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  • what oh hello there i'm standing here at the  most northern tip of japan's main island of  

  • honshu in aomori in front of a big factory  that sells lots of cider and we're about  

  • to go on a whirlwind road trip across aomori  prefecture it's going to be a lot of fun these  

  • are apples they look like grapes but  they're not they're apples and don't take  

  • them don't pick them off in public that would  be wrong that'd be very bad but don't do that

  • aomori lies at the most northern tip of honshu  it's a region with a strong cultural identity  

  • and an impressive range of cuisine from japan's  most prized tuna in the sugary straight in the  

  • north to horse meat bbq in the historic town of  gonaha in the east today however we're going on  

  • a journey of west armory to try five local dishes  including an incredibly rare delicacy bear meat  

  • something i can't say i've ever had  before but why is it eaten here and what  

  • does it taste like we'll also stay overnight  at a traditional inn visit a picturesque shrine  

  • and watch ryotaro make a fool of himself as  per usual and our two-day road trip kicks off  

  • in aomori city at the a factory a tribute to the  region's number one export apples and of course  

  • the presence of apples means you can enjoy  the perfect drink to kick off your morning  

  • there's a reason i love aomori so much it's not  just the apples it's the cider and this is a side  

  • of vending machine for 200 yen you can get a shot  of your favorite brand and my favorite is kimori  

  • cider sweet i'm having this instead of coffee  this morning come on fill that cup no what is  

  • that it it's like a shot of cider probably a good  thing given it's only nine o'clock in the morning  

  • obviously you can't drink and drive in japan  and we are going on a road trip so i needed a  

  • driver a chauffeur and they're all busy so i've  got ryotaro with us how you doing realtor and  

  • expensive strobe expensive chauffeur oh this is  good nice crisp refreshing taste of apple in the  

  • morning beautiful beautiful as a liquor breakfast  that's what we have liquor breakfast i know you  

  • and i don't agree on any things we have today but  one thing we do agree on is aomori is our favorite  

  • prefecture in tohoku there's six prefectures  in tohoku and we live in miyagi prefecture  

  • uh what is it about aomori that keeps bringing us  back anyway i don't know they've got lots of meat  

  • good meat and also uh you got cider there and all  great uh fish as well the sushi that they serve  

  • really good sushi here as well but let's face  it it's mainly decided at least for me anyway  

  • in my defense i need a lick of breakfast just to  get through my morning with ryotaro but our first  

  • stop an hour west of aomori city is one of japan's  longest wooden bridges the dancing crane bridge  

  • constructed from local cypress trees and famous  for its three iconic arches walking across it is  

  • said to bring good luck as the crane is seen assymbol of longevity in japanese culture it seems  

  • rather fitting given that aomori has the lowest  life expectancy in any prefecture in japan and  

  • we'll find out why a bit later on and no it's not  because of the beds so we just stopped off at the  

  • longest triple arch bridge in japan is that right  three 300 meters long it could just be the longest  

  • bridge they had to complicate with arches but the  thing is they could not call it the longest bridge  

  • there's a longest triple ice bridge that's what  it is it's all about getting that tighter isn't  

  • it exactly it's number one tyson that they needed  it's a really nice view though we've got mount  

  • iwaki in the background the tallest mountain in  aomori right yep so how long's this bridge been  

  • 300 years 400 years 23 years what 23. 23 years  do they build these bridges just to win awards  

  • and get those triple arch titles i guess so  it's nice though like if you are going to build  

  • a bridge across a lake don't just build another  boring generic bridge build something like this  

  • right build something that's actually beautiful  to look at so i think you're going to be you're  

  • going to be building what they do cuatro what is  it like quattro bridge quattro uh irish bridge  

  • number one quattro arch bridge that's what it is  let's get crowdfunding let's go make it happen

  • checking into our traditional win at duckie  hot springs before enjoying our evening banquet  

  • serving up three local meat dishes i'm able to  finally sneak away from ryotaro to the comfort  

  • of my own room so just checked into the room  and it's my favorite part of any journey with  

  • ryotaro the bit where i get to go to my own room  and get away from the man for a few minutes and  

  • the room today is rather spectacular check  this out how beautiful is this now i'll admit  

  • when i come out and film these videos these  days i often don't bother filming the room  

  • anymore because i've seen it so many times  that they all start to blend into one they  

  • all start to look the same but this one in  particular has so much character to it the  

  • artwork the pottery the embroidery the lighting  the lighting it's pretty elaborate here there's  

