Four dead after fire burns down farmer's house in Aomori

National Mar 11, 2019

Four dead after fire burns down farmer's house in Aomori

Four people were found dead after a fire gutted a farmer's house Monday in Aomori Prefecture, police and firefighters said. The fire broke out at the wooden two-story home of Mitsuhiro Yashiro, 77, in Hirosaki at around midnight. The blaze was put out six hours ...

Views both old and new of Aomori's Tsugaru

Travel Sep 15, 2017

Views both old and new of Aomori's Tsugaru

by Davey Young

Cut off by the Ou Mountains to the south and far removed from any center of power, Aomori Prefecture's remote Tsugaru Peninsula was largely left to its own devices until the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1573-1603). In the Battle of Sekigahara (1600), different factions of the Tsugaru ...

Aomori's moving castle and other architectural tales

Travel Nov 7, 2015

Aomori's moving castle and other architectural tales

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 ...

National 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>

Events / Events Outside Tokyo May 3, 2013

It's not too late for hanami

by Tomoko Otake

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 ...