Tohoku

Enjoy a Dinner Date with Hatsune Miku at this Cafe in Japan!

Dining out alone can be nervewracking, especially if it’s your first time in a new city. Thanks to the dawn of smartphones, it is now easier to peruse the wonder of the internet rather than twiddling your thumbs before your order arrives. There are so many things to keep you busy on the internet but…

Seeking Self-Discovery? Try Out Yamabushi-do Training in the Japanese Mountains!

Yamabushi are Japanese mountain people who believe in connecting with nature in order to gain inner power. These people usually make pilgrims to temples and shrines, pray and study hard, perform rituals and help villagers to understand their religion. As of this year, Megurun Inc. and Daishobo, a pilgrim lodge, are launching a mountain training…

Savour the Goodness of Akita’s Local Flavours with Japanese Dish Kiritanpo!

At the mention of Akita Prefecture (秋田県), what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it beautiful snow-covered scenery during winter? Or the famous hot springs at Nyuutou Onsen (乳頭温泉) nestled within Towada-Hachimantai National Park (十和田八幡平国立公園)? Or Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉) featuring the charm of the old Showa era (昭和時代)? Akita has an abundance of…

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…

Heading to Tohoku, Japan? Here Are 3 Delicious Local Noodles to Try!

Tohoku (東北) consists of the northeastern portion of Honshu (本州), the largest island of Japan. This traditional region consists of six prefectures – Akita (秋田), Aomori (青森), Fukushima (福島), Iwate (岩手), Miyagi (宮城), and Yamagata (山形). Tourism is a major industry in the Tohoku region. When you visit, do not miss out on these three…

6 Things to See in Sendai’s Gorgeous Hidden Treasure of Shrines and Temples

Sendai (仙台) is a beautiful city set within the prefecture of Miyagi (宮城県). Famous for its beef tongue, kokeshi dolls, and Feudal Lord Date Masamune (伊達政宗), is it a major stop on the Tohoku (東北) trail. Linked by shinkansen (bullet train; 新幹線), it’s only a 90-minute ride from Tokyo. Yet despite its fame, there is…

Following the Yamagata Mountain Pilgrimage of One of Japan’s Greatest Poets

The Mountain Temple has long been synonymous with haiku master Matsuo Basho (松尾芭蕉) and his immortal travel log, Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道; The Narrow Road into the Deep North). Its very name evokes feelings of mystery and tranquility. Situated in the Yamagata (山形) region of the beautiful Tohoku (東北), Yamadera (山寺), meaning “mountain temple”, is…

Make Your Own Little Bonsai Tree At This Shop in Miyagi Prefecture!

There has been a recent trend on social media for succulents and cute potted plants; they seem to be all over social media sites like Instagram and Tumblr. This miniature potted plant trend has merged with the traditional Japanese bonsai (盆栽) to create easy-to-make and cute miniature bonsai trees! The Shop 1000’s BASE (センズベース), pronounced…

Try This Restaurant in Japan’s Tohoku Region with Its Unusual Mashed Potato!

What do you imagine when you hear mashed potatoes? The typical white mush, occasionally seasoned with oregano or black pepper? Well, there is actually a store in the Tohoku (東北) region called NORMA that offers a new kind of dish that will make you question all of the mashed potatoes you’ve ever eaten. Potato Cream…
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