Dake-Kimi 嶽きみ

Have you ever heard of dake-kimi?  If you live in Aomori the name might sound familiar, but it’s most easily recognizable in Hirosaki! Kimi is the Tsugaru word for tomorokoshi, meaning corn. Dake is the name of the district at the foot of Mt. Iwaki. So in short Dake-kimi means corn grown and harvested in … Continue reading Dake-Kimi 嶽きみ

Hirosaki Castle Park 弘前公園

Hirosaki is famous for it’s beautiful cherry blossoms and delicious apples. The most famous place in Hirosaki is definitely the Castle Park. This is where you can find the cherry blossoms in spring, beautiful chrysanthemums in Autumn, impressive sculptures made of snow in winter, and lush green trees in summer. The park is a great … Continue reading Hirosaki Castle Park 弘前公園

Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival

It’s been a year since I first moved to Japan for the JET Programme. The first thing I got to experience in Aomori was Nebuta. Even though I arrived too late to see Hirosaki Neputa and Aomori City Nebuta, I was lucky to catch Goshogawara Tachineputa.  First I want to talk a little bit about … Continue reading Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival

Yukata (浴衣)- History

Hello everyone! My name is Courtney and I am now a 2nd year ALT in Hirosaki, Aomori! Iwaki Mama and I are good friends and have been talking about writing for each other for a little while now so I come to you today with my first post for this wonderful blog! I will be … Continue reading Yukata (浴衣)- History

The Five-Storied Pagoda at Saishoin 最勝院五重塔

Hirosaki is home to many beautiful and historic landmarks, one of which is the Five-Storied Pagoda at Saishoin. The pagoda is said to be the most beautiful pagoda in all of Tohoku.