Today has been a sprint from one thing to another and it is already almost dinnertime. Isabella* is still chilling at the northeastern-most tip on Honshu and will soon take the ferry to Hokkaido, which is what she'll do on Monday.
In preparation, however, some homework: I'd forgotten that Anthony Bourdain* made a show about Hokkaido in 2011. It's on Hulu, at least, and might be on your favorite streaming service as well. You could do worse than give it a watch this weekend....
* and Ito
** I miss him so very much.