Aomori's moving castle and other architectural tales

Nov 7, 2015

Aomori's moving castle and other architectural tales

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Once every century, Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture experiences an unusual event — the Hirosaki Moving Castle Project — when the city relocates an entire castle using manpower only. This year is that 100th year, and from Sept. 20 to 27, more than 3,200 travelers gathered ...

Aug 6, 2014

Neputa lantern lift apparatus kills festival participant

A man in his 40s who was participating in the Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri Festival in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, was found apparently crushed to death Tuesday evening while getting a huge Neputa lantern ready for the parade, it was reported. The man was from the city ...

It's not too late for <em>hanami</em>

/ May 3, 2013

It's not too late for hanami

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This year's sakura (cherry blossoms) took many people by surprise — especially in the Kanto region. Unusually warm weather in March hastened the peak of the blossoms by a couple of weeks, and by early April, when all the parties by and under the ...