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  • *music*

  • Good morning and welcome to Sendai Station at 6:00 am!

  • I am going on a trip with Ryotaro

  • who very kindly invited me to Iwate,

  • which is my favorite prefecture

  • tied with Yamagata.

  • So I'm very excited to be taking you guys there today.

  • We're going to be trying out some of the local foods

  • and doing some activities that you can only do in Iwate.

  • So hopefully you guys enjoy!

  • So Ryotaro taught me that you can put Shinkansen tickets

  • onto your Pasmo card now.

  • It's super handy especially when it's really busy and you're worried you're

  • not gonna get a seat.

  • It's not at 6:00am,

  • there's nobody here but...

  • *chimes*

  • That's exciting, that is so handy.

  • And

  • then you come over to this machine here

  • and you tap your card.

  • *chimes*

  • There it is, there's our ticket!

  • print :)

  • I don't normally drink these but I'm gonna need

  • an energy drink this morning.

  • *music*

  • So when we arrive in Ninohe,

  • Ryotaro and I are going to split up and go on

  • two separate adventures.

  • I'll have his video

  • linked down below so go check it out

  • when you're done watching this one!

  • But

  • I'm off to meet a local craftsman who's

  • going to teach me how to make chopsticks!

  • And then later on tonight we're going to

  • get back together and meet up at a hotel

  • which is known for being super haunted.

  • I have come to Craft Plum, which is a

  • really cute workshop.

  • I'm gonna be

  • making some chopsticks using a special

  • kind of wood that is mainly found here

  • in Iwate.

  • It grows so slowly that the

  • tree grows in size one millimeter every

  • three years.

  • So it takes forever to grow

  • the supplies needed to make these

  • chopsticks.

  • So they're super fancy and

  • I'm really excited to try it out!

  • *laughter*

  • Two types of sandpaper here.

  • This one is more coarse,

  • this one is finer.

  • We are going to finish off this pair of chopsticks

  • and I'll be able to take them home

  • which is wonderful because I needed some chopsticks.

  • I lost my pair, I don't know where they went.

  • *scrrrape scrrrape*

  • *scrapey scrapey scrapey scrapey scrapey scrape*

  • *scrape scrapey scrapey scrapey scrapey scrape*

  • *scrrrrape*

  • *scrrrrape*

  • *scrrrrape*

  • *scrapey scrapey scrapey*

  • *scrapey scrapey scrapey*

  • We're gonna practice on some

  • practice chopsticks first, and then I will

  • do the real thing and hopefully not ruin my

  • chopsticks that I've nicely polished!

  • Thank you bye bye!

  • All right, after a little drive I've just arrived at my ryokan for the night.

  • I'll be staying at Ryokufuso Inn.

  • I've actually been here before!

  • I came here to take photos once.

  • It's known for being haunted.

  • I've never filmed a video here so this will be my first time

  • trying to capture something on video.

  • I'm really looking forward to a hot bath

  • because it's really cold here in Iwate.

  • Ryokufuso Inn is said to be the home of a

  • Zashiki Warashi, or a house spirit.

  • These spirits are believed to bring great

  • fortune to those whose houses they haunt.

  • Or in this case those who are able to

  • catch a sighting of the spirit.

  • Zashiki Warashi appear as ghostly children

  • and the one that lives in this hotel is

  • known to have the appearance of a little boy.

  • Visitors from across Japan have been

  • known to travel to Iwate just to stay at

  • this hotel in hopes that they'll be

  • lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the

  • resident Zashiki Warashi.

  • Let me give you guys a quick tour of my room for the night.

  • I have two single beds all to myself with very fluffy comforters,

  • they look very comfy.

  • That is a humidifier.

  • The air in Japan gets very

  • dry in the winter because we use the

  • heater all night long, because it's very

  • cold.

  • I think the temperature outside is

  • aboutCelsius here (~37° Fahrenheit)

  • I have a washroom.

  • Fancy toilet with buttons like usual.

  • There is a little sink area here.

  • What you will notice is that-

  • *phone chiming*

  • oh that's Ryotaro!

  • that this room does not have a shower.

  • Over here we have a washitsu

  • *phone chiming*

  • I guess we better see what Ryotaro wants.

  • Cool let's meet at dinner at *phone continues to chime* 6:30pm

  • Sorry about that, back to the tour!

  • So there's little room here for relaxing in

  • and the lady said that there is some tea

  • over here in the corner.

  • Which sounds

  • great right now because I'm freezing.

  • And

  • then, as always, they give you a little welcome snack.

  • This ryokan has

  • Warashi-no-sato Manju,

  • these are always really nice with green tea.

  • So I'll have that in a second.

  • But I actually stopped by the

  • roadside station and grabbed myself some

  • of my favourite snack (that you can only

  • get up here in Iwate).

  • These spiral karintou!

  • These normally come in a different shape.

  • They're a very popular

  • Japanese snack, but in Iwate they make

  • them in this flat spiral shape and they taste a lot better.

  • This is actually a special flavour:

  • yamabudou, wild grapes that are grown up

  • here in the mountains.

  • In here I believe....

  • there is a yukata

  • that I can wear if I want to go down

  • and have a bath in the onsen.

  • An obi to tie it.

  • Well I'm gonna make myself some tea and relax for an hour and a half.

  • I didn't sleep at all last night, I didn't get into bed until 2:00 a.m.

  • And then at 3:00 a.m there was a really big earthquake

  • that woke me up.

  • And then I had to wake up at four to get ready anyways,

  • so I just didn't bother going to sleep again after.

  • So I didn't really sleep last night.

  • I'm probably

  • just gonna have a tea

  • eat some of these karintou, try those out.

  • And then take a little nap before dinner.

  • Smells like a regular karintou, I don't really smell

  • anything grape scented.

  • *chomp*

  • *crunchcrunchcrunch*

  • I don't taste grapes at all.

  • This actually tastes like a healthier version.

  • The ones that I normally get are

  • very obviously deep fried, and they have

  • like the sugar glaze on them.

  • These ones kind of seem baked?

  • They're not as

  • oily.

  • *chomp*

  • *crunchcrunch*

  • Delicious nonetheless.

  • I'm gonna have my little tea and snack here,

  • and then...

  • take a nap for about an hour and

  • I will see you guys when I meet up with Ryotaro!

  • bye for now (๑ᵕ⌓ᵕ̤)zzz