There are so many hidden treasures nestled away in the quieter, less traveled places of Aomori that I imagine you could live here your entire life and just so happen to miss one of those places en route to someplace else. I can't speak for all those places we past in-between, but Kuroishi is no longer one of those places for me. I joined my junior high school Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs) and a gaggle of students' parents on a field trip there to make hashi today. Here's a look at the day's travelogue.
|Sukayu Onsen nestled away in the hills of Mt. Hakkoda. We made a brief stopover here for a bathroom break and to consider buying sugared treats in the shape of a penis. I'm not kidding. I didn't buy it. (Actually, the place did sell a lot of snacks and other healthy treats, but I had to mention this one. I mean, really?!)|
|"Japanese woodcarver dude" (we found working at the Kuroishi visitor's center). That pretty much says it.|
|Let's eat! I snapped this shot as we all sat down to eat on the ground's banquet hall.|
|A kindly old couple whom I met while enjoying the natural hot spring heated foot bath. Yokatta!|
|After the foot bath, I saw a horse drawn carriage and went to greet the pony pulling it. Sutekina boushi ne! The pony's name was Miu.|
|Here the whole gang (minus Tanosaki-sensei, who took the picture) gets ready to load up for the ride home.|
|Towering over the plain, Aomori's own "Tsugaru Fuji" lingers in the distance, touching the clouds—a fitting end to a heavenly day!|