This past weekend (September 18- September 22), Hirosaki had an Autumn Festival in replacement of not being able to have the Cherry Blossom Festival as well as Nebuta. This festival is happening in tandem with the the Autumn Sakura Light Festival, which started September 16 and goes till November 8 (光の桜紅葉).
Today I went for a nice little stroll on the mountain. The road leading up to Mt. Iwaki has a nice walking path with small sets of stairs and bridges. For most of the year it’s buried under snow, but in the fall and spring you can walk along it to look at the trees … Continue reading Iwakiya Honten 岩木屋本店
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 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
An all-encompassing Tsugaru experience~
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.
Tsugaru Nuri is a traditional lacquer ware craft from the Tsugaru region of Aomori prefecture. This craft is centralized in Hirosaki city and has an extensive history that dates all the way back to the Edo Period.
Enjoying cherry blossoms while the world was slowly shutting down. The beautiful cover photo is from Tasha Nguyen an Hirosaki ALT~
One of Aomori's most famous handcrafts, kogin-zashi. Learn about what it is, how to make it, and the history behind this beautiful craft.
The history of the Tsugaru clan enshrined at the foot of Iwaki.