『Connect + Dance in Hirosaki Project2022
Hirosaki City belongs to the western area of Aomori prefecture.
It developed as a castle city under the Hirosaki Clan and is currently still one of the main cities in the Tsugaru region/ which includes the Hirosaki Metropolitan Area with a population of around 300,000 (three thousand hundred) as of 2010.
It is a city surrounded by nature with the Hakkoda Mountains to the East, Mt.Iwasaki to the West, and World Natural Heritage Site Shirakami Mountains to the South West.
One of the main industries and specialties of Hirosaki City is apples.
Hirosaki produces the most apples in all of Japan, and has unique growing and management techniques which also supports Hirosaki Park, which is famously known as Japan’s greatest spot to see cherry blossoms in the spring where you can enjoy over 50 varieties(vuh·rai·uh·teez) and a total of 2600 trees.
Every year, many people from all over the world come to visit Hirosaki City.
Hirosaki city celebrates all seasons, with the cherry blossom festival in spring, the Neputa festival in summer, the autumn leaves festival in the fall, and the snow lantern festival in the winter.
The Choshoji Temple Structures are designated as a national historic site, which is an area of Zen temples to the South West of Hirosaki Park with the Tsugaru family’s temple known as Chosoji Temple at the very end and a unique case of 33 Soto Zen temples gathered from different areas of Tsugaru.
There are many other historic sites such as the Aomori Bank Museum which is a national important cultural property constructed in 1904 as 第五十九銀行本店本館（Daigojuukuginkohontenhonka）,
Saisyouin Five-storied Pagoda, the Nakacho houses which are a preservation district for groups of traditional buildings,
the former Hirosaki City Library and other Western-style buildings constructed in the Meiji and Taisho Era,/ and many buildings designed by Kunio Maekawa, one of the greatest modern architects of the Showa Era.
Tsugarunuri, is a traditional technique passed down for over 300 years and uses Aomori’s local cedar(HIBA) which is known as one of Japan’s three most beautiful trees.
It takes over 2 months of more than 40 processes including multiple brushings and polishings of color lacquer.
In 1975, Tsugarunuri was designated a national traditional craft, and is still being passed on to younger lacquer craftsmen.