Layers of artistic heritage in Aomori Prefecture

Travel Apr 12, 2018

Layers of artistic heritage in Aomori Prefecture

by Katherine Whatley

The weather is crisp when I arrive at Shin-Aomori Station via the Tohoku Shinkansen. I'm not surprised, though, the northernmost prefecture on the island of Honshu is known as a cold and isolated place. It's likely thanks to the chillier environment keeping people inside with ...

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

National 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 who ...