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  • [Music]

  • Thank you

  • [Music]

  • Good morning! It's a snow day - first snow

  • day of the season! I'm here with Sarah

  • and Alex and Jordan and we're here for

  • work in Aomori Prefecture today. All

  • of a sudden it just started snowing a

  • lot! It's a blizzard outside. It's so

  • windy, pray for my little vlogging camera

  • outside in the snow. We'll see how it

  • goes. But I want to bring you guys along

  • because it's super exciting to finally

  • see some snow this year! Here we go, going

  • outside

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  • Oh okay it's not too bad

  • It's not as windy as it was earlier

  • which is wonderful

  • It's so crunchy

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  • Probably should have worn boots

  • beanie gang beanie gang

  • toque we call this a toque in Canada!

  • Oh really? Do you know that word? No. "Toque"

  • Thought it was like a face mask or

  • something

  • Are these little moss gardens?

  • I love them

  • They're so cute

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  • I wonder how easy they would be to take

  • care of

  • How cute would that be if you put like a

  • little

  • totoro

  • gatcha or something in it? Oh so cute.

  • So we're at Oirase... oh there's snow on my

  • lens

  • We're at Oirase Gorge right now, which

  • I've only ever been to in the summer and

  • the fall. This will be my first time

  • seeing it in the snow.

  • Apple juice

  • Sharla: So, Aomori is famous for their apples. You'll see tons of apple souvenirs while I'm here.

  • Sharla: But I always love grabbing some of their pure apple juice. It's so delicious.

  • Sharla: How good do these donuts look?

  • Sharla: What is that?

  • [speaking Japanese]

  • Jordan: It's this.

  • Sharla: Oh my God, oh, it's a little apple. What do you do with it?

  • Jordan: You just- Sharla: You just eat it?

  • Jordan: Just hold it. Sharla: You just hold it?

  • [laughing]

  • Sharla: That doesn't sound fun.

  • Sharla: It says you can eat it like sherbert.

  • Sarah: Should we get one of those as well?

  • [speaking Japanese]

  • Sharla: This is apple tea. Applejicha. Roasted tea.

  • I didn't expect it to be sweet, but it smells like caramel.

  • Oh my God, smell that.

  • Sharla: Still waiting for the tea to cool down. Can't drink it yet.

  • Sharla: Why is it so hot? It smells great though.

  • We're down at the Gorge now. This is the

  • place that I've come to so many times in

  • the summer and in the fall

  • but look at it in the snow.

  • The trees in the background are so pretty.

  • Sharla: Jordan's having so much fun. Jordan: I'm having a good time!

  • Sharla: He loves the snow.

  • Jordan: The snow is attacking my hair and I'm taking it personally.

  • Sharla: Sarah seems to think that licking icicles is a thing.

  • icicles is a thing

  • She's determined.

  • I can't?

  • no.

  • no.

  • It's a national heritage.

  • just lick it on the rock.

  • So can I- can I lick it on the rock?

  • no....

  • oh your tongue will get stuck

  • no...

  • and it will be very funny

  • no..noo...

  • we're at the famous waterfall of oyadase

  • gorge it's called kumori notaki

  • definitely took some photos here before

  • in the summer in the winter apparently

  • it almost completely freezes over and

  • looks really cool but i think this is

  • the first snow of the year so it's not

  • completely frozen yet but still looks

  • pretty epic

  • Sarah got an icicle

  • *Sarah softly crying in joy*

  • She finally got her icicle :')

  • Is it as amazing as you thought it would be?

  • It's so dirty!

  • *Sarah and Sharla laughing*

  • oh just gross

  • *more laughter*

  • Yay~~

  • *Sharla singing* Lunch time! Lunch time! :D

  • We've come to a, uh,

  • local restaurant that's right on the

  • lake so there's a really good view of

  • the lake outside but it's just

  • this big storm at the moment

  • the waves are wild for a lake it looks

  • like an ocean

  • but we're nice and cozy inside and we're

  • going to be having some nabe

  • i have a tofu vegetable nabe a bowl of

  • rice salad and some pickled veggies and

  • tofu it's a really good lunch

  • Wait do me a favour,

  • can you eat that green thing tell me what it is?

  • The green thing, isn't it a green bean?

  • Is it a green bean, and like, miso?

  • with goma-ae

  • probably

  • we are about to go exploring inside

  • Towada shrine, which looks SO beautiful

  • in the snow i feel so lucky that it

  • snowed today it just looks absolutely

  • gorgeous with the cedar trees and we got

  • some amazake which is my favorite winter

  • drink they only have this in the winter

  • season because it's a it's a warm cozy

  • drink it's kind of like the hot

  • chocolate of japan when it starts to get

  • cold they sell this at the shrines and

  • it's just absolutely delicious and it's

  • probably

  • relatively healthy for you it's made

  • from fermented rice it is a little sweet

  • so they probably do add a bit of sugar

  • to it but i do recommend you try it out

  • if you come to japan

  • but yeah let's go exploring into the

  • shrine it looks so pretty

  • *music*

  • so at night time they're gonna light

  • this up and we'll be we'll be back here

  • at night but it's really pretty in the

  • daytime as well because you can see all

  • the huge cedar trees

  • *music*

  • *chatter and laughter*

  • I like it!!

  • It's a fig tree!

  • That'll be pretty tonight

  • Right?!

  • um also this was under renovation last time I came

  • This looks so cool in the snow!

  • So yesterday we came here with a guy,

  • and he told us an interesting fact about this tree,

  • that's uh it's made out of plastic

  • *laughs*

  • can you believe this guy??

  • he ruins everything

  • *laughing*

  • you get out of here sir!

  • look at this!

  • ah cool!

  • this is so nice!

  • so earlier when i was getting amazake

  • there were these cute little footprints

  • on the ground i thought they were cat

  • footprints and then i looked closer at

  • them

  • there were too many toes to be a cat

  • so i looked it up and apparently it's

  • probably an amaguma i don't even know

  • what that is in english

  • but they're pretty wild looking i've

  • never seen one before

  • i was talking to the locals in the shop

  • and they said there are quite a few of

  • them around here