Finland, Lahti Ski Games

Hellooo,

This is a post about a job I had a week ago. I was working as an attaché for the team of Japan in the world famous ski competition in my city.

Lahti ski games (Salpausselän kisat)
Is a yearly international winter sport event. It lasts about 3 days and there are three different sports that include cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined.
I’m not that much in to winter sports so I did not know pretty much anything about the event but I learned a lot while working there. The second day of the competition everyone always gather there to see the beautiful fireworks that they have.

There were three different attachés for the team of Japan and since the team was competing in all three events we decided that each attaché was in charge of each sport ( I was the attaché for the ski jump team)

This was my team (I can promise that they are not happy that I post their photos here but let’s hope that they don’t read my blog)
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I had my small sony with my so I got some nice shots here and there, technically I was not allowed to take photos but well my boss didn’t know about that I did.

these are the main ski jumps of Lahti and where the competition is held. Sadly that weekend it was so windy that the athletes had to jump from the second biggest ski jump.
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Most of the time we were standing outside cheering our teams and being there just in case if they needed us for anything or sitting in our office and watching tv heh.
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You can see how busy I am from this photo
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Or not 😀

We did get free food tho and I have to say that it was not bad at all.
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Some outside photos 😀
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In this photo you can see many of the Attachés who worked there and some other people. (if you can find me I give you a cookie or two ! . The white bear? is like a mascot of the event .. I think 😀 There was a small girl inside.
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One of the most famous Japanese athletes at the event was Noriaki “Kamikaze” Kasai. Very nice guy I talked with him couple times in Japanese of course. Got a love his nick name “kamikaze” hehe 😀
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Next week I’ll tell you more specific info about my next flights to Japan and other info 😀 one thing I can promise, much much more photos ! 😀

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.
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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.
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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.
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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 😀
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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 🙂
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my bag fit just and just to the luggage area 😀
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Is it just me that inside the Shinkansen (bullet train) it looks like inside an airplane but with more leg space.
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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 !
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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
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