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The view from the window



On flights, particularly long-haul overseas ones, my seat of choice is an aisle one. They offer a (relative) feeling of freedom, make it easier to take multiple strolls and negate the need to scramble over fellow passengers for toilet or boredom breaks. The exception for this snow-deprived creature of the sub-tropics is flying in and out of Hokkaido in winter, because of the potential for glimpses of majestic Mt Fuji, just out of Tokyo, the towering snow-covered northern Alps of Honshu, and the black-and-white patchwork of paddies nearing Chitose airport. So a window seat must be booked in advance, just to be sure.

My most recent visit was not disappointing…Fuji loud and clear on the port side, minutes out of Narita, and minimal cloud cover offering captivating views of the Alps. And generous snowfalls earlier on the northern island guaranteed a thick blanket of chequered fields, frosted farm buildings and whitened trees glimpsed through obliging clouds.




Approaching Chitose Airport. 


Yotei, late afternoon. 


Yotei, early morning.


Setting sun on Yotei. 

Bucketing down in Niseko. 

Hokkaido does its snow seriously. It buckets or blizzards down, rather than sprinkling politely. Such a thrill for those of us from the subtropics.  And no matter how often you see it, Hokkaido’s Fuji-lookalike, Yotei-san, delights in all its moods.


No need to interpret the road sign. 


Tomamu, central Hokkaido. 


Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

4 thoughts on “The view from the window

  1. Nice theme and lovely shots Kathy – you’re a photographer too! Roger

    • Thanks Bro. All the work of my trusty iPhone. If I had some of your technical expertise I would use something more sophisticated. But it does the job, and fits so neatly in my jeans’ pocket. So it will do for the time being.

  2. Beautiful photo’s Kathy. Loved the one of Yotei with the sun and the red building. They were all wonderful but that one was my pick. Your iphone certainly does a great job! e

  3. You are brave going there in winter but I can see why you love the landscape. great shots for an iPhone especially the ‘setting sun on Yotei”

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