November 24, 2015
Great news for foreign tourists who are planning on traveling in Tohoku with a rental car!
“Tohoku Expressway Pass”, a special pass that permits unlimited access to expressways in Tohoku to cars with ETC (electronic toll collection system) for between two days to fourteen days, started its service on November 1st! Why not take this opportunity to go on a drive around Tohoku with “Tohoku Expressway Pass”? Please visit NEXCO East…read more
September 9, 2015
Michinoku Coastal Trail
The Japan Ministry of Environment is doing maintenance all along the 700km “Michinoku Shiokaze Trail” which runs from Kabushima in Hachinohe, Aomori to Matsukawaura in Soma, Fukushima. When it’s completed it will be the longest trail in Japan. This is a picture of “Samurai Ishi” (侍石, samurai stone) in Kiji, Iwate. While hiking the mountains…read more
September 8, 2015
Know Your Culture: Hot Springs (温泉）
Hot springs are a central part of Japanese culture. Hot springs, or ‘onsen’ in Japanese, are one of the best things to visit in Japan, where they’re a massive tourist draw. Onsen are usually in rural areas, where they serve as a hotel, resort and spa. The area where Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata meet is…read more
September 1, 2015
What “the Taste of First Love” would be like?
What “the Taste of First Love” would be like? Do you have any idea? Strangely enough, in Japan, the taste of first love is said to be “sweet and sour.” How about in your country? Is this universal? By the way, “the First Love Soft Serve” is very popular at cafe “Ponte,” which is located…read more
August 25, 2015
Ichinoseki Dango (一関団子)
While at the Gembikei Gorge I noticed that a lot of people were eating dango, a rice ball treat. I soon realized that it was the local treat of Ichinoseki. I’ve lived in Japan for more than seven years now and this was the first time that I had the pleasure of eating freshly made…read more