Daily Archives: January 1, 2011

First Ski in 2011

We left Karuizawa Mura Hotel at 10 PM. We dropped by XIV Karuizawa, where we were going to stay this evening. We left one of our luggages in the hotel and had breakfast in the lounge. We often stay at XIV hotels enjoying their reasonable services. We drove for one and a half hour for skiing to Kusatsu Spa and Ski Area. We first went there last winter and liked it. On the way, we had a good view of Mount Asama, a volcano. The quality of snow was good for this season of the start of the year. It started snowing. After the ski, we went shopping at Karuizawa … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve and New Year, 2011

In Karuizawa Mura Hotel, we took a nap. We woke up. Katya talked with her family using Skype. With a taxi, we went to down town.  The city was so deserted, and we were disappointed. Near Karuizawa station, we found a Korean BBQ restaurant, ITADORI, suitable to celebrate the end of the year. We took Sake. “Very Spicy Soup”  was not that spicy but tasted good. BBQing started. Beef stew was delicious. We got full!  We moved to Mampei Hotel, an oldest Western-type hotel in Japan, established in 1884.  I knew the history and I wanted to visit. Not to stay but to celebrate a New Year in their old … Continue reading

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