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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…

Celebrate Summer 2018 in Japan with These 9 Awesome Festivals in the Tohoku Region

Summer in Japan is mostly about festivals. In Tohoku alone, more than 10 summer festivals are celebrated! Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it? Here are some of the best summer festivals in Tohoku that you should not miss. Quick! Jot down the details! 1. Hachinohe Sansha Taisai A float procession, portable shrines, and a tiger dance –…

8 Wonderful Places to Visit in Matsushima, One of Japan’s Most Scenic Areas

Matsushima is a group of islands located in the middle of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Surrounded by bodies of water, Matsushima is a great place for tourists looking to experience the natural beauty of Japan. In this article are some places that tourists can visit when in Matsushima! 1. Matsushima Bay jp.fotolia.com/ Matsushima Bay is considered…

What to Buy in Fukushima in 2018: 10 Local Sweets Perfect for Souvenirs

Fukushima Prefecture has a lot of popular food souvenirs such as cake, manju, pie, etc. Here are 10 delicious treats that you should buy and bring back home when you visit Fukushima! 1. mamador (ままどおる) mamador is a mini cake that is a classic souvenir from Fukushima. It tastes like milk and butter and has…

Do You Know What “Namahage” Is? Find Out at This Museum in Akita, Japan!

If the Western culture has a trick or treat custom wherein kids dress up in scary costumes to play a prank or receive sweets from house owners, in Japan, particularly in Akita Prefecture, grown men in frightful demon masks will come knocking on your door. This is called the Namahage visit. It used to take…

Check Out These 8 Local Cuisines to Try In Tohoku!

Tohoku is a vast area located in the north of Japan, right below Hokkaido. It is surrounded by mountains and sea areas, which is why it is known for its amazingly fresh and beautiful cuisine. If you are planning to visit the area of Tohoku, you will be impressed by the fresh ingredients, the variety…

5 Recommended Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Japan’s Tohoku Region

For the best cherry blossom viewing experience in the Tohoku region, which is located in the north of Japan right below the island of Hokkaido, it is best to follow the direction of the sakura bloom from south to north. The flowers usually bloom from the end of March until the end of April. Let’s…

4 Amazing Spots to Check Out in Tohoku Region’s Largest City, Sendai

Despite being the largest city in Japan’s Tohoku region, Sendai is not that famous for tourism. However, as it is home to the Sendai International Center where several international meetings and conferences are held, the city still sees a considerable number of foreign visitors. Here are four places easily accessible from the convention center, perfect…

Touch the Horizon at the Bandai-Azuma Skyline in Fukushima

Fukushima is a beautiful prefecture in Japan famed for its natural beauty and friendly people. Although many tourists may not think to visit Fukushima or have concerns about radiation in the region, I would highly recommend taking a chance and exploring this gorgeous place. One spot in particular which draws many nature lovers is the…
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