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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 well-wind 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 barbecue 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 strawberry expensive chauffeur oh this  is good nice crisp refreshing taste of apple  

  • in the morning beautiful beautiful as a liquor  breakfast that's right liquor breakfast i know you  

  • and i don't agree on many 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 you got cider there andgreat 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 liquor 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  as a symbol 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 bed so we've just stopped off  

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

  • bridge they had to complicate it with arches but  the thing is they couldn't call it the longest  

  • bridge that's the longest triple ice bridge that's  what it is it's all about getting that tighter was  

  • there exactly it's number one title that they  needed it's a really nice view though you've got  

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

  • in 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 crowd funding 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'd  

  • 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 and i know 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 really this there's  a there's an assortment of meats here  

  • i don't know what they are hunter or chef's  recommendation course that's what it is

  • 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 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  

  • okay what local bear local beer local bear  you can eat bear in japan there 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  and 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

  • good isn't it it's really good related  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 mountains back  

  • in the backyard i think i'm not really sure  good girl what a weird dinner dear bear  

  • balls sounds like a wrap what  kind of wrap is that bad boy

  • why is he there why is he there one to ten on the  day there 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 whenfirst 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 stomach uncommon and also like 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 pepper  it smells a bit like uh 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 wouldeat it often no i think it's a very special meat  

  • i'm gonna 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  bunny 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 start hardly  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 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 fight a bear  

  • i'll fight with bambi thank you thank you for sure  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  

  • and cut out and this is what i see the snow in  front of me all over it's a freshly 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 mount iwaki hasclear 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 would 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 it that's it

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

  • every year over seven hundred thousand tons of  apples are produced in japan and aomori prefecture  

  • accounts for over 50 even within el mory  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 haldem poya  

  • 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 up apple course apple pie cookies  

  • you say apple pie i've got  apple curry here curries  

  • with slices of apple inside it looks fantastic  where's that already i'm gonna start ready  

  • you can have the pies out of 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 and lots of salt lots of apples lots  

  • of beds and also the uh the biggest consumption  of instant ramen in whole japan that'll do it  

  • right and also they're 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 is at all 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 fortour not history not culture just the quickest  

  • way to die on a tour and there is a rule that  you you go to ramen shop right in this tool  

  • 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 it did well it  

  • did really well didn't oh it didn't do well you  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 opens up an  apple pie map if you haven't been sold on aomori  

  • so far this this should seal the deal yeah and  then they have 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 diet lowering their  

  • life expectancy even more exactly to be honest  after all the things we've eaten on our trip  

  • i expect my life expectancy he's probably dipped  as well of 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 elmore today we'll see you right back here  

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

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    Yiu Fung Chow posted on 2021/02/10
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