Day 17: Aomori Prefecture
Day 17 takes us to Aomori, the northernmost prefecture in Honshu. Aomori is also the name of its capital and the prefecture is part of the Tohoku region of Japan with coasts facing both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan.
1. Before the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori was part of which province?
2. If someone asked you, “Nanbo?” (なんぼ？) in Aomori what does it mean?
3. If someone asked you, “Do sa?” (どさ？) In Aomori what does it mean?
4. Juniko Twelve Lakes is a group of how many ponds and lakes that are part of a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site? (Hint: it’s not twelve!)
5. Rice paddy art originated in Japan back in 1993. Which village in Aomori was the first to start this trend?
6. Tamworth has a sister-city relationship with which city in Aomori?
7. What is the name of the style of shamisen music that originated in Aomori?
8. What fruit is Aomori famous for? (Hint: they produce over half of Japan’s market for this particular fruit)
9. What is the unique way that people from Hachinohe in Aomori like to eat their senbei (toasted rice crackers)?
10. Come up with a haiku that best describes the beauty and charms of Aomori.
Answers for Day 16: (1) dragonfly (2) butterfly (3) Mutsu province (陸奥国) aka Ōshū (奥州) or Michinoku (陸奥 or 道奥) (4) Geodude (5) Tono (遠野市) (6) Ryusendo Cave (龍泉洞) (7) Chagu Chagu Umakko Festival (チャグチャグ馬コ) (8) wanko soba (9) Geibikei Gorge (猊鼻溪)