Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Cherry Blossoms of Hirosaki

These are some pics taken at Hirosaki Park one morning around 8:00 AM.

The cherry blossoms on both sides of Hirosaki Castle's mote.
I'm sure a million pictures are taken from this spot every year by tourists and photographers.

I thought this tree was interesting looking.
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

On this post I put some pictures of cherry blossoms I saw in Itayanagi this year.
The cherry blossoms ready to burst into blooming.
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.
I used my terrific tree climbing skills and climbed a tree.
Some people from church on a Sunday afternoon
It's a great park with a Basketball court. I often come here to play.
This picture is my favorite one.
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

On March 22nd, a Saturday, John Orme(from N. Ireland), Beat(Short-term worker from Switerland), Naomi(my sister) and I went Snowboarding in Hakkoda. I really like going to Hakkoda because you get to snowboard in nature, around trees.It was a really hot day. We could have literally snowboarded in our t-shirts.

The beautiful mountain at the top of the rope way.

Beat, John and Naomi at the top of the mountain with Mt. Iwaki on the left.
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.

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