  • even some sort of stove in the middle of the table  that i don't know how to use and i didn't use it  

  • for fear of burning the place down but still  my time in this room is fairly short-lived  

  • we're about to go and get dinner andknow it's going to be a weird one ryotaro  

  • mentioned that it involves a lot of bizarre  meats and well that's never a good thing

  • usually

  • what do we got then riyadh this there's  a there's an assortment of meats here  

  • i don't know what they are hunter uma

  • okay so what's uh what's this one here i'm  gonna call this the most daring looking dish  

  • uh what is it looks like sashimi oh is it deer  sashimi deer deer but like a day they lightly  

  • cooked um on a surface have you ever had it before  yes is it good super good super good you should  

  • try it super good just to try what about this  one here this one there okay this looks like  

  • a cake yeah this looks like beef i'm going to say  this is some sort of local beef uh look or beer  

  • what local bear local beer local bear you  can eat bear in japan they are hunters  

  • a japanese hunter is called matagi and  they are the ones that who actually hunt  

  • there but not like you know just shooting around  or anything recently there are too many bears that  

  • sometimes hurt people and some people actually  killed by bear too so they're like group of  

  • hunters who who hunt the bear um are only limited  to a certain amount of numbers i've heard bear  

  • attacks are actually up recently because uh as  the population goes down in the countryside the  

  • bears have been getting a little bit more bold  actually wandering into this sort of run-down  

  • villages yeah yeah so we've got deer we've got  bear what is this one here mushrooms and pork  

  • white ball wild ball same thing well you can't go  wrong with wild ball that's usually pretty good  

  • okay one dish out of three that i know is  good for sure let's uh let's see if they live  

  • up to the height let's start with the deer oh you  haven't had any deer so you should start with the  

  • chimney you should you should dip into the sauce  here and put some garlic on all right here we go

  • it actually tastes a lot like sashimi no if  you close your eyes i mean if you keep your  

  • eyes open it still looks like sashimi it tastes  like sashimi that's pretty good where the deer  

  • that this come from oh just a mountain back in  the backyard i think i'm not really sure you've  

  • got a weird dinner dear bear balls sounds like  a wrap what kind of wrap is that they're bad boy

  • why is he there why is he here one to ten on the  day dear ten good i love i love the deer sashimi  

  • i'll give it nine so we've lit the grill  yep for the uh the bear the bear in the  

  • meantime let's have some wild ball yeah there's  something quite surreal when i first moved here  

  • i remember i went walking just on my own in  the mountains i was enjoying it and then i  

  • walked past a bear sign it dawned on me that  bears exist in japan and i turned around and  

  • ran back to my car very quickly while the  number of attacks are going up they're still  

  • pretty uncommon to stop coming and also like  if your bears normally right they they fear  

  • the human being so all right here we go then do  you just have it do you have it with any sauce no  

  • it's salted in a pepper smells a bit  like uh beef what smells like beef yeah  

  • how's that like it's pretty chewy but it's got  a really satisfying meaty kind of flavor to it  

  • it does and it's absolutely covered  in salt and pepper with the garlic  

  • it's a really nice combination of flavors would  i eat it often no i think it's a very special  

  • meat i'm going to give the deer nine out of ten  the pork the wild boar rebel ar tim and the bear  

  • and eight out of ten eight eight nine  so dear actually one day one yeah i mean  

  • people might find it a little bit um you know  uncomfortable yeah eating bambi raw it sounds good  

  • that'll be the title of this video yeah so  eating bambi raw you'll be sued by disney you  

  • know what i mean but what is it about elmore  why do they hunt bears here of all places  

  • well first of all uh they're more moon bears and  they saw heart like hurting people as well that's  

  • one thing and also these hunters have always  been hunting over like 100 years or more 200  

  • years almost these hunters obviously they we eat  right instead of like wasting the meat right we  

  • actually eat the meat too it's like there's  often stories in the media you read where a  

  • bear walks onto somebody's farm turns up and has  a fight with somebody like i read a story about an  

  • elderly man in aomori that punched a bear in the  face that was attacking his orchard i was stealing  

  • some apples or do you think you could fightbear i'll fight with bumby thank you that way  

  • now that i would pay to sleep bambi versus ryotaro

  • last night um i heard like really heavy rain and  this morning i woke up and like i saw snow and i  

  • went and got out and this is what i see the snow  in front of me all over it's the first the first  

  • time i saw snow this year and this is our murray  this is it on a clear day iwakiyama ginger which  

