14 Facts About Aomori


Aomori is the capital city of Aomori Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of Japan.

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Aomori is one of Japan's 60 core cities and the core of the Aomori metropolitan area.

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Aomori literally means blue forest, although it could possibly be translated as "green forest".

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However, the municipality of Aomori was not given town status within Higashitsugaru District until 1 April 1889, with the establishment of the modern municipalities system.

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In September 1891, Aomori was connected with Tokyo by rail with the opening of the Tohoku Main Line.

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The development of modern Aomori was primarily due to its prefectural capital status and the singular importance as the terminus of these rail lines and the Seikan Ferry, which officially opened in 1908.

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On 1 October 2002, Aomori was proclaimed a core city, granting it an increased level of local autonomy.

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On 1 April 2005, Aomori absorbed the town of Namioka to create the new and expanded city of Aomori; but lost a portion of Namioka to the town of Fujisaki on 1 September 2007.

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Original name of the Aomori was Uto, named for the Rhinoceros auklet, a seabird that is closely related to the puffin.

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Per Japanese census data, the population of Aomori has remained relatively steady over the past 40 years.

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Aomori serves as the regional commercial center for central Aomori Prefecture.

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Aomori Station has been the main station of the city since 1891.

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Aomori is the only prefectural capital in Japan which has no national university, instead, nearby Hirosaki became the site for the prefecture's highest educational facility.

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Aomori has hosted several international curling events, two in 2003, and the local women's "Team Aomori" was selected to represent Japan at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy and at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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