Tuesday, March 15, 2011

inflight from obihiro to nagoya

i was saddened by the news about the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. i remember flying over Honshu's coast which was calm and beautiful even from the plane. though all of my Japanese colleagues are safe, still it was sad to know that many died from this natural calamity.on my last day in Hokkaido, i had to find something to remind me of this beautiful island. a country known to have some of Japan's indigenous animals that includes deers and horses. the airport of Tokachi Obihiro reflects the island as being industrial yet still naturally rich.while walking around the airport waiting for my flight to Nagoya, i checked out the shop in search of a souvenir. i found out that among the most important symbol of Hokkaido, the big brown bear dominates also known as Higuma and bears are generally called as kuma.i tried to check other items only to find that the shop also holds a wide array of chocolates and found out the Royce chocolate actually originated in this island. these chocolates even became famous when they started selling in airports.
i also ended up buying these chocolate-coated strawberry, something i thought the city of Baguio should do. like the city of Obihiro, this airport seems so isolated as i was seeing very few people. not even half of the plane was filled on that day.like most trips around Japan, plane took off as scheduled. our flight back to the big island of Honshu went bumpy as we approached the greater Nagoya area. it was cloudy until we started descending that revealed an aerial view of the big city.
after touch down, it started to drizzle as we were entering the old terminal of Nagoya Airport. after few minutes, bus arrived in time for our transfer to the Nagoya central train station that cut short our excitement of watching Sumo wrestling at the airport's arrival area.
let's hope that Japan will recover soon, let's not forget to offer a prayer for those who died and those who are still strongly affected by the catastrophe.

26 comments:

Photo Cache said...

how did japanese chocolate taste? i haven't had one yet.

glad to hear that your friends and colleagues are fine.

pusang kalye said...

hanggang ngyn nacu-curious parin ako at clueless kung anu ang ginawa mo sa Hokkaido. you are one lucky man Dom.:D

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

ang gand ang air shot mo mula sa airplane tapos nagagala pa ba sa Hokkaido... wow so bless... tas yung strawbeey chocolate pa.. yummy :D

emmanuelmateo said...

Japan is a Good and beautiful place.

Chyng said...

hay Dom, lucky you hindi mo naexperience ang killer quake..

witsandnuts said...

Ice cream! On a serious note, let's continue to pray for Japan and its people.

alicesg said...

It is sad and disturbing to watch those videos of the Tsunami. I had to cancel my trip to Japan next week. Was actually discourage from going by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hope the disaster will be over soon and that the radiation will not harm human's health.

Reena said...

It's sad that someting like this had to happen to Japan and her people. But it's nature. Let's just pray for the eternal repose of all those lives lost. And pray more for the lives of those saved.

You may send choco-covered strawberries to house via LBC. :D i like strawberries!!!

Sidney said...

It is terrible what happens in Japan right now.
I love Japan !

SandyCarlson said...

Aesthetically pleasing. Delightful. These are wonderful photos of a country that is in my prayers.

carlotta1924 said...

so glad when i found stalls of royce chocolates in malls around here in the metro. :)

i love your aerial shots, it just shows na kahit industrialized country ang japan, there are large green areas that are maintained. at may sense of order ang landscape nila.

i'm greatly saddened by the events in japan. it's a country that i would love to visit someday.

Bengbeng said...

this is all so sad n the tragedy is still unfolding

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

what happened to Japan is really sad. :( pero kakahanga ang disiplina ng mga tao doon kahet magulo na at walang makain pag may dumating na donation, pila pa din sila at d nag-aagawan kahet maubusan man. True, I do hope too Japan will recover soon. I'm sure they will.

btw, my natutunan na naman ako sayo. ang Royce chocos. hehe next time magawe ka agad doon, yun nlng pasalubong mu samen ni Chyng. hehe

Traveling Hawk said...

I like the aerial photos.

Japan is a wonderful country, very hard hit in this moment. Let's hope that the wonderful and brave people there will be well soon. God help them!

lakwatsera de Primera said...

Royce!! grabe melt in your mouth yan, pasalubong sa akin lagi nung student ko na Half Japanese,(Japan is so blessed with many things, I know they will rise out of this crisis successfully)

zingtrial said...

Hi!Nice pic's But I am praying for Japan and Hope All go well.
Wishing You Well

Pietro said...

A terrible tragedy, Japan is in my prayers. Very beautiful decription of the trip.

Rizalenio said...

Very heartbreaking til now to see Japan's tsunami footages and photos.

Let's all continue to pray for them.

nuts said...

sad that about news, it could possibly happen anywhere in the world. i know that Japan will recover soon. lucky you to have visited Japan before the killer quakes, tsunamis happened.

Ed said...

i hope Japan recovers soon. seeing your photos make me wonder the damage that the recent tragedy has done and how some parts look now.

Raft3r said...

just like the phoenix, japan will rise again

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Can't help but notice the cashier wearing a bow tie :)

jeanny said...

I am praying for Japan. So sad ang nangyari. I used to work in a jap firm and until now, my former boss haven't answered my email. :-(

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docgelo said...

dom, you're killing me, man with this post! i know regret is a negative thing but i cannot help but think that i could have been happier last year if i bought tons of royce at narita airport before boarding home. pagkita ko sa greenbelt 5 at sa trinoma, nanghinayang talaga ako sa presyo! haha...

on the serious side, i sympathize with the many who were deeply affected with the wrath in japan.

asiong32 said...

chocolate coated strawberries??? yeah i think they should do that in baguio...

i still love japan no matter what happens...hope they recover soon!

SandyCarlson said...

This is yet another sequence. With you, we fly.

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