Iwate

3 stunning sunrise spots in Tohoku

Japan is often called the land of the rising sun, but where should you go to witness the sun rise over this beautiful land? For those of us travelling to Japan we have probably seen a sunrise whilst struggling with jet lag, from our hotel room or the airport. Even from the plane window! However,…
Hiraizumi

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…

Savor 6 Local In-Season Delicacies From Japan’s Tohoku Region This Autumn!

Have you heard of the Japanese phrase, “shokuyoku no aki (食欲の秋)”? Literally, it means that people have an increased appetite for food during the autumn season, and there are three reasons as to why this theory holds true. First of all, many food items tend to be in-season during autumn where there is a lot…

New, Revolutionary Japanese Taxi Service for Pregnant Women in Iwate!

If you’re a pregnant woman and your due date is approaching, your doctor or midwife will probably ask you how you’re going to get to the clinic or hospital when you go into labor. For those who have a car and somebody to drive them this shouldn’t be a problem, but what about those who…

16 Hilarious Pictograms are Being Used in Iwate Prefecture for Tourists

It can be difficult for foreigners to get around in Japan due to the language barrier, as many locals are not well-versed in English. With the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many more foreigners are expected to make a visit to Japan. As such, authorities are making efforts to reduce the language barrier and make tourists…

3 of the Most Fascinating and Somewhat Unusual Festivals that are Celebrated in Japan!

There are so many festivals that occur in Japan throughout the year; however, some may appear stranger than the others. Nonetheless, these traditional celebrations are fascinating and may even be considered unusual among locals too. So, here is a list of 3 of the strangest festivals that you can experience in Japan. 1. Kokusekiji Sominsai…

Kokuji Ware: A Historic and Beautiful Ceramic Ware Produced in Kuji City

Japan is a land of various delicious cuisines. So most of the time, you’ll normally be served with great dishes complemented by beautiful crockery. But with so many wares being sold in different shops, choosing the best can be very tough. If you’re living in Iwate, it can be easy as pie. A popular ceramic…

10 Unique Japanese Festivals to Celebrate During the Month of February!

Japan has plenty of festivals and almost every other day, there is something or the other happening in Japan. It makes us think Japanese culture is truly a culture of celebration. Japanese festivals are often based around an event with food stalls, entertainment and carnival games to keep everyone entertained. Usually, they are based around…