Hirosaki is one of northern Tohoku's most attractive cities. It's most famous for its sweet apples, and its only real cultural attraction is a small but photogenic reconstructed castle. The town has a very appealing, easygoing nature, and this is suitably reflected in a local slang word, azumashii ("a feeling of coziness and comfort"). There’s also a blue-tinged component to the light that is somehow reminiscent of Santa Fe or Taos, New Mexico.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More