Trivia Trap

Aomori Learnin’

Congratulations to…no one! This was a challenging one, but it means that, for maybe the first time in Trivia Trap history, next month will be a BUMPER ROLLOVER PRIZE

Read on to see how you could’ve snagged that sweet ¥1000-value loot…

By Peter Underwood

Happy New Year! We here at Trivia Trap hope you had a fun and fab winter break, wherever you went and whatever you did. Now that you’re back, get ready to face the coldest part of winter in Aomori. IT’S COMING, PEOPLE.

Speaking of Aomori, this month’s Trap is about, well, Aomori.

(You can find last issue’s winner here!)

The prizes this month are, as usual:

1)¥1000 Starbucks gift card
2) Mysterious Mystery Box of Mysterious Mystery! Tell us what kind of stuff you’re into, and place your faith in me to deliver a worthy prize. It could be anything–even a ¥1000 Starbucks gift card!


Let’s begin!

A couple of weeks back, I was looking up facts about Aomori to tell my family back home, and found out that Aomori’s prefectural bird is the swan. However, when I asked my colleagues what kind of swan, two teachers very confidently gave different answers. This led to a bit of a debate, and I realised that if even my teachers don’t know, then we ALTs could certainly benefit from learning some useless but interesting Aomori Trivia. And what better way to get that trivia out there than through our very own Trivia Trap?

The Trivia Trap

  1. As mentioned above, Aomori’s prefectural bird is the swan–but there seems to be a little confusion (both on the internet and in my staff room) about exactly what breed of swan that is. What are the two swan breeds fighting for Aomori dominance?
    • The two breeds were the Whooper Swan, and the Berwick or Tundra swan, as claimed alternately by Japanese tourism sites, the Aomori local government page, my teachers and wikipedia.
  2. Aomori is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. What is the name given to the collection of ponds and lakes in it?
    • Juniko, The Twelve Lakes (there are actually 33!)
  3. Aomori prefecture is linked to “Sister Regions” all over the world, each having their own regional symbols and icons. Which of these areas has a regional symbol now wholly owned by a Japanese company, and what is that symbol?
    • The State of Maine (one of Aomori’s sister regions) has a State Soft Drink called Moxie – Moxie is currently wholly owned by Kirin Holdings!

As always, use any means necessary to find the answers to the questions. Send your answers to Answers are due by Friday, February 12th! The winner will be announced in the March Vol. 1 issue of Good Morning Aomori.

Do you have any interesting trivia or facts you want to share with the Aomori crowd? If your trivia is chosen, you’re automatically entered into the prize drawing! E-mail us at


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