青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori

And so the last day started in our wonderful trip in Aomori and we visited some beautiful shrines, ate tasty ramen and then finally we went to the shinkansen station to catch our bullet train back to Tokyo!

Like I said the day started with beautiful shrines we visited. The weather was again horrible so I could not use my nikon but I did get some good photos with my sony.

As breakfast/Lunch we ate ramen ! (you get the pattern right)

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The shrines we visited were very beautiful as you will see in my photos! very slippery tho, many people including me fell down in the stairs and hill.
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Very “wet” weather as well, luckily my new shoes did manage to keep the water out somehow.
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When we were visiting the shrines I noticed that there was food stands like other Japanese events 😀
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This big shrine was beautiful even tho it was snowing more then ever !
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People were burning the old fortunes and talismans like in the other shrine photos.
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori

I also took a video or two here and I will upload them to you tube later today 🙂
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Here we were buying our fortunes for the new year. It costs 100 yen everywhere in Japan and in some places it is in english and in Japanese but in most places only in Japanese.
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
My girlfriend got fortune that was neutral (not bad not good) so she put it to those strings and it will give you better fortune.
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
I got the best fortune so I did not have to put it there, I put it in to my wallet and it will stay there until next year when I take it there and burn it.

I ate one of these things at that shrine, pancake and in the middle was sweetbeans 😀
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori

Then we returned home and finished packing and took off to the Shin-Aomori station (Shinkansen station). It was just remade and it looked awesome !
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Those photos were taken in the souvenir area.
These are taken inside the gates.
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My girl searching for the best Bentou (packed food) to take with her to the train since it does take about 3-4 hours to Tokyo from Aomori.
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Some mix photos
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Panorama photo inside gates 😀
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And here are photos of the shinkansen trip from North Japan, Aomori to Tokyo. We made a stop in Sendai too and it looked fine to me heh 🙂
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
my bag fit just and just to the luggage area 😀
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
Is it just me that inside the Shinkansen (bullet train) it looks like inside an airplane but with more leg space.
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
Soon as we sat down we put the portable wifi on and started playing our favorite game called Dragon vale (apple device game). Sadly the battery lasted about 10 minutes since I forgot to recharge it 😀
a bit messy this part 😀
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Panorama inside the train!
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This is my girls bentou that she ate ! looks good to me !
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori

When we arrived back to Tokyo, both of us were relieved to be back and sooo happy for many reasons ( you will see soon our happy faces)
Back in Tokyo babyy!

Here is my beautiful girl smiling happily and a bit tired from the trip back !
Back in Tokyo babyy!
and here is me !
Back in Tokyo babyy!
First thing we did when we arrived back was a smoke in the Tokyo station smoking area, one of the best smokes of a life time !
Here we are going back home with the luggage
Back in Tokyo babyy!

Thank you for reading about my trip in Aomori (it’s not over yet ! uploading videos in a sec ! )
I hope you liked the photos and place visit my page again ! If you like this last photo “Like” my facebook page “Photographer Ari Helminen
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori

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ちび..。ラメンとおにぎり 

These photos I took on that same day we went to the lake Towada but these I took with my sony. I was going to put these on the same post but kinda forgot about these photos.

We ate ramen this day like pretty much everyday we did ! Our lovely routine in Aomori was a delicious ramen and Onsen (I personally wished that everyday could be like that).

I like to sit on tatami in the restaurants I go in Japan!
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The ramen was delicious!
I had a extra meat ramen
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and my girl had miso ramen
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In the evening I took couple of shots in the store.
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Couple of Cute photos of my girlfriends family cat called Chibi (which means small)
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I’m sorry for posting so much today, in the mood I guess and I want to get the photos from Aomori done already so I can get back up to date!

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おにぎり Onigiri

Thank you for reading my blog !

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 🙂
弘前城、青森 Hirosaki Castle

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.
弘前市 Hirosaki City
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 🙂

New years in Japan!

おはようございます!

Okay this post is kinda late but still I know you’ll love it !

The photos in this post will be from the days between 30th to first of January I hope you enjoy them.

If you were reading my blog when I was in Aomori you should have seen this beautiful cat called Chibi.
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She looks so cute when she is sleepy!
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Close up photo !
Happy new year from Chibi

The convenience stores were very intelligent to make this glass box in front of their main door so snow would not be coming in. Also the parking lots were full of hot water all day so it would not freeze.

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Took some photos at the New years table for you so you can see what a normal Japanese new years food is. Warning you will get hungry when seeing the food!
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Deeeeelicious ! Would you like to eat any of this ?
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I have to say that there was a lot of food! the 31st we started eating about 3-4pm and ended the evening at 2am and the party continued for the next few days.
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If you have any questions of what is what just ask 😀
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I also took some photos at the store of the different dishes, you can see that they are not that expensive either.
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Check how cheap coca cola is in north Japan.
New years in Hirosaki,Aomori
… 138yen for 1,5L bottle
New years in Hirosaki,Aomori
If you are in Japan or going to Japan I’d recommend you to try this ice cream, you can find it pretty much everywhere!
New years in Hirosaki,Aomori

Since my girlfriends old room did not have a working tv, so I was watching tv through her phone!
New years in Hirosaki,Aomori
ps. that is a great tv show with Takeshi Kitano.

Now you are wondering why I haven’t taken much photos with my Nikon, well it was snowing quite a bit!
Snowing in Hirosaki

青森 弘前 fun time in Hirosaki

こんばんわ!

I hope you like reading my blog and thank you again.

Let’s continue the story of our trip in Aomori.

One morning my girlfriends mother took us to the nearest train station and we took the first train to the center of Hirosaki city, the train itself was pretty much like every other train in Japan since it was JR train.

