First Sights of Aomori 青森の最初に見た景色

I am BACK IN JAPAN!!! I’ve been here now for about 3 weeks. And it’s been so great so far! Never been happier! No snow yet, but I’m sure there will be plenty of that soon enough! I thought I would just share some of my first sights of Hirosaki with you.


Landing in Haneda Airport! Of course, this isn’t Hirosaki yet, but nothing makes me feel like I’m back in Japan than those first sights out the window and inside the airport. It’s only been a year, and yet it felt like it had been quite a while!


The closest store to my apartment is arguably the best / worst named store I’ve ever seen! Happy Drug! Not sure what they put in their medicine, heh heh… Actually, it’s where I buy my milk. Maybe that’s the REAL reason I’ve never been happier! ; )


One of the biggest attractions in Hirosaki is Hirosaki Castle! It is a beautiful park, and supposedly Hirosaki has the most beautiful cherry blossoms in Japan, and honestly, they’re pretty nice to look at and walk through even when it’s not Spring.


Oh, and here’s Hirosaki’s mascot. Japanese city mascots try to embody all of the city’s main attractions and be cute at the same time : )



About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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3 Responses to First Sights of Aomori 青森の最初に見た景色

  1. Ricky.N says:


  2. Toni P. says:

    Hi, Stephen! I’ve been following your blog since 2014, and I realized recently that I never left a comment to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading about your travels to Japan. Your open and sincere reflections are refreshing to read, and your connections between Japan and Jesus are beautiful. It has always been a dream of mine to travel to Japan, and reading about your adventures over the last few years has inspired me to begin working toward the goal of traveling there as well. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, and I look forward to reading about where your journey takes you next! God bless. 🙂

    • Stephen says:

      Hey Toni! Thank you so much for the encouragement! Actually, it’s a great confirmation to me, as I have been gearing up to start a new blog that is focused specifically on finding the connections between Jesus and Japan! This is my passion! I will go ahead and announce it on this blog so you’ll be able to easily find it! God bless you bro, and Merry Christmas! : )

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