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Northern Japan

What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.

Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.

With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.

Seattle Trip, Part Three!!!

On Where Pianos Roam

Again, I am totally enjoying my stay here.  Here are some tidbits .  .  . On Friday, I joined my friend Mike and went to the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle to watch the performance of a play called "The Candy Cane Stick-up".  It was HILARIOUS!!!  I had a wonderful time.  Here is a photo .  .  .

After the play, Mike and I headed to the International District to have lunch at Mike's Szechuan Noodles.  We were joined by friends.  Here's a photo with O and B:

Yesterday, I went out on a Ferry headed to Bainbridge Island.  Here is a photo of O and B taking in the Puget Sound .  .  .

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