弘前市、弘前城 First day in Hirosaki city

These photos were taken at 28.12.2011 so just few days before the new year. At this time we were in the beautiful country side of Aomori in a city called Hirosaki.

This was the first day I could go out with my camera and take photos since it was snowing so much everyday. To be honest there was only 3 days where I could go out and take photos with my nikon but luckily I have my sony pocket cam to take photos no matter what the weather is.

In the morning we went to Hirosaki JR station and from there we walked to the beautiful park in the middle of the city which has the amazing 弘前城 (Hirosaki castle), still the weather was not the best and the amount of snow was a bit problematic but in my opinion I did get some great shots !

Maybe next spring I will go there in the time of the cherry blossoms and take photos of the castle and the flowers.
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As you see Hirosaki is a bit different then Kyoto for example 🙂
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Japanese architecture is so fascinating ! Such a beauty that you don’t see anywhere in the world.
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Also saw this guy with his ipad2 and rain cover talking to someone and showing the castle 🙂 I will try to do that this spring through Ustream or something for you 🙂
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Men taking snowing away from the trees near the castle. The funny thing was that one of them was actually my girls’ old old friend from school.
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These “cookies” are famous from Aomori, very tasty !
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Look what we found when we were walking in Hirosaki city, Like I have said before Aomori is famous for it’s delicious apples and we found these frozen apples. Probably they just left them for the tourists tho.
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Found a wicked looking natural ice art as well !
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People are taking away the snow from the streets by dropping the snow to the underground water system so it melts fast and it won’t be in the way.
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Few Hirosaki photos again.
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I recommend everyone to visit Hirosaki city in Aomori, such a beautiful place and easy to go with a shinkansen or night buss from Tokyo.
弘前城、青森 Hirosaki Castle
Today I will upload all the photos that I have left from Aomori to my flickr and upload my flickr as well ! So sorry about the delay 🙂

Third amazing day at Kyoto and Osaka

Sorry that it took this long to upload these photos ! The internet connection at my place been fighting with me a bit.

This day we visited only 2 different famous places in Kyoto and than we jumped to the local rapid train from Kyoto station to Osaka, to see the world famous Osakajo Castle.

Our buss left at 11.55pm (23.55) so we did have time but we knew that after we climbed on top of Fushimi inari Shrine (which is basically a mountain) that we would be very tired after that to start going all over Kyoto again. We walked to Tofukuji from Fushimi inari because it is in a walking distance and than took the train to Osaka. My first impression of Osaka was not that great I guess I am too much of a Tokyo lover, I do hear many people saying that they prefer Osaka over Tokyo but I don’t.

that day the visiting order was

in Kyoto
1st. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
2nd. Tofuku ji
and then in Osaka
3rd. Osakajo Castle
4th. Shopping streets of Kyoto (souvenirs)

Fushimi inari was breathtaking!
Couple of tips for all of you who want to go there
-Go very early preferably 6-7am, if you want to take beautiful photos and walk in peace
-Bring very good walking shoes ( there is a loooot of stairs)

I took way too much photos at this place because to me it was so beautiful with the colors and the spiritual feeling it had.
Here are some photos that I took.
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This place is very famous for the amount of Torii it has and now you will see why.
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They continued all the way the mountain and of course we climbed on top to see all of them.
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No worries there was a vending machine !
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Climb a mountain – Check
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To make you understand how long way it is up there I tried to take few shots to show you.
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So many stairs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When you go early enough you do not get this kind of photos. (just took this to show you that going very early is the best choice)
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Putting up a new Torii
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We finally got down and we were a bit tired so we took a quick stop at a nice local cafe which had very good breakfast set. After we were all rested we left to see the famous Tofukuji Temple, we knew that it was going to be full of people but that did not bother us that much because of the beautiful autumn leafs.

