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

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

Tsugaru Nuri 津軽塗

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.

Lamp no Yado, Aoni Onsen ランプの宿青荷温泉

Lamp no Yado Aoni Onsen is a traditional Japanese inn located in the secluded mountains of Aomori Prefecture. Keeping with the traditional atmosphere of the place there is limited to no electricity as well. The entire facility at night is lit only by oil lamp

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)