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  • good morning and welcome to a very snowy iwate  prefecture i'm joined by my friend norm today  

  • because norm wanted to come out here to the middle  of nowhere in the countryside to experience some  

  • snow because it's pretty rare down in southern  japan you don't see snow very much in tokyo  

  • but up here in the north we get it every day for  months in the winter we're going to go on a little  

  • snowy adventure today i've brought us out to  hidayzumi which is a very historically important  

  • area of iwate and there was lots of power here so  because the city is so important it's been really  

  • well preserved and it's just beautiful it's quite  a small area but it's gorgeous so i hope you guys  

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  • down below so do check those out but on to the  exciting temple which we have figured out it's  

  • a temple it's not a shrine flashback right now  we're looking up this is a buddhist temple but  

  • there's a shrine gate right there a tory gate  and we're trying to figure out why this guy is

  • had no idea just learned something new  yeah that's really awesome and a flashback

  • we are here what do you think i was  trying to catch snowflakes with my tongue  

  • i am norm's way too excited we get snow maybe once  a year in tokyo and this year we kind of didn't  

  • it was yeah we understated and at night and  this is beautiful it is very nice i have to  

  • say it has been snowing non-stop for months  up here in iwate but this is really beautiful  

  • the temples look extra pretty in  the snow i'm not gonna lie so i'm  

  • happy i could bring you guys out here and  show it to you but this is takokuno iwaya  

  • it's a very cool buddhist temple that's built  into the side of a cliff how awesome is that  

  • there's a really nice lake here uh i was last  here in the summer pond small lake ocean here  

  • there's usually fish in here i hope they're not  in here anymore that would be very sad do they  

  • hibernate under the water i have always wondered  what happens to all the koi that are out in these  

  • ponds do they like in the winter scoop them outreally hope so is there a koi scoop are they just  

  • frozen in time until it melts maybe on the way  out i can ask the guy that too that's a good idea  

  • the guy was really nice yeah this is so cool and  nobody else is here we've got it all to ourselves  

  • probably one of my favorite things about coming  up to northern japan is that you can come out  

  • to places like this and there's almost always no  one it's so true even in the summer when it was  

  • like really nice weather there was nobody here  uh do you want to go inside i do okay let's go

  • to be happy there's no hornets when i came here  in the summer this is where they attacked me

  • pretty nice eh i'm just excited about the snow  more than it's actually a really nice contrast  

  • of you got the open field got the houses  here the forest the mountain this probably  

  • changes a lot season by season it does it's  so pretty in the fall with the golden rice  

  • fields that looks like it's probably a sakura  tree definitely is we should come back in the

  • spring

  • pretty cool eh it is where do you want to go next  are you hungry this town is actually famous for  

  • mochi do you like kochi mochi's fantastic and they  have this style of serving it that i've never seen  

  • anywhere else in japan but okay yeah i'll just say  that leave it as a surprise but i hope you like it

  • okay that's pretty cool they're alive they're  alive and they dig their way into the dirt  

  • they're just waiting there learning new things  every day this is michi noeki gambike i think  

  • is the name of it it's just a little roadside  station but they do serve the special emoji  

  • so hopefully norm likes it it'll be an experience  oh great either way i feel like there's a bait  

  • and switch kind of thing going on here look  i got this great mochi it'll be an experience

  • so you order from this machine here  

  • okay this is what you want i think can't  read the kanji but i'm pretty sure this is it

  • okay ten dollars

  • and then you take your ticket and  you give it to them at the counter  

  • this is where really there were wasps in  here what is with you and what they like  

  • me i don't know what it is i don't know i'm  starting to wonder if there are actually wasps  

  • imagining this you're just like  imagining these non-existent

  • walks  

  • wow it's different flavors than last time  it actually looks really good honestly  

  • okay so last time i got it there was a natto onewas like are you kidding me really but this time i  

  • don't see enough though i think sharla has this  like really malicious plan that she was gonna  

  • have me eat like natto mochi and like this  is the only bad one though there were more  

  • so last time we came here there was a natto one  there was a shrimp one it was all over the place  

  • but this time it actually looks really good  so i think you might like it which is good  

  • most of them look very sweet this is zunda which  is soy bean but it's usually sweet this is red  

  • bean paste also sweet black sesame which should  be delicious daikon we've got she packet deep  

  • fried tofu pocket this one looks like some kind  of citrus peanut and this one might be chicken  

  • i don't know but let's dig in enjoy coming  in here there was this atmosphere of like i'm  

  • gonna get you with this mochi i'm gonna get  you and i feel like we ended up with really  

  • good mochi and charlotte's playing his backfire  no i'm very happy that it's good flavors this  

  • time i recommend starting with the savory  ones and working your way to the sweet ones  

  • got a whole plan what this oh this is what what  it's just dying but it's not even watching oh  

  • the confusion did they for the [ __ ] you should  dig into mine i thought they like forgot to put  

  • the mochi in mine because last time it was like  three mochi on each row this one's my favorite  

  • so it's an inari tofu pocket with mochi  inside it's delicious and where should i start  

  • it's nice right it's all really good i'm back try  the shitake i really liked that one last time i  

  • thought it was kind of unique but i thought it was  really good kind of tang to it does it it's got a  

  • tang almost like a shiso kind of does it yeahswear they just change up the flavors like daily  

  • whatever they feel like they're like i'm gonna  throw some shiso in here today it's fun though  

  • you don't know what to expect no really good i'm  really intrigued by this orange one i'm not a  

  • fan of yuzu i really hope it's not yuzu it kind  of looks like marmalade though it's very orange

  • wait it does  

  • why does it smell like pumpkin is it pumpkin  what i was expecting a really strong orange smell

  • squash it's very sweet  

  • it has a very subtle sweet flavor  

  • you know what i said peanut for this one but  i think it might be chestnut hmm it's almond  

  • oh my god that is delicious did you like the  almond one i loved it holy crap that is so  

  • good i'm so happy that there's so many different  flavors that i didn't try last time thoughts  

  • on the mochi volunteer was good positive didn't  expect to walk out experience it's very filling  

  • because they give you like nine different well  i guess eight they kind of skimped out this time  

  • with that little patch of daikon that was weird  but ate mochi you get really full off of them  

  • wow really sweet it's really snowing are you sick  do you understand my pain every day this is what  

  • i deal with every day it is really pretty though  i think we need like a slow motion norman join me

  • okay let's go so what are your thoughts on north  japan did you have a nice trip i had an amazing  

  • trip would you recommend that people come up here  in the winter absolutely i would look at this  

  • it is nice the snow is very powdery i've noticed  like i said we've had three straight months of it  

  • and it's been really nice snow the whole time like  it hasn't been slushy it's been these really soft  

  • flakes that are really nice to walk on once it  piles up so also the roads are clear yeah they  

  • don't salt the roads here but they do a really  nice job of clearing them off they're used to it  

  • it snows so much up here that they're prepared for  it so it's not too bad to drive in the winter for  

  • the most part sapporo have heated sidewalks yeah  they do they'll have like the hot water running  

  • under the road i guess and it melts all the snow  it's quite impressive but i hope you guys enjoyed  

  • our little snowy adventure again check out the  links in the description box if you would like  

  • to get yourself some glasses from glassesusa.com  and check out norm i will have him there as well  

  • he also makes really cool videos about japan sothink you would enjoy his channel bye for now guys

  • you

good morning and welcome to a very snowy iwate  prefecture i'm joined by my friend norm today  

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    Yiu Fung Chow posted on 2021/02/24
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