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We took the first train out of Tofukuji to Kyoto station and there I had a delicious hot dog quickly and then we took the next semi rapid train to Osaka station, was very fast to be honest.
The Osaka castle is the 2nd real castle I have seen in Japan besides Odawara Castle. What can I say I love Japanese castles! It was very beautiful and since my girlfriend is a bit of a Japanese history otaku (geek) she was the perfect tour guide and knew the history of the castle as well.

I hope you enjoy the photos I took of it !
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And we returned back to Kyoto and did our final shopping spree before our night buss back to the best city in the world called TOKYO ! It was a bit sad to leave Kyoto but glad to go back to Tokyo since that is the place we both know very well.

Here it was our trip to Kyoto & Osaka, did you enjoy the photos ? would be glad to hear some comments 🙂

I will make a post of some extra photos I took in Kyoto and Osaka soon, also today I will make few other posts since a lot have happened this week and last including the Finnish independence day party at the Finnish embassy of Japan I went and much more!

ps. To all of you Car & car babe lovers around the world. I’m going tomorrow to the famous Tokyo Motor show and I will do my best to get some great shots for y’all !

Second day in the breathtaking Kyoto

Let the story of my second day in Kyoto start (since I finally got the photos of that day to my flickr).

The Visiting order for this day was the following:

1st. Ginkakuji (The Silver temple)
2nd. Heian Shrine (Huge Torii)
3rd. Nijojo Castle
4th. Tenryuji Temple
5th. Bamboo forest
6th. Togetsukyo (famous bridge)
7th. Kyoto Station area

You might think that we did not visit as many places as the first day but that is because the distances with the local buss took hours sadly. For me the main thing this day was that Bamboo forest ! Since few years ago I had a photo of a bamboo forest as my wallpaper and when I visited there I knew that the photo was taken there. I could not get any good photos taken there since I was kinda in a Shock of the beauty of the Bamboo.

I’m now uploading photos of my sony to flickr which has photos of pretty much all things we ate and more mix photos ! I hope you all like em !

So let’s start with the pictures of the beautiful Ginkaku-ji (Silver temple), the famous counterpart of the Kinkaku-ji (golden temple). The Actual Ginkaku-ji is not silver so don’t be shocked when you go there, it is actually just normal wood. The plan was in place to make it in silver like the Ginkaku was made in Gold but Shogun who was ruling that time died and the faction that was going to build it ran out of money but they still kept the name.

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My girlfriend taking photos of the beautiful temple.
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As you can see, it is exactly the same as the Golden temple except this is not made of Gold.
Got a love these money things in Kyoto, they are pretty much everywhere and full of coins.(I tried and missed)
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Students posing for photos at the Temple
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The beautiful Autumn colors continued in this day as well.
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I wanted to Visit the “famous” Heian shrine because of the huge Torii they had, I’m not sure but I think it is one of the biggest in the world.
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Isn’t it big !!
The main shrine was nice as well !
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Students taking photos of the shrine as well!
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Close to this Shrine was the famous Nijojo Castle (not actually a castle the real castle burned down a long time ago). It is a interesting place to visit but to be honest I was not that impressed with it. I was more impressed of the famous Pride fighter I saw there called Yoshida Hidehiko (wikipedia link), nice guy had a smoke with him.
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Autumn colors in Nijojo were amazing as well !
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After Nijojo we took a long buss trip to the famous Tenryu-ji Temple. It’s mostly famous of its beautiful garden and a huge dragon painting like you saw the from the first day. One bad thing about this place was that it was expensive and you can not take photos of the dragon, we went in there to see it anyway and it was beautiful ! .. bought a small post card hah.
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This is another dragon that they had there.
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Now we get to my favorite part !! BAMBOOOO !! (I have a feeling that I was a Japanese Samurai panda in my last life ?)
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Autumn colors and beautiful bamboo !
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We continued walking through the Bamboo forest and found our self in a park filled with autumn colors.
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After being lost for a while, my girlfriend realized that we were very close to a famous bridge that she wanted to see so we continued forward in the park until we found a river and walked to direction of the bridge.
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This is the bridge my girl wanted to see called Togetsukyo渡月橋 Togetsukyo bridge!
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After that we had dinner and walked around a bit and seeing the stores.
嵐山 Arashiyama shopping street
Geisha ?
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Got few nice evening photos as well !
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And we returned our Ryokan and shopped a bit around Kyoto station. I had to buy another memory card since my cards started to be a bit full at this point.

