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Greeting early summer in Hirosaki.

Cherry blossoms are over, the flower of apple is in full glory in full bloom now everywhere in Hirosaki greeting early summer. You can enjoy the essence which greeted in full bloom backed by Mt.Iwaki of the remaining snow in the Hirosaki apple park. There are 1300 apple trees of 65 varieties of apples.
In addition, it is time-limited and is lighted up at the night are bring on a fantastic atmosphere.
The flower of apple trees are bloom short like cherry blossom.
There is the value to look very much.

Furthermore, the rape flower and a tulip, the colorful flower including the flower of the azalea bloom on the very large earth in Hirosaki.

How about taking a walk through Hirosaki greeting early summer?

[location Hirosaki City,Aomori Prefecture]

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August 1 to 7,2013 Hirosaki Nuputa Festival

Parade around heroic glorious Neputa, castle town Hirosaki.


Hirosaki Neputa Festival is held from August 1st to 7th of every year, in which Ougi (fan) Neputa, with historical paintings and warrior paintings  parade through the city.

Here in Hirosaki has short summer (because of it located north of Japan) so that this festival marked the beginning of full-blown summer in Aomori.

More than 50 large and small Neputa parades in the city with flutes and drums and wore gorgeous clothes people.


[Dates and times]
Thursday, August 1 to Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Dotemachi route: August 1 to 4  [Starting at 7 p.m.]
Station route:August 5 to 6 [Starting at 7 p.m.]
Dotemachi seventh day route: August 7 [Starting at 10 a.m.]

[Locations]
Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture

[Fees]
Free, but paid pavilion seating is also available

[Access]
To Dotemachi : 10minutes walk from JR Hirosaki Station.

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Hirosaki Fireworks Festival 2012

Hirosaki fireworks festival now has one of the biggest fireworks displays in Hirosaki.  The fireworks display marked the beginning of summer in Hirosaki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Hirosaki Fireworks Festival 2012 started with YOSAKOI dance performances and Shamisen music on June 16th at first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sky was ablaze with fireworks and nearly 50000 people were absorbed in the splendid it. web domain .

Takamaru-kun

  Yuru-kyara (local mascots for PR porposes) are popular everywhere in Japan.  I’m not sure why… but maybe Japanese people love cartoon characters, anime and manga.  So that’s why Japan has many famous local mascots.

 

 There are some Yurukyara here in Hirosaki too.  And my favorite mascot is “Takamaru-kun”.  He is so adorable.  Takamaru-kun named after the Hirosaki castle’s another name, the Takaoka Castle.  “Taka” is a hawk in Japanese.  He was the mascot of 400th anniversary of Hirosaki-jo Castle’s construction.  He is trying hard to promote Hirosaki’s attractions.  

 

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Cherry Blossoms Festival 2012

 

I almost forgot to write about the most beautiful event in Hirosaki.
I went to Hirosaki Park to see cherry trees.  This park is famous for its cherry blossoms.  The blossoms of approximately 2600 trees of Someiyoshino (Prunus yedoensis), Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry), and Shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree) are in bloom from late in April to beginning of May every year.  At the same time, Cherry Blossoms Festival is held when it is the best time to see the cherry trees.

The cherry trees were in full blossom when I went there.

Tunnel of cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms with Hirosaki castel and a full-blown cherry flowers around the moat.  There are such a beautiful view spot at the park.  And also cherry blossoms are illuminated in the evening is fantastic.

You should not miss to see it when you come to Hirosaki in Spring.

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