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.
青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori
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 ! )
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青森での最後の日 Last day in Aomori

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

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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 🙂

Mystery box came to our house!

We were relaxing watching tv and playing with the ipads and ipods and suddenly the door bell rang and my girl went to open it and there was this huge-ish box and we were like what is it ! She yelled “ari come here this is heavy” and I carried it to the living room and my when my girl saw it she knew what they were.

I was still wondering what could it be and my girl did not tell me, she started to open it and then I saw what it was!!!
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A LOT OF APPLES AND PEARS FROM AOMORI where her family is from.
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looked like there was no end to them !

Looks like this and next weeks food will be something made with apples and pears. Apple pie anyone ??? apple juice ??? apple jam ??? ! come to our house free-ish apples!