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Sakata

The Hina dolls of Sakata

The Shonai area located in Yamagata is formed up of Sakata and Tsuruoka City. In the past, Sakata flourished as a port for Kitamaebune ships, and as a result became a melting pot for...
Tsuruoka hina dolls

The Hina dolls heirloom of Tsuruoka

Northwest of Yamagata-ken lies Tsuruoka town, an important region during the Edo period due to the powerful Sakai family’s presence in the Shonai Domain then. The former Sakai residence, now known as the Chido...
Hina dolls

The Hina dolls of Murakami

Located in the north of Niigata-ken lies Murakami-shi, a once powerful jokamachi ( 城 下 町 , castle town) back in the Edo period. Its legacy can still be seen and even felt till...

Yamadera, Mogamigawa and Kisakata

Nostalgic and Picturesque Yamadera and Mogamigawa On our way to Yamagata-ken, we made a detour to drop by Hojin- no-ie Inn, the only remaining inn out of the ones that Matsuo Basho stayed in. According...

Encounter Pure Land Buddhism in Hiraizumi

After arriving at Iwate-ken, we enjoyed a calming cruise down Geibikei, a gorge with impressive limestone features stretching two kilometres long. As we sailed down the river, we took the chance to soak in...
Entsuin temple

Spectacular Views of Matsushima Bay

Upon arrival at Miyagi-ken, we headed to our first stop at Shiogama Jinja Shrine. With a long history dating back to the 9th century, the shrine houses a collection of ancient votive lanterns that...
basho

Journey with Matsuo Basho: Haiku master and adventure

Spanning 2,400 kilometres, the trail mentioned in Oku-no-hosomichi consists of roads that lead to Nikko ( 日光 ), Oshu ( 奧州 ), Dewa ( 出羽 ) and Hokuriku ( 北 陸 ). Two of...
teamLab forest of lamps

Mori Digital Art Museum’s Brand New teamLab Exhibit

New Odaiba museum hosts art collective's first permanent installation: Borderless Japan's famous digital art collective teamLab has held several digital art exhibitions in Japan and around the world in recent years and their efforts have been well...
Shinjuku’s main street circa 1935

Legendary Establishments as Landmarks of Shinjuku

Keeping Pace with Time Bearing Witness to the Changes of Shinjuku  Where it all began for Shinjuku? The busiest junction of Shinjuku-sanchome was known in the past as “Shinjuku Oiwake”. During the Edo period (1603-1868), this is...
Robot Restaurant Tokyo

The Dazzling Disarray of the Robot Restaurant

Offering a wholly unique, bombastic spectacle of a show you’re unlikely to find anywhere else Whenever I meet people on vacation in Japan and ask them their plans, one thing invariably comes up: Robot Restaurant. Though...