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We went to the train station about 20 minutes early. We had to get some lunch for the long trip to Aomori. We will transfer to another train to go to Hakodate in Hokkaido. The sky was still blue when we walked to the station but for those who left it just a few minutes later, the heavens had opened up. Takako was a bit drenched when she arrived.
It will take about 5 hours to get there from Akita. We will follow the northern coastline. The ...
... retail store carried literally thousands of them displayed for as far as the eye could see. We came close to buying one shaped like a Faberge egg, but the words "dust-collector" came to mind, so it was not to be.
Now, we find ourselves in Tokyo with a myriad of choices for how we will spend our 5 days here. So much to see, so much to do, so little energy. But, we'll do our best, and you'll read about it in our next blog ...
... down, we get ourselves a good viewpoint to see the city light up. From here we can see our ship and with the aid of binoculars we can see the movie on the big screen on deck 14! The buses start coming. I stopped counting at 30 buses. That's a lot of people especially if they all have to come down in the cable car. We get our fabulous night shots and decide to get down the mountain before the rush. As it was we were jammed into the carriage like ...
After the impressive Nebuta festival we made a tour to the museum and the fish market which is located in the ground floor of a departement store in Aomori.
We saw impressive loads of seefood, rogues, fish, shells, and things we don't know what they are. You could even eat there, but we have had breakfast at the hotel
... in low cloud all day and it has been very windy. I got a good day, and night, to go up.
Spent Tuesday wandering the city. Hakodate was one of Japans first ports to open itself to international trade (about 1854 ) and there is quite a bit of international influence in some of the older buildings (the ones that didn't get destroyed in the 1907 fire). Nothing spectacular but interesting. ( old English Consulate building, Old Public ...