Friday, November 22, 2019

How to Enjoy a Weekend in Japan. Tokamachi, Niigata.

When I first think of Niigata, I imagine trekking snow-covered mountains, skiing  slopes sipping sake. However, Niigata is so much more than just a winter destination. The small city of Tokamachi, internationally famous for...

Travel through the nostalgic ambience

Niigata Prefecture, Japan’s top producer of rice, is often characterized by stretches of terraced fields and rustic countryside scenery. Nevertheless, the old street of Niigata is also worth visiting for its amazingly nostalgic atmosphere...

A bite of Niigata

The secret to Niigata’s rice—especially the famous rice variety Koshihikari—lies in melted snow and run-off water which contain an abundance of nutrients and minerals. The area is also known for producing prestigious sake and...

Another 3hr trip kagurazaka/ Kudanshita

Although Kagurazaka is close to Tokyo’s entertainment district, Shinjuku, it has a character all of its own. As a prominent hanamachi (geisha district) that thrived from the Edo Period (1603-1868) to the Showa Period (1926-...

Matsushiro Area:A historic town of samurai, powerful clans and castles

If you are interested in the history of Japan, then you cannot miss the chance to visit Nagano city. In this historic district, ninjas and warlords familiar from games and manga lived and played...

Togakushi & Iizuna Area: Ninja history shrouded in stunning nature

Togakushi Jinja Shrine Discover mysterious legends and powerspots Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines located at the base of Mt. Togakushi. According to Japanese mythology, a grief-ridden Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, hid herself in a...

Sushi: The evolution of sushi

No conversation about Japanese food can go without mentioning sushi, since the popularity of this particular seafood dish has made waves around the world. As mainstream as sushi is within the global vernacular, you...

TEMPURA: Japan’s Deep-Fried Delight

Few food symbols are as iconic as the golden, crispy batter-covered shrimp tempura. In Japanese kanji the “ten” in “tempura” uses the character for “heaven”, and the addition of this traditional cuisine to the...

Soba-kiri: Edo’s First Culinary Hit

Of the top four culinary superstars which emerged during Japan’s Edo period, soba was the first to grace the table. Soba is actually the Japanese word for buckwheat, the main ingredient of the popular...
morioka castle view

Poetic Beauty of Sakura Blossoms in Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken

Morioka, a historic town at the foot of Mt. Iwate, is reachable in two hours by JR Shinkansen train from Tokyo. Maybe because it thrived as a castle town in the Edo period, the...