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    January 31, 2012
    Takato Soba in Snow-Blanketed Ouchijuku
    Ouchijuku is a former post town, which connected Aizu Wakamatsu and Nikko. During the Edo period, the town was crowded with a lot of “daimyo (feudal chief)” going up to Edo for an alternate-year attendance and many travelers. About 30 thick thatched roof buildings, which have been restored, line up along the street and house…read more
  • January 27, 2012
    Foreign students on the way
      Blogs here are written by international studying in Japan. They joined tours organized by the Tohoku District Transport Bureau as “monitor”. What did international students find in Tohoku? Read blogs.read more
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    Prosperous Fish Market in Kesennuma
    I went to “Kesennuma Osakana Ichiba (fish market)” which re-opened for business last July. It was closed temporarily following the March 11 earthquake but its cheerful atmosphere is back now! A seafood restaurant attached to the market serving delicious menus of fresh fish in season attracted many customers.read more
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    January 25, 2012
    “Ice Monster” is as usual in Zao!
    With guests from overseas, I visited Zao spa & ski resort on January 18 to stay overnight. The weather was perfect for these two days, guaranteed by local people it was the finest day this winter. We headed to the summit of Mt. Zao by ropeway overlooking at “Juhyo (frost-covered trees)” known as ice monster…read more
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    January 24, 2012
    Half A Day Trip from Sendai to Ishinomaki
    Ishinomaki City in east part of Miyagi Prefecture is famous for its port, one of the leading fishing ports in Japan, with a catch of more than 200 species per year. With a population of approximately 160,000, Ishinomaki is the second largest city in Miyagi following Sendai.read more
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    January 23, 2012
    “Hasshoku Center” for Aomori Delicacies
    Facing the Pacific Ocean, Hachinohe City in Aomori Prefecture offers variety of seafood and marine produce. “Hasshoku Center” is one of the largest markets where more than 60 shops line up along the 170-meter “Big Street”. Strolling along the street to check out fish or Tohoku delicacies in season is simply fun.read more
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    January 16, 2012
    Pray for Health at Dontosai!
    Takekoma Jinja shrine in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, is one of the three major “God Inari” in Japan. I visited there to join Dontosai on January 14.   Dontosai is an annual festival of burning of New Year’s decorations usually held on the grounds of shrines or temples on the day before Koshogatu (New Year’s…read more
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    Farmer’s Restaurant Offers Variety of Vegetable Dishes
    Sendai is a big city of 1.3 million people but a 20-minute drive from the city central brings you to rich farmland where various vegetables are grown. Tasting dishes with not only produce of of the sea but also fresh farm produce is one of Sendai’s specialties. The best-recommended season particularly for vegetable lovers is…read more
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    January 10, 2012
    Power Snow at Urabandai Nekoma Ski Resort
    I went to the Urabandai Nekoma Ski Resort last Saturday, the first day of the three consecutive holidays. I woke up at 3:30 in the morning to get ready, and left for the resort with spirit; all for fully enjoying the best power snow! There is a non-compacted snow trail at the Nekoma Ski Report….read more