Taking place in Goshogarawa between August 4th and 8th, the Goshagaware Tachineputa features some massive 23m tall and 19-ton parade floats that roam around the tiny little streets of Goshogawara with dancers all cheering and shouting “Yattemare! Yattemare!” […]

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The Aomori Nebuta is a Japanese fire festival held annually between August 2nd and 7th in Aomori city featuring over twenty nebutas or massive lantern floats based on kabuki or mythical stories. The Aomori Nebuta Festival is thought to have originated from the Tanabata festival, but its real roots […]

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Alongside Koyansan and Heizan, Osorezan or the Mount Osore, is one of the three most sacred places in Japan. Over 1,000 years ago, a Buddhist priest in search of a mountain resembling the world of Buddha, stumbled upon Mount Osore and its unique landscape, which, according to the legend […]

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Iwakiyama Shrine is a Shinto Shrine in the city of Hirosaki in the Aomori prefecture and located at the feet of Mt Iwaki, which is also considered to be part of the Shrine itself. There are not a good record on when the Iwakiyama Shrine was founded as […]

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hoso-ji is Horisaki’s second most important temple and as such is worthy of your consideration. Choso-ji was built in 1629 by the second Lord Nobuhira. Located in a unique district of Hirosaki and also known as Zenringai, the temple is surrounded by 33 Zen Sotoshu temples, most of which are not accessible to the public. […]

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he Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri is a magnificent matsuri held each summer from August 1st to 7th. It’s features some of the city’s most gorgeous floats featuring some unique Chinese and ancient Japanese drawings. Hirosaki Neputa is said to have originated from the Nemuri Nagashi, a traditional event set to banish sleep demons who make people […]

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Saisho-in is one of Hirosaki’s most famous temples and features a huge five story, 32.2m high pagoda. It was built in 1667 to commemorate those who died in battle during the reunification of the Tsugaru with Hirosaki. Said to be one of the most beautiful pagodas in the Tohoku region, Saisho-in also features a gorgeous […]

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The Neputa Mura (Neputa Village) is Hirosaki’s only museum dedicated to the city’s Japanese floats known as Neputas. Indeed, each city or village in Aomori has its own style and design. Hirosaki neputas for example are floats designed in the shape of Japanese hand fans. Open all year long the Neputa Mura will give you […]

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ocated in the heart of Hirosaki city in Aomori (northern Japan), the Fujita Memorial Garden was built in 1919 by Fujita Kenichi who was the first chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. While not unique in Japan, this garden features both a traditional Japanese house, now used as an art gallery, and […]

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lso known as Tsugaru Jamisen, the Tsugaru Shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula (Aomori), and the instrument it is performed with. Imported from China via Okinawa, the Shamisen, looks like a little guitar and is widely associated with Japanese culture. Every region in Japan has developed it’s […]

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