Before leaving Japan I thought about buying a cast iron tea pot to bring home as souvenir. I ended up bringing more that that from my short trip to Morioka
On the first dawn of 2015 we went to Matsushima to see the Sun rising in the horizon. The white snow made it even more perfect.
For our last day of 2014 we wanted to visit somewhere we had never seen before, so we took a train to Niigata city to view the Japan Sea.
Kakunodate is a small town in Akita prefecture established in the sixteen hundreds as a castle town. Although there is no longer a castle on the top of the hill, the town is still visited for its samurai district.
In November as the snow began to fall, we went for a visit to Hirosaki. We explored the castle and even went apple picking in the nearby Ringo park.
Tohoku has great local traditions and foods, one of them is Imonikai. For this local tradition the whole team gathered at the river side for some Nabe.
Our Sunday trip was a short stop at the Ishinomaki city in the Sanriku coast, one of the cities affected in 2011 by the tsunami.
I was happy to find a place on the way to recovery and a lively city much thanks to its incredible people.