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Training Through Tohoku (4): Traditional Crafts

The Tohoku Traditional Crafts List A cute hand-carved figurine or hand-stitched gift makes for a great keepsake in your living room display case or for daily use, and there's no lack of such creative crafts...

Training Through Tohoku (3): Strange Foods

The Strange Foods List Trying new foods is half the adventure of traveling, and Tohoku is full of land and sea creatures—or the above dish, which looks straight from outer space—served so fresh that sometimes they're...

Training Through Tohoku (2): The Must Eat List

The Tohoku Must Eat List Though seafood (like the highest quality black tuna pictured above) and beef are the biggest draws for foodies here, the tastes of Tohoku extend far beyond. Known to have a...

Training Through Tohoku (1): The Must Do List

Tohoku - the northeastern region of Japan's main island -  is most enjoyable in autumn, when this scenic area is aflame with fall colors, and its famed fruits and seafood are in full harvest. And...

Homeland of the Akita Dog:Relax Your Mind & Body

Odate and the Ani-Moriyoshi area are packed with hot spring destinations that not many people know about. These hot spring, formerly frequented by mountain samurai, or matagi in Japanese, are the best way to...
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Heroes and heroines behind the festivals: Sendai’s Tanabata Festival

Sendai’s Tanabata Festival: Wonders of traditional Japanese paper-making by shopkeepers Sendai’s Tanabata Festival is touted as one of the three major summer festivals in the Tohoku region, Held in Sendai from August 6 to 8, the lavish...

Aomori’s Oirase Mountain Stream

A magical world of tiny creatures awaits Aomori is located in the northern-most part of Honshu island and its vast land area is divided into three major regions: Tsugaru, which neighbours the Sea of Japan; Hakkoda and...
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Nishitama, Okutama : A Trip Into Tokyo’s Untapped Forests

Forests in Tokyo? Impossible – you might think, but it’s very possible. Two hours west of Shinjuku, lies the Nishitama area, part of greater Tokyo. Now, to many Tokyo residents, Nishitama is nothing special...

Noh Theater Workshop in Tokyo

What is Noh? The word literally means "skill", and is a form of classical drama, created in Iga by Kan'ami Kiyotsugu during the Muromachi period in Japan (14th century). Kiyotsugu incorporated story, dance and...

Discover Niigata from Tokyo. Let’s Go!【Nature】

Be captivated by the Scenic Landscapes of Niigata 【Yuzawa•Uonuma, Uonuma City】 Crossing a Dreamy Sanctuary   JR Tadami Line This line passes through the secluded mountainous areas in Tohoku, which connects Niigata and Fukushima. Its mystic atmosphere...