This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Little Kyoto Vol1

Mio’s next journey took her to Hirosaki, known as the “Little Kyoto” of Aomori Prefecture. This charming city is famous for its beautiful castle and historical streets.

Upon arriving in Hirosaki, Mio first visited Hirosaki Castle. The castle is renowned for its cherry blossoms in spring, and Mio enjoyed walking through its lovely gardens and moats. Built in the Edo period, the castle’s architecture and surroundings showcase the elegance of that time. The view from the castle tower was breathtaking, with the natural landscape perfectly complementing the historic structure.

Next, Mio explored the area of old samurai residences in Hirosaki. This district preserves the lifestyle of samurai from the Edo period, with well-maintained houses. She visited the former Iwata family residence and learned about the customs and daily life of the samurai era.

Mio also participated in the traditional Neputa Festival, held every summer. This lively event features giant illuminated floats paraded through the streets. Mio was impressed by the vibrant atmosphere and the community’s enthusiasm, experiencing the local culture firsthand.

Additionally, Mio visited Hirosaki Park. The park boasts beautiful gardens and historical buildings, offering picturesque views throughout the seasons. During the autumn, the park is especially stunning with its vibrant fall colors.

Throughout her visit, Mio was deeply touched by Hirosaki’s blend of history and culture. The city’s scenic beauty and rich traditions provided her with unforgettable experiences. This journey further deepened her appreciation for Japan’s diverse heritage and inspired her future artistic projects.

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