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
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.
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
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）