Hirosaki Park, Aomori is one of the best locations for a superb view of Sakura cherry blossom in Japan. More than 2,600 cherry trees have been attracting Japanese and foreign travelers for a long time in the park surrounding Hirosaki Castle.
Sakura Miku is a derived virtual idol of Japanese “vocaloid” performer Hatsune Miku, which was inaugurated as an official character at the 2019 and 2020 Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival.
This year was the 100th anniversary of the sakura festival but was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. However, the Hirosaki Tourism and Convention Bureau declared Sakura Miku would remain as an official character and the fantastic collaboration between Sakura Miku and Cherry festival will come back in 2021.
After a press release on July 22 2020, a huge screen of Sakura Miku was displayed at the entrance of Hirosaki station, which says “See you with the 101st blooming of sakura cherry blossoms”.
To compensate for the canceling of this year’s festival and encourage people with a beautiful view of sakura, Sakura Miku presented a festival’s after report movie “101st sakura” on YouTube on June 16, which was viewed more than 50,000 times in 24 hours and gained more than 10,000 likes and 1,000 comments from all over the world.
The tourism bureau also declared that they will keep working on collaboration projects until next year. Here are some exciting things upcoming for fans of Sakura Miku.
Train feat. Sakura Miku
This kawaii train has been running on Konan Tetsudo Railway’s Oowani line since 2019 and can be ridden until next year’s sakura festival. There is only 1 train so you are super lucky if you can happen to see it. Good luck!
Taxi feat. Sakura Miku
There is only 1 taxi but you can book it by calling (0172-33-3333). You need an extra fee of 1,000 yen for this designated taxi but it is worth it! People might wait for more than 5 hours to ride on it after booking.
Sakura Miku Museum
This collaboration between Sakura Miku and Hirosaki presents illustrations and character goods displayed and sold at the museum. The museum is temporarily settled at the Hirosaki Tourism Information Center until next year. The biggest reason why you should visit is there are some original goods sold only there in the museum. From original posters, mug cups, key chains, to T-shirts etc., Sakura Miku special goods are great souvenirs.
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Sakura Miku Museum (Hirosaki Tourism Information Center)
Address: 94-1, Dotemachi, Ooji, Hirosaki City, Aomori (弘前市大字土手町94-1)
Access: 100 yen city round bus from Hirosaki Station
Sakura Miku sings in the song “101st sakura”,
“The flower never losing youth gently asks me “Are you all right?”
Can I believe I will see you again?
The spring I believe in a miracle
Couldn’t stop a tear ran down”
Let us believe we can get through difficult times and hope for a reunion. See you again for sure!
Please refer to the official websites and Twitter accounts for opening times and up-to-date information.