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Farewell to Aomori 青森 ...

May 6, 2018

 

The following morning, I got up about 430 and went to soak in the onsen; I was surprised to see so many other women were using the bath that early in the morning, as usually it is deserted. The onsen at my hotel had fantastic Nebuta-themed shoji lamps IN the bath (sorry, no photos!). I had to go very early as I had a taxi booked for 615, and still had to make breakfast at six. My goal was to be on the 635 train back to Shin-Aomori, where I would then transfer to the bullet train to Tokyo, and then catch the limited express back to Yokosuka.

 

 

 

 

When I had arrived in Hirosaki on Saturday, I had checked my three bags of souvenirs that I had purchased in Oirase and Aomori (in Japan, it is compulsory to bring back souvenirs, usually food items, for coworkers and friends). Trying to handle so many bags in addition to my carry-on suitcase, camera bag, and tripod, gave the locals ample entertainment Monday morning...

 

 

 

I made my train as planned and caught the bullet train back to Tokyo station. The trip home took about six hours total. I came back with thousands of photos, great souvenirs, and many wonderful memories… I am already planning my return trip next summer and have submitted an article about my adventures to Stars and Stripes Japan. I hope other Americans living here discover the charms of beautiful Aomori!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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