Misawa is a small city in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan. The surrounding area is mostly rural but there is some limited nightlife, around the American air base nearby. Tokyo is an hour away by plane, about 3 and a half hours by shinkansen (bullet train), and about 10-12 hours by car and maybe 8-10 hours if you drive above the maximum limit (around 80kph is the max limit in the expressway).
Misawa hosts a United States Air Force base, which is Misawa Air Base. The base is currently home to the 35th Fighter Wing, The conjoined home of the American and Japanese militaries.
We arrived here last summer of 2008 from Hawaii , (my husband's based station prior to Misawa) due to military relocation, he is a US military member. Being a military spouse, I'm excited to experience more of Japanese cultures, their life, food and discover different places around northern Japan (or farther) for a 3- year tour and I will be sharing them with you here in my travelog.
I'm joining Patty's "My town photo shootout" (a photographer from Maryland), for this week, although I'm late for the Friday's post :-) thanks Patty for inviting me.
Just bear with my photos as most of them are "point and shoot shots" while driving around Misawa.
These apartments are in front of the house that we are renting right now. Our front view actually is the rice field you see in the above picture, we call this as our front yard :-)
These are the American type houses off base, my neighbors' houses
This is the house we are renting, it's a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom type with one car carage and one car port. We are in Japan but our house is still American style :-) A lot of Japanese home owners here in Misawa are renting out their houses (and some are still building new houses) to military members based on the Military housing requirements. We are the first renter in this house, they were still building this along with my next door neighbor when we arrived here and waited for about 2 weeks to move in.
The photo was taken during our first snow fall here in Misawa.