Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Cherry Blossoms of Hirosaki
I'm sure a million pictures are taken from this spot every year by tourists and photographers.
We left Itayanagi around 7:30 in the morning and bought breakfast on the way to Hirosaki. At the castle park, we found a nice spot around cherry blossoms and ate crackers with cheese and fruit. We were the only people having a picnic early in the morning at the park, so some people walking by might have thought that we were strange, but we didn't mind. We had a nice time. After eating, we took a walk through the park.
Since we were so early in the morning, there were hardly any people. If we came a little later in the day or at night, this place would have been packed with people. Coming early made our walk easier.
The hidden castle that actually only is a watchtower.
Naomi and I doing the undefined back-peace-sign(I don't know what it means. Maybe nothing. Any ideas?) in front of Hirosaki Castle(弘前城）.
Near the end of our walk we stooped by some swings in the park. My Mom took this pictures of me jumping of the swing. This day was the only time my family went to Hirosaki's Cherry Blossom Festival this year. The flowers were in full bloom and there was only a few people so it was very enjoyable.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Cherry Blossoms of Itayanagi
One day, My Mom and Dad decided that all of us should go to the park in town for lunch. We all sat under a tree and had lunch. After eating we took a picture sitting on a low branch.
It's a great park with a Basketball court. I often come here to play.
Mt. Iwaki with the cherry blossoms and a ray of sunlight. Tsugaru Church（つがる福音キリスト教会） building with the cherry blossoms.
This is a picture of the flower pedals that fell on the ground. It kind of looks like snow. The cherry blossoms are pretty, but they don't last for long.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Snowboarding in Hakkoda
The beautiful mountain at the top of the rope way.
Chilling at the top me
John ripping the slopes
Naomi making her way down.
I couldn't get Beat in action, he was to fast.
To get a feel of snowboarding in Hakkoda check out this video.
Aaron on the slopes winding my way down Mount Hakkoda.
John put this on youtube.
Mt. Iwaki looked AWESOME from Mt. Hakkoda.
It looked AWESOMER later on in the day.
'Twas nice being on Mt. Hakkoda again.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
On Sunday the 16th of March, we decorated the church with palm branches. Remembering Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey while people shouted "Hosanna" and swinging palm branches in the air. There was palm branches above the church entryway, in front of every window in the sanctuary and on the cross. It was pretty cool. Naomi and I were asked to decorate the front entrance of the church to make it look like we're having a celebration, so we got some streamers and balloons and did some decorating. It came out pretty good. We left the decorations up for a week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It was nice. People walking by on the street must have wondered what the church was doing.
Even I got to go search. It was fun. I got three.