Yikes, only three days left of Christmas break for the kids and then back to our old routine. Aside from a few squabbles here and there it's been a pleasant break. We needed to get out of the house today even though it was COLD. So we set off to Aomori City to see the Big Buddha. I had been wanting to do this for a while and probably should have when the weather was a few degrees warmer, but I've been trying to convince myself that I need to embrace winter so we don't go insane for the next four months. Did I mention that this air base gets more snow than any air force base? Like, more than Alaska and other equally cold places?! Anyway, in our attempt to embrace our cold weather we set off knowing it may be a bit crowded because many Japanese visit Buddhist sites for the New Year Holiday.