Specialty Shop of Aomori Hiba (hinoki cypress)

There’s a specialty shop which saws Aomori Hiba (hinoki cypress) and sells its products in Kazamaura Village in Shimokita Region. The name of the shop is "Waido-no-ki" meaning "our tree".

They produce various kinds of hiba products such as tableware, eating utensils, figurines, ornaments and furniture.

A warm wood stove welcomes you.

Lovely X'mas ornaments

It’s a year of the snake this year. White snakes
are said to be messengers from Benten
(Goddess of treasures) and to bring you money.

(Left) soap dish  (Right) pail for bath

Table with a stuck tray

A set of forks

Floor lamp

Cutting board

Toilet roll holder
(in the restroom of the shop)

Pyrograph on hiba board

Phone (used to be
available to make a call)

Waido-no-ki (also runs guesthouse)
6-7 Okawame, Ikokuma
Shimokita-gun 039-4502
Aomori Prefecture
TEL 0175-35-2147
URL (Japanese only) http://ydonoki.jp/
Directions: Turn left at the village office of Kazamaura along the Hamanasu Line.

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Mystic Waterfall

The Miroku Waterfall was named after the Buddhist priest, Kyugakubo, who fasted for praying to save people from poor crop. As he whorshipped Miroku Bosatsu (Maitreya Bodhisattva), it’s called Miroku Waterfall.

Even though its name is “waterfall”, but the water doesn’t fall vertically. It draws countless white lines of water on the surface of the huge rock for 30m high and 20m wide, and those white lines remind of “somen” which is thin and white noodle made from flour that it’s also called “Somen Waterfall”.

The waterfall looked like a monochrome ink painting of landscape, and some people say it looks like Snoopy.

Rest house. Closed from late November to April.

Forest near the waterfall. This area is popular
for picnic from spring to autumn.

Miroku Waterfall (Miroku-no-taki)
Natsusaka, Takko-machi
Sannohe-gun, Aomori Prefecture

Direction: From the central Takko, drive along Route 104 to the direction of Akita (Odate). Approx. 20 minutes.

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Best Gelato in Aomori

“Namiki” is a gelato shop in Shichinohe Town. You can enjoy various tastes like jersey milk, cheese, coffee, chocolate, sesame and green tea as standard tastes. For the limited time, rum raisin, caramel, cookie & cream, banana, almond and tiramisu are offered. Depending on the season, you can taste mango, black soybeans, blueberry, tomato, apple and pumpkin.

Fresh jersey milk from Kaneko Farm, chemical-free vegetables from local area and seasonal fruits are used as ingredients.

Jersey milk and blueberry
300 yen for double tastes
Wood stove.
Even in winter, you can enjoy
a gelato at a warm place.
The name of the shop comes from
this tree-lined road (“namiki” literally
means tree-lined road).
69 Tatenogashira, Shichinohe-machi
Kamikita-gun, Aomori 039-2505
TEL 0176-62-2646

Kaneko Farm
41 Tsurunokotai, Shichinohe-machi
Kamikita-gun, Aomori 039-2567
TEL 0176-62-6393
URL (Japanese only) http://www.kaneko-farm.jp/

Aomori sightseeing guide "aptinet" http://en.aptinet.jp/


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Nice Slow Café

This is the café “KEKU” located in Nanbu Town in Aomori Prefecture.

They offer very nice slow dishes using vegetables they grow. When I visited there, they could offer eggplant, zucchini, kidney beans, tomato, potato, perilla (beefsteak plant), green pepper, capsicum, mint, Italian parsley and rhubarb from their garden.

Marinade squid salad
Bacon and Chinese cabbage pasta
with pumpkin and cream sauce

Capuccino-1 Heart

Capuccino-2 Bear

Capuccino-3 Rabbit

They offer various kinds of pasta such as tagliolini, pappardelle and garganelli, and also ciabatta and pasta. If you’d like to drop in just for having a coffee/tea break, you can enjoy variety of café, tea and sweets, and also liquors and cocktails too.

Slow Flow Café “KEKU”
Open from 11:00 – 22:00
Closed on Mondays and the 1st & 3rd Tuesday

Address: 7 Tomabechi Shitajuku
              Nanbu-cho, Sannohe-gun
              039-0892 Aomori Prefecture
TEL:        0178-84-3739
URL:      http://www.kekucafe.com

Aomori sightseeing guide "aptinet"  http://en.aptinet.jp/


Nara Yoshitomo's Exhibition

The exhibition "NARA Yoshitomo : a bit like you and me..." is being held at Aomori Museum of Art.

Unfortunately, taking pictures of his works is prohibited, but I'll upload some other pictures instead.

At the entrance gate


Handmade cap

At the shop


Besides the main entrance.

Ticket tub


List of works

Another exhibition being held
at Towada Art Center

Aomori Museum of Art http://www.aomori-museum.jp/en/
Towada Art Center http://towadaartcenter.com/web/top.html
Aomori Sightseeing Guide "aptinet" http://en.aptinet.jp/

Hachinohe Mackerel

Hachinohe City is located at the east coast of Aomori Prefecture, and it’s famous for fishery such as squids and mackerel. Especially mackerel is getting more popular than ever.

Secrets of Off Hachinohe Mackerel

1. The northernmost fishing point for mackerel
Latitude of the fishing point off Hachinohe is 40° 30’, and it’s the northernmost point in Japan. Mackerel caught only in this area is treated as “Off Hachinohe Mackerel”.

2. Low seawater temperature
Mackerel is said that its crude fat increases when seawater temperature goes below 18. The water of the fishing point off Hachinohe drastically becomes cool around September every year.

3. Rich in crude fat
A mackerel caught off Hachinohe and of more than 600g often includes 30% of crude fat, and even smaller one with weight of 400g has more than 15% fat. According to Standard Tables of Food Composition in Japan, the average amount of the crude fat of a mackerel is 12.1%, and it shows how rich fat Hachinohe mackerel has.
Because of the crude fat, Hachinohe mackerel leaves better aftertaste than the one from Northern Europe.

4. Rich in unsaturated fatty acid
Crude fat contains rich unsaturated fatty acid called EPA and DHA which are essential fatty acid for human body, and our body cannot make them itself. Hachinohe Mackerel helps you take these acids.

5. Neighboring fishing point offers you fresh mackerel
Mackerel is very perishable, but the fishing point of Hachinohe Mackerel is only several kilometers away from Hachinohe Port that mackerel is landed freshly keeping good taste.

The followings are what I had at "Saba-no Eki" (Mackerel Station) where you can eat your fill of premium mackerel.

Skewered mackerel and mackerel ball on the left,
and sashimi on the right.

Mackerel slice simmered in miso
(with cheese as a secret ingredients)

(Left) soy sauce marinated
(Right) preserved in miso

With chopped green onion, sprinkled sesame
seeds and red pepper on top.

Slightly roasted.

Rod-shaped mackerel sushi
and senbei-jiru.

Using salted and vinegared mackerel.

Senbei-jiru is salt broth with vegetables,
fish (mackerel in this dish) and
cracked senbei (flour cracker).

Saba-no Eki: 1st floor, Daimatsu Building
                   12 Muikamachi, Hachinohe City
                   031-0033 Aomori Prefecture
                   TEL 0178-24-3839

Aomori Sightseeing Guide "aptinet" http://en.aptinet.jp/

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