Drop of Cafe : Himawari and Tube Lane, Chuohirosaki

It’s a cold Saturday morning, there’s snow covering the ground. I’m walking out of my psychiatrist’s office. It’s a thirty minute walk across town from where I live; I didn’t have an appointment this morning, but I embarked at the early hour of 8:30am this Saturday morning with the purpose of making it to the … Continue reading Drop of Cafe : Himawari and Tube Lane, Chuohirosaki

Climbing Iwaki

    To be honest, the first part of this blog post isn’t something I really enjoyed revisiting to write about. It’s an embarrassing memory that I think still affects my relationships with some of the people involved. I wouldn’t take it back necessarily, but I definitely would have done things differently. I suppose that’s a … Continue reading Climbing Iwaki

Tozan Bayashi (登山囃子)

Tozan Bayashi is a Japanese style of music that is unique to the Tsugaru region. Tozan bayashi consists of three instruments: 太鼓 (taiko) drums, 笛 (fue ) flute, and 鉦 (kane) hand cymbals. There are two different flutes that are used during oyama sankei. The first is for tozan bayashi, which is for climbing the … Continue reading Tozan Bayashi (登山囃子)

Oyama Sankei (お山参詣)

On January 1984, Oyama Sankei became a national significant intangible folk cultural asset in Japan. No one really knows when this festival began, and there is much debate whether it started in the Kamakura period or the Edo period. Regardless, it is safe to assume that this festival started a really long time ago, but … Continue reading Oyama Sankei (お山参詣)

Tsugaru-ben (津軽弁)

Tsugaru-ben is the local dialect spoken in the Tsugaru region of Western Aomori. Aomori Prefecture is unique in that there isn't just one dialect for the whole prefecture, but in fact there are three well known dialects: Shimokita-ben (下北弁), Nanbu-ben(南部弁), and Tsugaru-ben(津軽弁) . Tsugaru-ben is probably the most famous dialect of the three. Tsugaru-ben is … Continue reading Tsugaru-ben (津軽弁)