• 02気軽に散策したい01
    May 16, 2014
    Easy Getaway to Fresh Greenery in Tohoku, vo.1
    Towada Lake (Aomori): “Fuji for the best mountain, Towada for the best lake, one and only in the entire world,” said Keigetsu Ohmachi once. Towada Lake is admired equally to the world heritage. Oirase gorge surrounded by new green leaves is also recommended for strolling! Oirase Gorge: 
https://www.tohokukanko.jp/aomori/14252/ Hakkoda/Towada Gold Line: https://www.tohokukanko.jp/aomori/hakkoda-towada-goldline/      …read more
  • 01星をながめて01
    May 1, 2014
    Charmed with Stars at Astronomical Observatories Worth Visiting in Tohoku
    Nikkei Plus1 listed top 10 observatories last week, and the only one that went on the ranking from Tohoku is Sendai Astronomical Observatory. It was relocated to the present premises in 2008 to open as one of the largest observatory complexes with a high-powered telescope and exhibition hall in Japan. I’m taking liberty of quoting…read more
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    April 30, 2014
    It’s a must! Additive-free “Apple Veil” Pudding
    Apple flesh from Namioka in Aomori city. Honey from Aomori apple flowers. Natural eggs from Hasegawa Natural Farm. Pasteurized milk from Tonamigaoka Farm. Award-winning Ringo-no Veil (Apple Veil) is made of well-selected ingredients, and finished one by one carefully. It won the first prize in Aomori New Sweets Competition in November 2013. Apple Veil puddings…read more
  • 00 達人お薦め01
    April 25, 2014
    Expert’s Recommendation on Morning Markets Worth Visiting in Tohoku
    Last week, two morning markets (asaichi in Japanese) from Tohoku made an appearance on “Expert’s Recommendation on Asaichi Worth Visitng in Tohoku”, a ranking done by Nikkei Shimbun Plus1. Those two are: Tatehana Wharf Asaichi(Hachinohe City) It is valued for its “market size, a wide variety of items, and a nice atmosphere.” Open every Sunday…read more
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    April 15, 2014
    Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival, from April 15 to May 6
    Sakura Festival (festival of cherry blossoms) in Kitakami Tenshochi started today.  Cherry blossoms here have been listed in the best 100 sakura spots, Michinoku three great sakura spots, sakura pilgrimage No.55 fudasho, and so on.  The flowers bloom in an area that covers 293 hectares (about 724 acres), which is equivalent to 62 Tokyo Domes! …read more
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    April 7, 2014
    Best in Japan Again! Rape Blossoms in Yokohama-machi, Aomori Prefecture
    Widely known for its Nanohana (rape blossoms) festival, Yokohama-machi in Aomori Prefecture has returned to its throne with the biggest seeded acreage of Nanohana flower. Reference URL: Toh-oh Nippo website http://www.toonippo.co.jp/news_too/nto2014/20140405083313.asp   There is no doubt that there is a “huge difference between No.1 and No.2 when it comes to appealing products,” mentioned by a…read more
  • 0218
    February 18, 2014
    Kaminoyama Castle – Get to Know the History and Overlook the Castle Town (Kaminoyama City)
    Walk around the exhibit room explaining details of the city including ‘Kaminoyama Onsen hot spring’ rooting back to one crane, and look across the broad panorama of the castle town from the observation deck. You will be able to appreciate Kaminoyama Castle better, which was known as a great castle in Ushu while having been…read more
  • 0213
    February 13, 2014
    Sembei Soup – Criteria to be Qualified as Local! (Hachinohe City)
    Secret lies in how to crack ‘sembei’ According to Hachinohe Sembei Soup Institute, ”three years is enough for you to master just how to make delicious Hachinohe sembei soup, but you need an eight-year training if you want to keep cracking sembei (crackers) into three equal pieces like the logo of that German car.” Why…read more
  • 0210
    February 10, 2014
    Shirakawa Daruma – ‘Crane and Tortoise’, and ‘Pine, Bamboo, and Plum’ invite Luck (Feb. 11, 2014)
    Matsudaira Sadanobu, who had accomplished one of three greatest revolutionary reforms in the society in the Edo period, injected an idea of producing Shirakawa ‘daruma’ dolls to boost his domains economy. A daruma doll is a piece of folk art, shaped like Dharma and Shirakawa daruma is decorated with crane, tortoise, pine, bamboo, and plum,…read more
  • 0205
    February 5, 2014
    Kaminoyama Rolls – Taste All of Kaminoyama in One! (Kaminoyama City)
    It tastes like all Kaminoyama! All goodies of Kaminoyama City are packed in original Kaminoyama rolled cake. Its dough contains Yamagata’s brand rice ‘Tsuyahime’ and locally produced ‘La France’ pears for fluffy texture with flavor. Healthy ‘La France konjac food’ is wrapped by whip cream with safflowers, which is the flower of Yamagata. Instead of…read more