I will start uploading the photos from day three soonish but since I use a crappy Docomo internet it should take couple of days to upload them. but let’s hope it is fast.
I hope you all enjoyed my photos and visit my flickr to see much more beautiful photos from Kyoto and Tokyo.

Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

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Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

At this post I wanted to show you more photos from Halloween Disneyland and few more cosplay photos, of course you could see all of them in my flickr right now but anyway wanted to post some to my blog as well.

Here are few photos of the beautiful Castle !

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Now to the Halloween photos

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As you can see Disneyland Tokyo is now filled with Halloween type of decorations! I truly do recommend everyone to visit there even if you are not that much in to Disney.

Here are couple of photos more of Cosplay since I know you love it !
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If you want to see more, Visit my Flickr!! there is much more photos of cosplay and Disneyland Tokyo !

I’ll be going to DisneySea Tokyo in December so keep in touch !

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Disneyland Tokyo Halloween, 東京ディズニーランド ハロウィン

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Last tuesday I went to Disneyland to see the beautiful Halloween decorations and as a shock I noticed that the place was full of cosplayers as Halloween time you can come there in a cosplay and normally can’t.

Sorry that I haven’t updated for these last few days, been kinda busy with things and trying to upload 262 photos from Disneyland to my flickr with a slow internet that you get with NTT Docomo Xi.

But it seems finally the upload is getting done ( few more photos left) and I can post some photos here as well!

This time we got there in good time and got those fastpass things that let you go to the attractions without waiting in line so we got to go to many nice machines! got a love that “big thunder mountain” !

But enough with the small talk and down to the photos right 😀

Our delicious breakfast at Disneyland ! My girl had the mickey!
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And our lunch was

I had the mickey pizza and she had that other what ever it is 😀 both were delicious !
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Beautiful entrance to the MaGiCal Halloween land of Disney !

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And now some cosplay for y’all !
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More Cosplay photos from disneyland you can see at my flickr !
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I will write another blog post about the halloween in Disneyland tonight after I come back from costco.

A small update what I have been up to this week:

Wendsday: Was out shopping all over Tokyo

thursday: International Anime festival at Akihabara and shopping after that.

Friday: Walked from Monzen-nakacho to Tsukiji and took some videos and photos and from there to Ginza and then home to cook 😀

Saturday: My girl and I went to Asakusa in the morning and did some praying and shopping and from there we went to Mita station and from there we walked to Odaiba ( got some great photos). Had a delicious dinner at Odaiba with the view of the rainbow bridge and tokyo tower.

Sunday: so today now to Costco and patting center.

Disneyland Tokyo

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I’ll share few photos of my day in Disneyland Tokyo !

First of all I had no idea I was visiting to Disneyland, my girlfriend ( who I wasn’t dating at that time) asked me to meet her at monnaka station and she took me to Disneyland. She had the tickets ready and everything and I had no clue ! But it was a very happy surprise, since I loved it ! also we had our first kiss there!

Next time I’ll go to Japan I’m sure to visit here and and also in Disney Sea Tokyo. Of course will be taking much more amazing photos !
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Let the magical day begin !

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father & cute child having a nice day !

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After reading all of those warnings it made me a bit curious about this attraction but I loved it ! and wanted to go again but a very long queue 😀

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Was perfect Easter time when we were there so the place was filled with eggs 😀

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Vending machines of Tokyo Disneyland !

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See more photos from this day at my Flickr !