The size of the station of course was small compared to the huge stations in Tokyo.

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I love that in Aomori and especially in hirosaki you can see Apples everywhere like here on top of the mailbox.
弘前 青森 In Hirosaki

Poor vending machine was full of snow as well. One thing that surprised me about some Vending machines there was that you could use Suica!
弘前 青森 In Hirosaki

One of those days we had a quick meal in gasto since it was the only good place we could find where we were walking around.
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Also had a quick sweet time in Baskin Robins as well !
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This thing is a bit shocking ! took this in the mall at Hirosaki, this is the alarm for bags so I would beg you not to steal one since you will get caught 😀 All the bags had one !
弘前 青森 In Hirosaki

People in Aomori loves ramen (but then again so does most of Japan) so of course my girlfriends mother does well so pretty much everyday we ate ramen and I had no problem with that since I love ramen. The ramen in Aomori is a bit different compared to the normal ramen you get in Tokyo, I liked the Aomori ramen a lot.
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Like I said Aomori is famous for it’s delicious apples, in Tokyo the apples brought from Aomori are pretty expensive but of course in Aomori you could buy them in normal price.

(I personally love them, if you remember who followed my blog that my girls mother send us a big box full of apples earlier and I ate many of them)
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This dog is very famous in Aomori and pretty famous in Japan in general called Wasao. Aomori was filled with different candies,cookies and dog food with his name and photo.
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We happened to stop by a shop that was on the coast of sea of Japan and there was a lot of cute cats like this one outside.
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We went to our usual shop called Happy drug (funny name hehe) to by some groceries and I noticed something that it was super cheap so I took couple of photos.
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I’m a fan of Mana-chan, she is a famous girl now in Japan and I am following her career a bit as well. You can see her all over these days like here.
弘前 青森 Trip to Aomori
弘前 青森 Trip to Aomori

This a pretty handy thing they invented in Japan. great for old people and so on 😀
弘前 青森 Trip to Aomori

Thank you for reading ! I’ll be posting again soon !

My trip to Aomori Hirosaki, 青森 弘前

Helloooooooo to you all !

First of all sorry that I haven’t been posting anything for a while, been kinda busy with the begin of the new year and a lot of new things has happened in my life that you will find out soon in the posts that I write !

This post is about our trip to North Japan to an area called Aomori and to be more exact to a town called Hirosaki where we spent our new years in my girlfriends parrents house.

We went to Aomori for 26 to 3rd of january. We were thinking first how to go there that would not be too expensive but still would be interesting so we decided to go by buss and come back by shinkansen (bullet train).

From Tokyo to Aomori
So Our bags were packed and we were ready to go so we started our journey by taking the Tozai line to Otemachi.

My girlfriend and I were ready to go 😀 pre train photos !
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We found the right exit fast and we got there a bit early so we were waiting for our buss.

From Tokyo to Aomori

Our buss itself was quite normal except for couple of things like they gave us free pillow and eye thing to sleep with and blankets too but of course the blankets we could not take with us, also the leg space was perfect even for kinda tall gaijin like me !

From Tokyo to Aomori

a lot of space
From Tokyo to Aomori

Also free slippers
From Tokyo to Aomori

that pillow was great I might add
From Tokyo to Aomori

and the blanket of course
From Tokyo to Aomori

Was watching a bit Simpsons before the lights were turned off
From Tokyo to Aomori

Our first High way stop was in Kamikawachi (上河内) which is in Tochigi. We went out for a quick smoke and to see what was in that building. I myself love those highway stops since there are always lots of interesting things.
From Tokyo to Aomori
It was suprisingly cold there compared to Tokyo.
Did find something interesting there tho ! Strawberry kitkat!
From Tokyo to Aomori

We had couple of other stops as well in the night but we were sleeping so we didn’t go out to see them.

Next stop we went out was at the early morning at Iwatesan (which has a big mountain called Iwate if I am not mistaken)

Now that we went out we saw something different ! SNOW ! heh it’s interesting to go in that since you leave from Tokyo that had no snow what so ever and then after couple of hours in a buss and everywhere is covered in snow.
From Tokyo to Aomori
From Tokyo to Aomori
Was a nice place to shop, got some little things for myself as well.

My girlfriend posing infront of our buss while our drivers are smoking in the background 😀
From Tokyo to Aomori

And so the Early morning of 27th we arrived to Hirosaki station and my girlfriends father took us to their house to relax for a while before we went out shopping.
From Tokyo to Aomori
first thing I noticed was that there was much more snow then in Finland at winter.

Aomori and Hirosaki are famous for apples so of course Hirosaki station had a huge apple
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Went to a small fish market with my girlfriend and her mom.
Fish market in Hirosaki

Oh and by the way I saw something that you don’t normally see in Tokyo
Whale meat!

To be honest I don’t see what the big fuss is about but still had to take couple of photos since it was the first time for me to see it in a store 😀
Whale meat!Whale meat!

But so our trip to Aomori started and the week in northen Japan began.

More soon to come…!
Check out my you tube channel since I am now uploading new videos from Japan there ! http://www.youtube.com/user/aginar

ps. Be happy with Happy drug! straight from Aomori babyyy !
happy drug , best shop in aomori

First morning of 2012 with charo ちゃろ!

Morning has started well, soon we will visit few different shrines and then take a dip to a relaxing onsen.

Onsen (public bath) is very cheap here from 300¥ to 550¥!

After that we will return here to my girlfriends grandmas house and eat and drink more I think and stay the night here again and tomorrow we will go back to my girlfriends house and then the 3rd we will head back to the beautiful Tokyo!

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