秋田 – Akita

Posted: July 29, 2015 in Photography
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Home Sweet (Second) Home.

One very familiar ride on the Komachi bullet train, and the final stop on my journey from the south to north of Japan: AKITA!

My first destination (was actually Starbucks, but right after that): the Akita City Board of Education! Yamao sensei (in the middle there) was actually another of my fellow teachers at my old school but is now the supervisor for all of the ALTs in the city.

ただいま! The Royal Sanno: my home for all the years I lived in Japan.

With most of my friends in work until after 5, I decided to stop by my old hairdressers just to say hi. I ended up staying for over an hour, and getting a free haircut into the bargain. Reason #1,004 for my why Akita continues to be one of my favourite places in the world.

Mihoko! In her family’s sushi restaurant, which – as it happens – is the very place we said goodbye almost 5 years earlier.

Mihoko’s nephew, Kaito; who (having been a practically newborn baby the last time I saw him) reminded me more than anyone of how much time had passed since I was last in Akita.

Yurie! And her wonderful family, with whom I stayed the whole time I was back.

Yurie took the next 3 days off from work, so we were able to spend the rest of the time together. We hadn’t seen one another since our Canadian adventure back in 2011.

For my ex-neighbour Joylene: her favourite tree in the whole of Akita, in the park behind our apartments.

Selion Tower.

Tsuchizaki! I can’t see my house from here, but I can see my old school.

Alas, I was 2 months too early for the actual Minato Matsuri, so we had to improvise.

Afterwards, Yurie took me to the beautiful 秋田県立小泉潟公園 (Akita Prefectural Koizumigata Park) – one of her favourite spots in Akita.

Koi pond!

I once read a particularly poetic description of photography, which expressed it as “painting with light”. Pictures like this make me feel I’m doing exactly that.

That evening: my first authentic okonomiyaki in 5 years! (Though it must be said that John has made some damn good substitutes in the interim.)

Yuki Sato! Who actually lives in Cyprus now but – by very happy coincidence – was back in Akita the exact same week as I was.

We’d actually tried to get a reservation at Hora Ana (one of my two favourite restaurants in Akita) but they a) had moved location and b) were fully booked. This one – right round the corner from my old house – was, however, a perfectly welcome alternative.

With some of my best friends in the whole of Japan. It felt like no time had passed at all.

Mikkake!

Yurie and Yuki Sato.

And Koki! Who invited me to tour his temple the following morning.

真の友人

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  1. Markus McD says:

    Love that pic with Yurie and the Koi – those fish are huge!!! And bright!
    Can’t believe how lucky you are! Exciting that everyone was able to come together by happy coincidence!
    Honestly, how do you manage such travels? John is a millionaire isn’t he? 😝

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