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Shogatsu: Japanese New Year’s Day

After the busy time in December (cleaning, cooking, writing New Year cards) and then finally celebrating New Year’s Eve (Omisoka), what’s happening next? The first day of January is the most important holiday of the...

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Omisoka: Japanese New Year’s Eve

Around this time of the year Japanese people are busy with various things. Christmas is not what keeps them busy, but the two most important days in Japan: Omisoka (Japanese New Year’s Eve) and Shogatsu (Japanese New...

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Morioka Castle Site Park

After the typhoon hit almost all of Japan the weather never got better and more than half of my vacation it had pretty bad weather. Luckily the last day was different with blue sky and sunshine! It was a very long day for me that...

Travel

Hakodate City in Hokkaido

Hakodate City offers a diverse range of attractions besides the famous star-shaped fort Goryokaku, Mt. Hakodate and the famous Morning Market. Today I want to introduce a few of those various spots of interest to you. Visited:...

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Hakodate Morning Market

While my personal highlight of Hakodate was the star-shaped Goryokaku Fort, Hakodate has to offer many other things as well. Mt. Hakodate has an awesome night view and there’s also the famous Hakodate Morning Market near...

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Mount Hakodate in Hokkaido

When you’re in Hakodate (Hokkaido) then Mt. Hakodate with its awesome night view is without a doubt a highlight besides the star-shaped Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Morning Market. Visited: May 5th and 6th 2012 Getting...

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Goryokaku Fort in Hakodate

This was part of my Golden Week vacation 2012. After visiting Matsumae Castle, I enjoyed the great night view from Mt. Hakodate. A day later I decided to visit Goryokaku Fort. Visited: May 7th 2012 Goryokaku Tower is the first...

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Matsumae Castle in Hokkaido

After leaving Aomori Prefecture I entered Hokkaido and thus left the Tohoku Region for a few days. Hokkaido is geographically the largest prefecture in Japan! I stayed only at the Western tip which was still very close to Tohoku...

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Hirosaki Neputa Village

After visiting Aomori City in the morning and then the Hirosaki Castle Park in the early afternoon my last stop of the day was the Hirosaki Neputa Village aka Tsugaru-han Neputa Village (津軽藩ねぷた村) which is right next to the...