Ah yes, Hirosaki, the Okanagan of Japan, known for its hundred-years-old castle, its Buddhist shrines and, yes, its delicious, delicious apples. Not much time to post – got to catch The Boss at HU (Hirosaki Univeristy) for a late afternoon soundwalk. But first, a photo of what must be one of the most beautiful days of the year in Northern Japan.

View of Mt. Iwaki from Hirosaki Koen (Park)

Later: the 100-yen Happy Bus; those aren’t swastikas; and Tremblant, eat your foliage-wannabe heart out!