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Aomori’s Takayama Inari Shrine: Senbon Torii and Cherry Blossoms

Takayama Inari Shrine, in the northern Prefecture of Aomori, is famous for its Senbon Torii gates, framed with cherry blossoms in spring. Since ancient times the shrine has been a popular place for local people who pray for a...

Enjoy the Summer Cheer at the Multicoloured Nebuta Matsuri

'Tis the season to be jolly! In Japan’s case, that means the season of summer festivals. One of the most striking festivals in the whole of Japan is the Aomori Nebuta Festival. Kicking off in early August, it takes place in Aomori...

A Sea of Wisteria Reflected in the Rice Fields Near Odate City

25 years ago, a local farmer planted a wisteria garden as a hobby. Now with around 80 wisteria trees, its blossoms reflect in the newly planted rice field, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. If...