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 on: 23 May 2019, 12:47:57 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The view from that isolated temple is stunning. 欲窮千里目,更上一層樓

We can see the city view of the area (2nd picture), the lower right hand side of the picture is the train station that we started our walk.

The third picture shows the temple we passed through during our walk uphill.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:43:21 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Along the walkway we saw a lot of temple, shrine built from somewhere. Its architecture and structure are really interesting. At last we reached the temple at the top (2nd pic)

The other end has an isolated temple, which made me think of the three tower in San Marino.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:38:40 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
But the challenge was the uphill walk. You have to pay for entering the path. Along the path we can visit different temples and some structures.

The first picture is the entrance. Then walked up. The third picture is some wall crafting on the hill. There is a saying that if you can put a coin on the wall there, it will bring you luck. So we have the forth picture.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:33:07 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Before we checked in the hotel, we went to Yamadera 山寺. Yamadera in fact is a collective name of a group of temples. These temple are built along a hill side slope. From the foot hill up, you need to walk more than 1000 steps to the top of the hill.

The lower level has already had a few temple, and some statues too.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:26:39 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
That ended our tour in Aomori. Our next stop is Yamagata 山形. Before that we stopped at Sendai 仙台 to have the Ox tongue and some local specialty food.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:22:02 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
Each of them has a different story to tell. The making of these lanterns is like what we have in the lantern for Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in the old days.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:16:04 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
The entrance has a small model of the lantern. Then a corridor showing the winner of every year and the name of the maker, the story of the lantern etc. Most of the lantern comes with a story, mostly Chinese story too. The themes of the stories are like those in The Three Kingdom, some ghost story, etc.

Then we entered the exhibition hall and we are all stunned by the size and craftmanship of the lantern.

The last picture shows the size of the lantern. Do you see the people on the right hand side?

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:11:10 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
We were back to Aomori in the afternoon and went to the 睡魔之家 WARASSE. Nebuda is a ceremony held in the first week of August every year. People make a large lantern, so large that it needs tens of people to carry, and carry it for parade. The best one will be choosen as a competition. This Warasse is an exhibition center for this ceremony and it also displays the winner of every year. The entrance is modern and looks like the Chinese opera center in Hong Kong.

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:05:39 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
This picture explains why I cannot take a picture with train through sakura tunnel. This is the platform of the train station. We bought the ticket and waited for the train back home and thought that we can walk to the end of the platform to take the picture when the train arrived.

However, the conductor caught me and took me back to the place for waiting the train and he did not allow the passengers to the end of the platform. Then I found out that you have to buy a separate ticket for taking picture at that spot. A non-passenger can buy a ticket for photo shooting only.......WTF

 on: 23 May 2019, 12:01:43 
Started by hangchoi - Last post by hangchoi
There is a statue for Dazai Osamu 太宰治, a famous novelist in Japan. He was born in this province. There is a museum somewhere near the park.

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