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Sakura in Hirosaki City

5 Jul

hirosaki-6-640x360Hirosaki is a city in western Aomori Prefecture known for its beautiful castle and cherry blossoms. The city holds a Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) every year from April 23 to May 5. Read more


Japan’s Most Beautiful Armor Rests in Aomori

7 Jan

Kushihiki Hachiman-gu

Kushihiki Hachiman-gu is a historical shrine in Hachinohe, Aomori, dating back to 1166. Because of its long history, the shrine owns many treasures, including two sets of armor designated as National Important Cultural Properties. I was surprised to learn that some of the country’s most beautiful samurai armor could be found in a small city in Aomori. Read more

Autumn Starts in Daisetsuzan

7 Nov


Last month I visited Shibetsu City, Hokkaido, to give a lecture on music therapy. On the way back home I saw beautiful autumn leaves and wild animals in Daisetsuzan National Park, the largest national park in Japan.

The Ainu called this area Kamui Mintara, meaning Playground of Gods. When you see the majestic mountains, it’s easy to understand why. Check out my new article, “Autumn Starts in Daisetsuzan.”

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