Let’s go to the Ringo Kingdom
Apples produced in the Ringo Kingdom are known as the most delicious one in the world, and visitors from various countries come to the Kingdom to buy apples. Also the Kingdom is the one of the leading country of apple production in the world. Therefore in the Kingdom, there are various things and items related apples.
”Foods” in the Ringo Kingdom
The Kingdom, which is the largest producer of apples in Japan, has many foods and drinks made from apples.
In the Ringo Kingdom, we celebrate the memorial days or festivals with “cider” that is an alcoholic drink made from apples. People in the Kingdom love cider and many of them drink it even not on special day.
Kids in the Ringo Kingdom drink a toast with apple juice instead of cider because they can’t drink alcohol. Not only children but also adults love apple juices. The favorite juice of people in the Kingdom is the apple juice made in the Kingdom.
Let’s drink delicious apple juice made in the Ringo Kingdom (Hirosaki City)!
(Japanese)Public Interest Incorporated Association, Hirosaki Bussan Association
A major sweet in the Ringo Kingdom is an apple pie. There are many shops that sell apple pies, and they are different in recipes and tastes by each shop. Therefore you can enjoy those characteristic apple pies in each shop.
Why don’t you find your favor taste of apple pie?
(Japanese)Apple Pie in The Town of Apple (Public Interest Incorporated Association, Hirosaki Tourism and Convention Bureau)
”Sites” in the Ringo Kingdom
In the Kingdom, there are many sites and things dealing with apples.
Apple Park is located in the center of the Ringo Kingdom featuring 1,200 apple trees of 65 kinds. You can learn about history and culture about apples and buy things related apples there. Also in harvest season, you can experience apple picking.。
To know more about Hirosaki Apple Park
(Japanese)Hirosaki Apple Park
Most parts of land in the Ringo Kingdom are apple farms. The Apple Road is the route to go around those apple farms. You can see white apple blossoms in May and red apples in November around.
Why don’t you feel the four seasons?
(Japanese)Apple Road (Public Interest Incorporated Association, Hirosaki Tourism and Convention Bureau)
Apple Farmer’s Market
In the Ringo Kingdom, there are farmer’s markets where people can buy apples directly from farmers. At those markets, you can ask anything about apples and hear bits of knowledge, because farmers in the Kingdom know well about apples.
Let’s find apple farmer’s market in Hirosaki!
(Japanese)Map of apple farmer’s market (Website of Hirosaki City)
Apple Shaped Roadside Traffic Mirror
On the roadside in the Ringo Kingdom, you will see apple shaped traffic mirrors. It is one of idea by the King in order to make travelers enjoy little bit more. It is popular among the visitors impressed like, “It’s cute” or “It’s just the Ringo Kingdom”.
The King likes to see that citizens will enjoy with the apple shaped things in the Kingdom. One of them is manhole turned into apple shape before the Minister realizes. However very few people know that and it becomes rumor where those manholes are.
”Things” in the Ringo Kingdom
There are various things of hand-made by craftsmen in the Ringo Kingdom.
Apple Tree Clipper
It is necessary work to prune branches of apple trees in order to make good apples. It is hard work to trim each tree one by one and the people in the Kingdom use the good specific clipper to prune branches.
To know more about apple tree clippers
(Japanese)Tsugaru Iron Works – Joppari Kanuchi –
The ladders are also necessary tools as well as the clippers. Farmers use them when cutting high branches. The people in the Kingdom are hard workers and they prefer tough, light and longer lasting ladders.
To know more about apple ladders
(Japanese)Gentle! New! Interesting! “Apple Ladders” (Marugoto Aomori)
Citizens in the Ringo Kingdom will get busy when the apple harvesting starts. In order to carry picked apples without harm, they use baskets that are good for apples. They use baskets made from bamboo grass or bamboo, which are old-style.。
To know more about apple baskets
(Japanese)Aomori LOHAS? “Apple Baskets” (Marugoto Aomori)
The wooden and tough apple boxes are used to carry apples harvested. Citizens in the Kingdom will carry those boxes filled with apples by carriage. It can be magnificent view that those apple boxes are gathered in the market, which attract even travelers to the Kingdom.。
To know more about apple boxes
(Japanese)As an interior accessories, “Apple Boxes” (Marugoto Aomori)
FM Apple Wave
It is the radio program that people can listen only in the Ringo Kingdom. It is broadcasting about information of apples, and also useful information for citizen’s life and small news in the Kingdom. Furthermore, citizens practically use it to tell and share their news and information by themselves.
To know more about FM Apple Wave
(Japanese)The Community FM Broadcast Station, providing Hirosaki’s local information, FM Apple Wave
The government in the Ringo Kingdom has a contact only for apple matters, such as advisement or troubles about apples. The ministers of this division work hard in order that more peoples will eat the Kingdom’s apples. They are supporting these number one apples in the world.
To know more about the Apple Division
(Japanese)Hirosaki City Apple Division