Friday, May 23, 2014

2014 Golden Week: Day 2

Hirosaki, Aomori

It's Sakura Festival Week in Hirosaki, Aomori.
Since all the other (known) prefectures sakura had already bloomed and fall weeks ago, it's nice knowing that I can get my sakura revenge while it was still blooming all over in Hirosaki!

And I meant it, sakura all over!
Damn, so beautiful, that it made me cry (apparently in my head, though).

while walking in the city, a Beni Shidare Sakura
beni = crimson
shidare = sweeping

again, throughout the city, sakura in blossom!
Just not a sunny day though.

Before entering the Hirosaki Garden, walking down the road circling the garden with sakura!

The sakura was so full that even the small stream turned pink with the petals!

Never thought that I would see the day where everywhere in an extremely wide space, sakura blossom all over!

Oh yeah, because Aomori is also famous for apples, me and M enter every cafes for the best apple pies!
Fujita Memorial Garden, which served an amazing size of apple pie.
Both are apple pies, one with chocolate filling, and the other was a bitter apple pie, using the apples from Aomori. It was so good. 

The signboard next to Aomori Tourist Centre, apple pies!!!!
At Nebuta village, making senbei with peanuts filling. I ate while it was still warm, and taste delicious. Warm, soft yet crunchy senbei!

We went on for sakura viewing until 7 p.m, wanting to view sakura in the night sky. The soft colored petals of sakura in the day time turns vividly red in the night. 
Just after the sun set, and several lanterns were lighted up. 

No wonder the sakura in night time seemed like a haunted yet beckoning us to come spirit.

The sakura viewing experience in Aomori was indeed a breath taking experience. To see everywhere in white and pink was again telling me to take time and enjoy the purity of life, and to do your best!

Till then,
Ha Hu Hi

Saturday, May 3, 2014

2014 Golden Week Trip Day 1

Day 1 starts off with waiting a friend of mine, M who was coming from Nagoya in Tokyo. We agreed to meet up in Akiba since both of us wanted to eat halal dinner, and decided to eat kebab in Akihabara at 7.30 p.m.

The bus to Shichi-no-he Towada (七戸十和田駅) departs at 9.30 p.m from Tokyo station. The gist of the route is just like this.

We arrived in Shichi-no-he the next morning at around 8.30 a.m.

Since both of us haven't planned anything yet, we decided to plan our trip at the station and also refreshed ourselves while charging our empty stomachs and phones.

It was outrageous since our planning took 2 hours before we decided on our first activity on the first day, which was visiting the museum in Towada. Yet, we didn't proceed as planned. That was all because we found out that to go to the Honshu northernmost site takes 3 hours drive from the station. So, our first day ended up going to the northernmost site of Honshu, which is Omazaki(大間崎) in Shimo-kita hantou(下北半島).

We arrived in Omazaki at around 1.30 p.m and my, it was so cold! It was already summer in Tokyo yet, it was so cold here in Omazaki. I didn't even brought my winter coat, thinking it may be not that cold at all.

The drive to Omazaki was amazing. The north of Honshu is just beginning to embrace spring, and the sakura was blooming all along the road. It was such a calming view and the drive had been such a joy that all my fatigue and sleepiness flew away! (M could not drive, so M the one who took the photos while I drove all the 6 hours, while sleep-deprived)

And it's the sea! It's been a long time since I'd been to a seaside, and wow! Didn't I miss the sea so much!

The sea breeze, the salty air, the fish smell all over! And it was so cold!!!! Hokkaido can be sighted from the Omazaki cape, making me wanting to go cross over the sea.

My lunch was Maguro, fresh from the sea!

That was the trip from the first day. I drove back to the station just in time for our lodgings in Aomori city.

Until then,

Ha Hu Hi.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Golden Week 2014 Trip Overview

This is just an overview, since it had been a year I post.
To start with, congratulations to all who had started working since April last year, Man, such a long time ago we were just students of jeans and shirts, and now, pants and white shirts (never forget the neckties), crashing the clock from 9 a.m to 6 p.m meeting with clients, drafting schedules, drawing designs and so on. So, as a reward for myself, I went to a trip to the northernmost of Honshuu, Aomori Prefecture.

The trip takes me from Monday night to Friday evening. I just came back home this morning to be precise.

This will be post according to the dates of trip.

Until then,

Ha Hu Hi