Here is your geography lesson kiddies. We have a dear friend who stayed with us for a week a couple of weeks ago. She was on holidays, here in her home town, from Hirosaki in the north of the main island of Japan. She teaches English and has signed up for another year with Nova, http://www.teachinjapan.com/
Hirosaki is one of the more famous places to see cherry blossom in season and the autumn foliage sounds wonderful. It also has a beautiful castle and is not too far from the snow monkeys who bathe in the hot water springs. It is not a big city, but a small regional town where some of the old ways are still practiced. Our friend loves the town and is enjoying herself very much.