Aomori

Showa Daibutsu in Aomori

Showa Daibutsu at Seiryu-ji

Today we head to the suburbs of Aomori to explore a very recently built temple grounds that boasts of Showa Daibutsu, the largest seated Buddha in all of Japan.

After a lot of ifs and buts, we eventually decided to visit the Seiryu-ji Temple The weather around Aomori had been overcast with regular spells of rains Seiryu-ji Temple (青龍寺) is located in suburb of Aomori city It has on its premises some beautiful buildings including a five-story pagoda built exclusively using Aomori Hiba wood Along with the temple grounds we were particularly interested in exploring the huge Showa Daibutsu, with height of 2135 meters, which is Japan’s largest seated bronze statue of Buddha, even larger than one of Nara or Kamakura Aomori Station to Seiryu-ji We took the earliest
Aomori Bay at dawn

Aomori Bay

Aomori is mainly known for producing apples, and inevitably, the area offers all kinds of apple-based culinary delights: warm apple juice, apple mousse and apple pies to name just a few. But I love the refurbished port area, which now offers the opportunity for beautiful walks by the water.

Aomori is mainly known for producing apples But it was not always so The first apple saplings were imported in Japan around the year 1871 In the spring of 1875, the Department of Industry Promotion from the Home Ministry sent three apple saplings to Aomori prefecture The apples that were grown on the grounds of the Aomori Prefectural Office were the beginnings of Aomori’s apples Since then Aomori apples have come a long way Today most of the shops in the city will inevitably offer numerous kinds of apple-based culinary delights Today however I am going to talk about one of the most photogenic spots in Aomori – the Aomori Bay
Nebuta Museum WA RASSE

Nebuta Museum WA RASSE

The Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE is a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival. At the museum you can experience every aspect of the festival. On display are 4 full-sized floats that participated in the festival in August, and Nebuta Faces that show the individuality of their respective creators

This is my second visit to Nebuta Museum WA-RASSE It is a facility that introduces the history and charms of the Aomori Nebuta Festival Every year the best floats from the Nebuta Festival – which runs between 2-7 of August, are exhibited at the facility for the next 12 months So, in a way no two visits to the Nebuta House will ever be the same I have written an in-depth article on the nuances of the Nebuta festival and how the museum facilitates the unique tradition in the Aomori prefecture You can more about it here [ngg src=”galleries” ids=”116″ exclusions=”2137,2138,2139,2140,2141,2142,2143,2144,2146,2147,2149,2150,2148″

Warrior dolls of Aomori Nebuta Museum

The Nebuta summer festival is a spectacular event held in Aomori Prefecture of Japan, where massive paper lantern floats based on kabuki or mythical stories, flanked by large taiko drums, musicians and dancers parade through the city. For those like me who missed the festival, the floats are kept back at the Museum to enjoy throughout the year.

Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of the largest Japanese festivals in the Tōhoku region It is held every year at the beginning of August Unfortunately I missed it by a whisker However there is still a ray of hope for people like us if you visit Aomori during a different period of time, you can still enjoy a part of its beauty at the Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum The Wa Rasse Nebuta Museum in Aomori showcases some of the most spectacular Nebuta Floats from Aomori’s annual Nebuta Matsuri The museum is a great place to learn about the world-famous festival and everything Nebuta It walks the visitors through the history of Nebuta and it’s
Hirosaki Castle

An evening at Hirosaki Castle

We dropped by Hirosaki Castle today, the only remaining castle from the Edo period in the Tohoku area of Japan. Built in 1611, the castle is renowned for the weeping Sakura blossoms in its surrounding park.

After a lovely time at the Tambo Art fields, we set off for one of the most beautiful castles in Tohoku region Hirosaki Castle (弘前城) is a hirayama-style Japanese castle constructed in 1611 The present tower however was rebuilt in 1810 in the late Edo period (1603-1867) after a fire destroyed the original in 1627 It was the seat of the Tsugaru clan, who ruled over Hirosaki domain in the Mutsu Province, now known as central Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture Tambo Art Fields to Hirosaki From Tamboato Station, we took the local to Onoekoko-Mae Station and from there another train on the Konan Line all the way to Hirosaki Station
Godzilla Tambo Art

Inakadate Tanbo Art

We took the train to Inakadate to witness the Tambo Art. Tambo Art is an art form originating in Japan where people plant rice of various types and colors to create a giant picture in a paddy field. The massive pictures are elaborately designed using perspective drawing methods to make them look their best when seen from a nearby observation platform.

Today we head down to Inakadate to witness the interesting Tanbo Rice Art fields Inakadate is one of the older places on Earth where rice cultivation was initiated In 1993, in order to honor this 2000 year old history, the people of this quaint village started a rice field behind the town hall and created a picture of Mt Iwaki using the paddy as a canvas Since then each year, the villagers create a new graphic using colored paddy that attracts visitors from far lands to see this innovative art We woke up to a beautiful sunny day in Aomori I was still under the spell of the magical sunset that swept us off
Aomori Bay

A magical sunset in Aomori

We went for a stroll along the Aomori bay at dusk. As the sun gradually sunk into the Japan Sea, we were treated to a magical sunset. There is nothing more enchanting or enticing as Mother Nature. So just stop whatever you are doing. Leave the desk, couch or whatever and go out, and witness the golden moments that are passing you by.

There are days and there are Days Today was one such day of days or more realistically, evening We were treated to one of the most memorable sunsets of our lives at Aomori Bay It was 430 pm by the time we arrived back to Aomori Station from our somewhat educational trip to the ruins of Sannai-Maruyama JR Aomori Station We walked back to the APA Hotel where we were staying for the duration of our trip in Aomori We got refreshed and then ventured out for a walk along Aomori Bay Aomori City Aomori is the northernmost prefecture of
Watchtower at Sannai Maruyama Ruins

Ruins of Sannai-Maruyama

We step back in time to the Jōmon period at the Sannai-Maruyama Ruins. The ruins in the southwest of Aomori is the largest ruins of a Jōmon-period village in Japan. Most of the excavated items have been reburied for preservation, but a few excavation sites and artifacts are on display along with reconstructed dwellings, giving us a sense of the daily life of ancient times.

Today I visit the ruins of Sannai Maruyama in Aomori Discovered in 1992, the Sannai Maruyama Archaeological Site is the largest and one of the most complete and best-preserved Jōmon Period (13000-300 BC) village in Japan  Morioka to Aomori I and my wife, Ranita were on a short tour of Tohoku region We were thoroughly refreshed from our previous day at Jōdogahama beach in Iwate The day was bright and sunny as we checked out of our hotel and walked down to Morioka Station to catch the train to Aomori As we entered the JR Station, we were quite pleased to see it was still decorated, in lieu of

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