This video features an unfathomable rapping contest that requires subtitles. The contest is between unintelligible comedian, Moromizato, and the people of Aomori and their equally unintelligible dialect. The video has been released to promote Aomori Prefecture tourism and is called “Dis (diss) covery Aomori!”. “Dissing” Aomori Prefecture and representing the Kansai region is the unintelligible comedian, Daisuke Moromizato. He is up against the people of Aomori Prefecture and their equally unintelligible dialect.
What kind of place is Aomori Prefecture – the home of the Tsugaru and Nanbu dialects?
Let’s introduce the attractions of Aomori Prefecture!
What kind of place is Aomori Prefecture?
Starting with the world heritage site of the Shirakami Mountains, Aomori Prefecture is a place with many unspoiled natural landmarks such as the Lake Towada-ko scenic spot, Mt. Hakkodasan, and the Hotokegaura rock formations along the coast of the Shimokita Peninsula.
Its famous festivals include the Aomori Nebuta Festival, the Hirosaki Neputa Festival, the Goshogawara Tachineputa Festival, and the Hachinohe Sansha Taisai Festival, which enliven the prefecture’s short summer.
Many Jomon period ruins such as the Sannai-Maruyama Site and the Korekawa Site have been excavated in the prefecture, where dwellings, earthenware and clay figures have been discovered.
Getting to Aomori City
Coming by air – Takes about 1 hour 20 minutes from Haneda Airport to Aomori Airport.
Coming by train – Takes about 3 hours by Hayabusa (train) on the Tohoku Shinkansen line from Tokyo Station to Shin-Aomori Station.
Three must-go places when you come to Aomori Prefecture!
Ten mountains including the highest peak, Mt. Odake (1,585m), and Mt. Takada-odake, Mt. Idodake are known as Kita (north) Hakkoda; and the six-peak mountains including Mt. Kushigamine are known as Minami (south) Hakkoda. The foot of the Hakkoda mountain range opens cleanly in all directions, so it has many rivers flowing through it, and a picturesque gorge and waterfalls can often be seen upstream. As it is the remains of a volcano, there are traces of fumaroles, such as Jigokunuma, as well as many hot springs.
Sukayu Onsen Hot Spring
A mountain hot-spring hotel that has been running for over 300 years. Preserving a pure and simple elegance of the past, the flocks of Asian house martins that roost in the attic and fly as one through the sky have become a common feature of Sukayu. The all-hiba (type of Japanese cypress)-made large communal bath, “Hiba Sennin-buro” is a highlight, and the bathroom, measuring approximately 265m2, consists of five baths for mixed bathing including “Netsu-no-yu” (hot bath), “Rei-no-yu” (cool bath), “Shibu-rokubu-no-yu” (40-60 bath), “yu-daki” (waterfall bath).
Special historic site: Sannai-Maruyama Site
In addition to many pit dwelling remains, mounds, pillar-supported building remains, and a burial area including the graves of adults and children; a large quantity of earthenware, stoneware and valuable wooden wares and bone and antler artefacts have been excavated. The Jomon Jiyukan (Park Center) attached to the site has a workshop and the Sanmaru Museum, where excavated artefacts are on display.
Three must-eat dishes when you come to Aomori!
One of Aomori’s most famous local dishes, jappa-jiru is cooked using the head and bones (‘jappa’) of codfish, a fish representing the Aomori winter. The broth is flavored with salt and miso to make an essential winter dish. As it is highly nutritious and warms the heart and body, it is a staple Aomori dish often served up at home.
Hotate-yaki miso (Scallops cooked in their shell with miso)
A local dish made by using the large shell of a scallop as a cooking pot, into which scallops, egg and negi green onion are added to the broth and flavored with miso.
Furukawa market’s “Nokke-don”
Known at the local’s kitchen, the Aomori Gyosai Center (also known as Furukawa Fish Market) has a dish called “Nokke-don”, which allows customers to pick toppings from a wide selection to place on top of rice. Whether you want to try a variety of things or enjoy both seafood and meat, it is the ultimate rice dish for choosy eaters.
Three must-buy souvenirs when you come to Aomori Prefecture!
“Ki-ni-naru ringo” apple pie
This is a sumptuous apple pie made with a single, whole Aomori-grown Fuji apple. Using a softly-boiled apple as a filling and then baking the pie is the regular cooking method, but with this product the apple is preserved in syrup and then used without boiling it to preserve the true crunchy bite of the apple.
Tsugaru vidro glass
This was originally a dull green and brown colored glass made in 1986 from sand scooped-up from Shichirinagahama beach in the Tsugaru region (Shichirinagahama sand is no longer used). It is made with the ‘free-blowing’ technology passed down from around the first century B.C. The glass is now made in various colors including green, blue, red, yellow, white, and black.
Koginzashi is a needlework technology that started about 240 years ago. It is said to be a technique practiced by poor farmers at that time to make longer-lasting and warmer garments from hemp, which has poor insulating performance and durability. This technique has been passed on, and products made by this technique look exceptional when finished.
Aomori Prefecture dialect
Shashine… be quiet!
Kaderu… Take somebody into the circle
Idawashii…what a waste!
Why not visit Aomori Prefecture and check out its many other attractions?
Aomori Prefecture tourism information website – APTINET
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