Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Beer Terrace 2017 at A-Factory

Beer Terrace 2017 at A-Factory ビアテラス・アット・エーファクトリー

Enjoy cold beers with an ocean view on a hot summer night!
Beer Terrace 2017 at A-Factory poster 平成29年ビアテラス・アット・エーファクトリー ポスター 青森市 Aomori City

Date: June 9-August 31, 2017 (closed during Nebuta, Aug. 1-8)
Time:
    Weekdays: 18:00-21:00 (20:30 last order)
    Saturdays: 16:30-21:00 (20:30 last order)
    Sundays: 17:00-20:00 (19:30 last order)
Location: A-Factory 1st Floor Terrace (map)
Cost: 1500yen (90min all-you-can-drink)
(food NOT included; available for purchase 500yen~)

Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri 2017

Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri (Insect & Fire Festival)
奥津軽虫と火まつり
Official Website (Japanese): http://goshogawarajc.com/matsuri/

This is a festival to ward off insects that harm the rice fields. It originated from "mushi okuri"(literally "sending off (driving away) insects"). Large "insects" with wooden heads and straw bodies were paraded down the street and then hung up at the entry points to the village to ward off insects. From 1983, the city decided to combine the mushi okuri festival with "fire"--another powerful symbol for warding off bad things--to give birth to the Mushi to Hi Matsuri.

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 18:00-21:00
Location:Goshogawara City Hokuto Ground 五所川原市北斗グラウンド (map)
Parade Route & Road Closure Map
(Blue = Parade Route; Red = Road Closures)
Okutsugaru Mushi to Hi Matsuri 2017 road closures parade course map 平成29年奥津軽虫と火まつり案内図 交通制限・運行コース 五所川原市 Goshogawara City Insect & Fire Festival
Admission: Free
Events/Attractions:
  • 9:00-18:00 "Mushi Okuri" Float Displays
    (In front of Goshogawara Station (map) & Tachineputa No Yakata (Tachineputa Museum) (map))
  • "Mushi Okuri" Float Parade
  • Bonfires
  • & More!

Goshogawara City Hokuto Ground 五所川原市 北斗グラウンド


More Information:
Official Website (Japanese): http://goshogawarajc.com/matsuri/
Okutsugaru Sightseeing Website, "The festival 'Mushito Himatsuri'" (English): http://www.okutsugaru.com/e/shichoubetu/goshogawara/mushitohimatsuri.html

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Yosakoi Tsugaru Carnival 2017

Yosakoi Tsugaru Carnvial 2017
第18回よさこい津軽
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hcci.or.jp/txt/yosakoi

Yosakoi Tsugaru is a mix of Kochi Prefecture's Yosakoi Festival and Hokkaido's Yosakoi Soran Festival. It features a mix of parade and stage style performances along Hirosaki's central shopping arcade, Dotemachi.

Date: Sunday, June 25, 2017 (Rain or Shine!)
Time: 9:30-15:30

Location: Hirosaki City, Dotemachi 弘前土手町通り (Map)
(Road closures in effect from 9:00-16:00)
Admission: Free

Hirosaki City, Dotemachi 弘前土手町通り


More Information:
Official Event Website (Japanese): http://www.hcci.or.jp/txt/yosakoi

Old Hirosaki City Fireworks Gathering 2017

Old Hirosaki City Fireworks Gathering 2017
第12回古都ひろさき花火の集い2017
(Koto Hirosaki Hanabi no Tsudoi)
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hiro-hanabi.com/

Enjoy an evening of fireworks by Iwaki River in Hirosaki City.
Old Hirosaki City Fireworks Gathering 2017 poster 平成29年第12回古都ひろさき花火の集い 弘前市 ポスター Koto Hirosaki Hanabi no Tsudoi Old Hirosaki City Fireworks Gathering 2017venue & road closures map 平成29年第12回古都ひろさき花火の集い 弘前市 会場案内図・周辺交通制限マップ Koto Hirosaki Hanabi no Tsudoi

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017 (May be postponed to June 18 in the event of strong rain/winds)
Time: 15:00-21:00
Location: Hirosaki Iwaki River Floodplain Sports Park (Akudo District)
弘前市岩木川河川敷運動公園(悪戸地区)(Map)

Friday, 28 April 2017

Pizza Carnival in Shichinohe 2017

6th Pizza Carnival in Shichinohe 2017
第6回ピザカーニバルin七戸

Try original pizzas from 12 different shops!

6th Pizza Carnival in Shichinohe 2017 poster  平成29年 第6回ピザカーニバルin七戸 ポスター

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 10:00-14:30*
(*Shops may close earlier if they sell out)
Location: Shichinohe Central Shopping Arcade (七戸中央商店街) (Map)
Admission: Free (purchase required for pizzas)



More Information:
Base of the Trip, Shichinohe Tourism Website (Japanese): http://www.shichinohe-kankou.jp/event_detail?id=00006957

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Hirosaki Apple Blossom Festival 2017

Hirosaki Apple Blossom Festival 2017
弘前りんご花まつり
(Hirosaki Ringo Hana Matsuri)

Enjoy the sight of apple blossoms blooming with snow-capped Mount Iwaki in the background.

Hirosaki Apple Blossom Festival 2017 flyer front 平成29年 弘前りんご花まつり チラシ表 Ringo Hana Matsuri Hirosaki Apple Blossom Festival 2017 flyer back 平成29年 弘前りんご花まつり チラシ裏 Ringo Hana Matsuri

Date: May 6-14, 2017
Time: 10:00-21:00
Location: Hirosaki Apple Park 弘前りんご公園 (map)
Admission: Free (some paid events)

Inakadate Rice Field Art 2017

Inakadate Rice Field Art 2017
第25回田舎館村田んぼアート
Inakadate-mura Tanbo Art)

The theme for this year's rice field art is "Yamata no Orochi & Susanoo-no-Mikoto*" for the main site and "Momotaro" (Peach Boy) for the second site (Michi no Eki Inakadate "Yayoi no Sato").

(*Japanese myth from the "Kojiki" about Susanoo-no-Mikoto slaying the 8-headed dragon "Yamata no Orochi.")

2017 Rice Field Art Site 1 "Yamata no Orochi & Susanoo-no-Mikoto" Inakadate Viewing Platform (Village Office) 平成29年度「ヤマタノオロチとスサノウノミコト」第1田んぼアート田舎館村展望台(田舎館村役場)
2017 Inakadate Rice Field Art Site 2 "Momotaro" (Peach Boy) Michi no Eki "Yayoi no Sato" (Yayoi no Sato Viewing Area) 平成29年「桃太郎」第2田んぼアート道の駅いなかだて「弥生の里」(弥生の里展望所)

Date:
・ Site 1: June 5-October 9, 2017 (closed Sunday October 1, 2017 for rice harvesting)
・ Site 2: June 17-October 9, 2017
  Recommended viewing period: Mid-July to Mid-August
  Check the status of the rice fields beforehand using the live camera feeds