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Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple words…

Ride a Special Pikachu-Themed Train in Japan This Summer 2017!

It is always a pleasure riding luxurious trains in Japan. Besides being free from clusters of people, these trains are amenity-rich and outfitted with hotel-quality sleeping compartments. This coming summer, the “Pokemon with You” Train will be back in service! Though not that luxurious, the train has been designed to give everyone an awesome and…

Experience a Tech-Free, Traditional Japanese Life at This Inn in Iwate

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing the traditional Japanese way of living complete with the serene countryside ambiance and the absence of technology and the city’s bustle? Finding a traditional inn or hotel in Japanese provinces is now made easy given that establishment owners are only one call away. In fact, many accommodation sites are…

10 Things to Do in the Scenic and Less Crowded City of Morioka

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) in the northeastern region of Tohoku (東北) in Japan has the lowest population density in the whole country after Hokkaido (北海道). Its capital is Morioka (盛岡市), a beautiful riverside city with a population of just 299,169 (as of September 2015). Even though it’s a scarcely populated city, it has a lot of…

Feast Your Eyes on Morioka History and Culture Museum’s Exciting Exhibits!

The Morioka History and Culture Museum preserves items related to the history of its city and its rich artifacts. Are you aching to find out more about Morioka? Do you wish you had all the knowledge imaginable regarding this city? Even if you don’t live in Morioka, the stories you may hear are fascinating. I…

Check out Iwate Museum of Art for Fascinating Local Masterpieces and Exhibitions!

Iwate Museum of Art was opened in October 2001 to acquire, research, conserve, preserve, treasure, and honour masterpieces of local artists such as Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto, and Yasutake Funakoshi. Are you an art enthusiast that would like to marvel at these timeless artworks? Are you intrigued by what these artists have to offer? From…

The Mysterious and Beautiful Temple Built into a Cave: Bishamon-do in Iwate

Over a thousand years ago, a Buddhist Temple was built in the rock wall of a cliff in Hiraizumi, Iwate. It was called Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo which was primarily dedicated to the warrior gods of the 9th century. At that time, Japanese territories were expanding northwards which was followed by several battles with Emishi…
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