Niseko is famous of its skiing, but a few people know about the hidden beauty of this place in the summer.
Summer in Hokkaido is beautiful. Weather is gorgeous, so much green, so much nature, and there are lots and lots of local produce. 3 years ago I came here for the first time in summer and fell tremendously in love with this place. While I also come here for skiing in winter I love its summer even more. I always found it amazing to see all the places that were covered in snow just a few months ago now all full of endless green field patties. Since then we have been spending a month here every summer, going hiking, fishing, camping, rafting, getting as close as to nature as possible.
But the biggest attraction for me about Hokkaido in Japan is its produces. Tons and tons of them. From tomatoes to broccoli to cauliflower to corn to pumpkin; Cherries, strawberries, melons, watermelons, peaches! The list goes on an on. Seafood market full of huge variety of fresh seafood. Milk straight from the cows (yes you can milk them yourself); Eggs straight from the hens (they are warm!). These experiences were so precious to a city kid like my son (and me!) to learn that milk, eggs and vegetables do not come from the supermarket. And of course they taste amazing. This is the place where I would eat my broccoli and cauliflower raw.
When I first started to get interested in fitness and health few years ago, I was popping a lot of protein shakes and “health” supplements. But after my experience in Hokkaido I started to think about how great it was to just eat natural food (You can’t even find low fat cheese here…). You really would not want to touch anything processed when you have so much produce around you and they taste magnificent themselves without much seasoning. Since then I started to have doubts about all the chemically processed “health” food and started to slowly stay away from them and moved to all natural foods. However I admitted I have had a few relapses, especially when I am back in the city full of chemically processed “healthy” temptations.
I am back in Niseko again! I am determined on getting myself back on a all natural food diet, and honestly this isn’t a better place than here to do so. We flew in last night, and the first thing I did was to the local farmers’ market to sort out my beautiful produces for the next few days. By the 3rd year now the farmers and my favorite shops for produce and seafood already remembered me by name. They kept offering me free food. Ah! It’s just so good to be back.
Tonight’s lunch was just a simple salad with cabbage, lecture, daikon, tomatoes, cucumber, fresh shiso with salmon sashimi and egg with a squeeze of lemon, salt, pepper. It was soooooo good.
It’s good to be back.