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

The Five-Storied Pagoda at Saishoin 最勝院五重塔

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 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.

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)