• tep2015_index_top_en
    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
  • DSC_055001
    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
  • ec3bea05e1d910a4d67433330c2af871
    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
  • 11845222_427940220735771_4802002877029917434_o
    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
  • 11890004_974060612647530_6550301956663212102_o
    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
  • 11111066_965983953455196_1615584233442259126_o
    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
  • 11222823_965984146788510_1467171514384678535_o
    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
  • 11822381_965982470122011_7426686079177385832_n
    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
  • 11143519_945358188851106_6430725702615270721_n
    July 20, 2015
    Tohoku Delicacies: Hiyashi Chuka (冷やし中華, Cold Ramen)
    When you think of ramen, I’m sure the image that pop’s in most people heads is the hot soy sauce or miso based noodle soup. However, in the summer when the weather gets to sultry to enjoy such a warm meal, what’s one to do? Sendai, Miyagi came up with an answer and made hiyashi…read more
  • 図2
    April 10, 2015
    Hachinohe is Exciting!
    ■Kabushima in Spring Kabushima is a unique location where visitors can view a seagull breeding ground up close. From March to early August 30,000 seagulls come to the island to raise their young. In May, wild turnip flowers blossom and cover the island in a splendid golden color. ■Spiritual Power Spot Kabushima Shrine is revered…read more