room to enjoy a Japanese style breakfast. After breakfast, we headed off to… Continue reading

Day 3 Hilo to Hokkaido — Sapporo to Otaru

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Our group hired a driver to take us to Otaru and will be leaving Keio Plaza Sapporo Hotel. We are staying at a ryokan in Otaru for two nights. I woke up early… Continue reading

Day 2 Hilo to Hokkaido — Furano and Biei

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Despite going to bed at around 1ish, my strong body clock still got me up around 5 a.m. My roomies slept in a bit longer so while they slept, I did some work… Continue reading

Day 1 Hilo to Hokkaido—Sapporo, Here we Come!

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We started our trip on a Thursday from Hilo International Airport. We saw friends at the airport who were headed to Boston. I asked my friend’s teenage son to take our picture and… Continue reading

Girlfriend Trip to Hokkaido — What to pack?

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My friends and I decided to take a trip to Japan. Since it is summer, we wanted to avoid the humidity that is expected in Tokyo so we decided to go to Hokkaido… Continue reading