The oldest pottery fragments in the world were discovered in Aomori, dated back to 14,500 BCE—the Incipient Jomon period. People had of course already set foot in Aomori by this time. 10,000 years later, around 4,000 BCE, populations exploded and people began to lead sedentary lifestyles here. For the past 18,000 years, people and things, the birds and fish and beasts of the earth, the winds and clouds and ocean currents have ceaselessly traversed its lands and skies.
You may find the roads they traveled by unraveling the threads of its present-day customs and culture. May this guide aid in deepening your encounters with the art and architecture of Aomori.
Aomori has many museums and works of architecture that are worth a visit. The museums and buildings have been born out of expressions of the times and circumstances in which they were made—created and molded by the local climate and tradition and the people who live here. This map introduces some of the places that have taken root in Aomori so that visitors may see museums and buildings, too, as expressions of the local culture.