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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 writings in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple…

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…

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…

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…

Check Out Japan’s Version of New Zealand Culture in Tohoku!

In the mountains of Iwate nestles a deteriorating theme park known as Tohoku New Zealand Village. It was built based on Japan’s idea of New Zealand culture. The village is quite charming where you are likely to see alpacas, sausages and unique architectures. There are also a few attractions such as rides and performances by…

Ishiwarizakura: See Japan’s Ancient Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree in Full Bloom!

Japan care very deeply about this particular cherry tree as it is 400 years old and signifies the coming of spring. Also, its beloved pink and white blossoms is a masterpiece for all to enjoy. Furthermore, for those who love nature and gardening, this is definitely a wonderful sight to see. Where It Began  …