i was saddened by the news about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. i remember flying over Honshu's coast which was calm and beautiful even from the plane. though all of my Japanese colleagues are safe, still it was sad to know that many died from this natural calamity.on my last day in Hokkaido, i had to find something to remind me of this beautiful island. a country known to have some of Japan's indigenous animals that includes deers and horses. the airport of Tokachi Obihiro reflects the island as being industrial yet still naturally rich.while walking around the airport waiting for my flight to Nagoya, i checked out the shop in search of a souvenir. i found out that among the most important symbol of Hokkaido, the big brown bear dominates also known as Higuma and bears are generally called as kuma.i tried to check other items only to find that the shop also holds a wide array of chocolates and found out the Royce chocolate actually originated in this island. these chocolates even became famous when they started selling in airports.
i also ended up buying these chocolate-coated strawberry, something i thought the city of Baguio should do. like the city of Obihiro, this airport seems so isolated as i was seeing very few people. not even half of the plane was filled on that day.like most trips around Japan, plane took off as scheduled. our flight back to the big island of Honshu went bumpy as we approached the greater Nagoya area. it was cloudy until we started descending that revealed an aerial view of the big city.
after touch down, it started to drizzle as we were entering the old terminal of Nagoya Airport. after few minutes, bus arrived in time for our transfer to the Nagoya central train station that cut short our excitement of watching Sumo wrestling at the airport's arrival area.
let's hope that Japan will recover soon, let's not forget to offer a prayer for those who died and those who are still strongly affected by the catastrophe.