  • sits at the base of maunawaki has a clear view of  the mountain but the snowfall has got in the way  

  • nevertheless as we soak up the tranquil  surroundings and the locals quietly sweep  

  • away the falling leaves ryotaro does his  best to take advantage of the peaceful shrine  

  • time to do my morning prayer

  • if you ever want to do a prayer at a shrine  of japan the pattern to follow is bow twice

  • clap twice say your prayer

  • and finish with a final bow just make sure to  pray for something good what did you pray for  

  • conquering the world conquering the world at 9  30 in the morning yeah exactly what horrible man

  • he doesn't even have a rebuttal  just after in it that's it

  • aomori the home of apple look my  kingdom apple kingdom [ __ ] terrifying

  • every year over 700 000 tons of apples are  produced in japan and aomori prefecture  

  • accounts for over 50 per cent even within  aomori there are places more famous than  

  • others for their highly prized apples such  as these orchards here on the outskirts of  

  • hirosaki city we've stopped off to meet  a friend of ryotaro's nami hal dempoia  

  • a native of the distant landlocked  prefecture of nagano she moved 600  

  • kilometers north to be closer to the sea and  in the years since she's become a farmer and  

  • a massive orchard in the shadow of mount iwaki  and there's only one question on ryotaro's mind

  • it's famous for apples i don't think  we've said it in this video yet but  

  • uh we've had apple juice we've had cider we've  had bears and i'm sure the bears eat apples and  

  • the last thing on our list is apple pie it'd  be a crime to come all this way to aomori  

  • and not have one for our last stop of the  journey we head into the city of hirosaki  

  • where ryotaro plans to stuff me with two more  must try local apple dishes and also reveal  

  • why aomori prefecture has the shortest life  expectancy of any prefecture in all of japan

  • so after the wild animal course we're gonna  apple pie apple course apple pie cookies  

  • you say apple pie i've got apple curry here with  slices of apple inside it looks fantastic it's  

  • where's that already i'm gonna start ready you  can have the pies i have the curry one thing that  

  • interested me though is what you told me earlier  is that people in aomori have the shortest life  

  • expectancy in all of japan right i think nagano  prefecture the life expectancy is 84 they're  

  • number one and aomori is 82. so the whole two  years short why is that any ideas why it's being  

  • said that the aomori people like loves their salty  things and a sweet thing so like lots of sugar  

  • lots of salt lots of apples and lots of beds and  also the the biggest consumption of instant ramen  

  • in whole japan i'll do it that'll do it right  and i also did doing a lot of um sake because  

  • the sake is a really good hit so it's like  all the good things to make them live short  

  • that's what i can tell and your friend has  a tour in our morning called the unhealthy  

  • tour or something and it's like uh life is  short tour life is short that's what it is  

  • that's an amazing idea for a tour not history not  culture just the quickest way to die on a tour  

  • and there is a rule that you you go to rubbish  up right and it's tall and you have to drink up  

  • the whole soup of ramen oh my god because that's a  lot of salt that's a death sentence doing that but  

  • what at all that'd probably do quite well no it  did well it did really well did oh it did do well  

  • this curry is really good uh the apples i don't  eat it no it's horrible it's disgusting you don't  

  • want it no you don't want it the kind of sweetness  and the beef and the curry is really nice it goes  

  • well i think per capita hirosaki the city we're  in now has more coffee shops than most places  

  • in japan because each coffee shop has their own  variant on an apple pie and the idea is to get  

  • people into their different coffee shops they  even have a map i've got a map that describes oh  

  • which coffee shop has got what kind of apple pie  this is any awkward sludgy hell and it's all good  

  • like an apple pie map if you haven't been sold  on aomori so far this this should seal the deal  

  • yeah everybody help and they'll tell you where  they are so i look how many they are that's what  

  • this video should have been should have been you  and i going to every apple pie shop in hirosaki  

  • and then apple and then dying and dieting  lowering the life expectancy even more  

  • exactly to be honest after all the things we've  eaten on our trip i expect my life expectancy is  

  • probably dipped as well uh all the dishes we've  seen on this trip though which one did you think  

  • you want to try the most the wild boar the bears  the deer the apples the pie the curry what would  

  • you like to try let us know in the comments below  but for now guys as always me thanks for joining  

  • us on our journey across el mory today we'll  see you right back here on this tour japan  

  • channel don't waver again next time no no your  life expectancy is about to get a lot shorter

what oh hello there i'm standing here at the  most northern tip of japan's main island of  

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    Amy.Lin posted on 2021/02/04
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