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    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
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    August 18, 2015
    Kou Sushi in Matsushima
    Matsushima, Miyagi (宮城県松島) is known as one of the three scenic views in Japan. Hidden near Zuiganji is a small sushi bar called, Kou Sushi. Kou Sushi is able to get fresh because it’s located so close to the sea. During the summer, the sushi master highly recommends anago, a type of garden eel (穴子)….read more
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    August 10, 2015
    Tohoku Temples: Chusonji
    Chusonji (中尊寺) was established in 820 A.D. after the fall of the Fujiwara Clan. The temple is connected to the Tendai sect of Buddhism. At one point the temple had dozens of buildings surrounding it but only two remain now. One of the buildings is the Konjikido (金色堂) unfortunately it cannot but photographed, but it…read more
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    August 6, 2015
    Tohoku Summer Festivals: Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri
    The Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri (山形花笠まつり) is considered one of the great festivals of the Tohoku area. Unlike the other festivals in the Tohoku region this one has a rather short history. It was established in 1964. Hanagasa are hats covered in fake safflowers and dancers in the festival wear them as the dance and parade…read more