19 Facts About Aomori Prefecture


Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Tohoku region.

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Aomori Prefecture captured castles at Ishikawa, Daikoji and Aburakawa, and soon gathered support of many former Nanbu retainers in the region.

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In June 2007, four North Korean defectors reached Aomori Prefecture, after having been at sea for six days, marking the second known case ever where defectors have successfully reached Japan by boat.

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Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost prefecture in the Tohoku region, lying on the northern end of the island of Honshu.

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In 2018, Aomori Prefecture saw the second largest decrease in the number of Japanese citizens out of any prefecture in the country.

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Aomori Prefecture generates the largest amount of wind energy out of the prefectures of Japan, with large wind farms located on the Shimokita Peninsula.

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Aomori Prefecture boasts being the home to Hakkoda cattle, a rare, region-specific breed of Japanese Shorthorn.

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The Aomori Prefecture coast along Mutsu Bay is a large source of scallops, but they are particularly a specialty of the town Hiranai where the calm water around Natsudomari Peninsula makes a good home for them.

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Tsugaru region of Aomori Prefecture is the birthplace of the traditional Tsugaru-jamisen, a virtuosic style of playing shamisen that is deeply intwined with the region's identity and history.

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Aomori Prefecture is where the decorative embroidery styles, kogin-zashi and Nanbu hishizashi originated as more utilitarian techniques during the Edo period.

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Aomori Prefecture hosted the 2003 Asian Winter Games from 1 February to 8 February 2003.

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Aomori Prefecture is slated to host the 80th National Sports Festival of Japan in 2025, though it is likely the event will be postponed for a year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Aomori Prefecture was the winning pitcher for the Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2007 World Series in which Matsuzaka and the Red Sox would defeat the Colorado Rockies.

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Aomori Prefecture coached the team in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics.

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Aomori Prefecture Curling Club was a curling club of the Japan Curling Association from the city of Aomori Prefecture that represented Japan in the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics and several World Curling Championships.

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Maritime transport in Aomori Prefecture operates primarily from the ports of Aomori, Mutsuogawara, and Hachinohe, though smaller ports are found throughout the prefecture.

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Since 1961, the prefectural symbol of Aomori is a green stylized map of the prefecture on a white background, showing the crown of Honshu: the Tsugaru, Natsudomari and Shimokita Peninsulas.

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Japan News Network's affiliate, Aomori Prefecture Television began broadcasting with the call sign JOAI on 1 December 1969.

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Aomori Prefecture's became known for her column about famous Japanese women that began publication in 1897 in the Hochi Shimbun.

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