The vibe this far up north is surreal. There's just no comparison with Tokyo. People in Tokyo have become too Euro-trashy and confused about what " Japan" is, like just after Meiji period when people starting wearing Western-style dresses and trousers. Aomori is where it all comes together in terms of everything: Great sake; amazing looking women; awesome seafood; wonderful hot spring spas; pristine nature, and so much more. I could say that about all of Tohoku, though. Americans are wholly ignorant about Tohoku. They think radiation radiation whenever they hear the word Tohoku, like Fukushima Daichi is the capitol of Tohoku or something. Tepco poisoned all of Tohoku! You can believe that if you want. There is no Chernobyl here in Japan, and never was.
I arrived at my hotel just after 5:30 when the sun was starting to set. After I got to my room I washed my face and got changed for the evening and headed out with the 60D and a few cold beers in a plastic bag.
The three major festivals (matsuri) in this prefecture are Hirosaki, Aomori city, and Hachinohe. They are all beautiful and they all have illuminated floats. One float costs anywhere from 3 to 6 million yen depending on the sponsor. That's about as much as a brand new car. Below is Mount Fujii.