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.

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)