Jan 11, 2016

Magnitude-4.5 quake hits northeastern Japan; no tsunami alert

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.5 jolted northeastern Japan on Monday, but there were no fears of tsunami, the Meteorological Agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from the 3:26 p.m. quake that was centered in Aomori Prefecture ...

Dec 7, 2015

Four bodies taken from net-entangled boat off Aomori

Four bodies were recovered from a wooden boat found entangled in a fishing net off Aomori Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard said. The boat, spotted Wednesday, may have come from North Korea, according to the Aomori Coast Guard Office. The bodies were recovered Sunday. ...

Cheers to Hirosaki's latest use of its apples

Nov 7, 2015

Cheers to Hirosaki's latest use of its apples

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If you ask someone about Aomori Prefecture, it is likely that the subject of apples would pop up in conversation sooner or later. The city of Hirosaki boasts the title of holding the highest apple crop yields in Japan, producing 160,000 tons of apples ...

Sewing the seeds of new craft ideas

Nov 7, 2015

Sewing the seeds of new craft ideas

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‘I never thought I’d be taking over my father’s position. At first, I wasn’t even interested in the tradition of the stitching,” says Sadaharu Narita, president of crafts company Hirosaki Kogin Kenkyujo. “But now that I’m in that position, I feel grateful that I ...

Sensory overload in Aomori's capital city

Oct 31, 2015

Sensory overload in Aomori's capital city

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I nearly walk by Aomori’s Furukawa market on the first pass, expecting something akin to the cacophony of Tokyo’s central wholesale fish market (known casually to most as Tsukiji). Sliding open the door to the squat building, however, I am assaulted with the not ...

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Jul 31, 2015

Aomori festival won't let 'Star Wars' floats join parade

Organizers of the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, which gets underway this Sunday, will not allow much-awaited floats based on “Star Wars” characters to parade on the city’s streets, fearing they go against the festival’s cultural tradition and would attract too many visitors, causing turmoil. Residents ...

Jul 24, 2015

Team finds microorganisms at deepest-accessed area of Earth

A team of researchers, including Japanese, has found microbial communities inhabiting what is believed to be the deepest area of the Earth accessed to date, the team said. Using the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s Chikyu deep-sea drilling vehicle, the microorganisms were ...