This was Sendai's best sake and the teriyaki mochi wrapped in seaweed was really tasty. Lot's of snow capped mountains:
I noticed that toilet paper was amply provided on the train:
In some parts of the world, especially the USA, these would tend to disappear.
SUICA card to get on subways.
JR worked to Aomori. JR would not get me from Shin-Osaka to the St. Regis in Osaka. Tokyo and Kyoto don't have shin stations.
The JAL City Hotel where I'm staying is a ten minute walk from the station and is located nearby Aomori Port:
Aomori means either blue or green forest. Among the notable bits of info:
- Settlers in this area date back to 5500 BC.
- The colonization of Hokkaido began here in 1872 to ferry people to Hakodate on Hokkaido.
- On June 28, 1945, 88% of the city was destroyed by American bombers.
- Interestingly enough, Aomori's greatest snowfall that year of 82 inches is higher than Sapporo's 1939 record of 65 inches.
- Aomori is the only prefectural capital without a national university. The best of this region is located in Hirosaki.
- Baseball pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is from Aomori
- The population is close to 300,000.
$25 each in China, that is prized. Here is a $10 version to the right. Aomori provides 90% of all apple exports from Japan. The Fuji Apple was developed at the Tohoku Research Station (TRS), and is a cross between two American apples: the Red Delicious and old Virginia Ralis Genet. It's named for the town of Fujisaki, where TRS is located, not Mount Fuji. With refrigeration, Fuji Apples can be kept for a full year.
I then went on to acquire my dinner to eat in my room:
I'm having beer, sake, apple cider, a cold noodle (soba--buckwheat) and hot noodle (beef soup). All this cost $11, but I chose not to drink the sake. I'll save that for my upcoming hanami. Too early in Aomori for the Sakura, so tomorrow I'm off to Hirosaki where it is blooming.