Family Fun: Neputa Mura (Hirosaki)

When we were up north earlier this month, we were lucky enough to catch the Neputa Festival in Hirosaki, which I highly recommend to anyone of any age. But if you're in Hirosaki outside of the festival dates (August 1st-7th), make sure to swing by the Neputa Mura, the "village" that houses some former Neputa... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Ginzan Onsen/Obanazawa

One of the best things about summertime in Japan is the fruit. Big (and I mean BIG) juicy peaches, tart cherries, and the abundance of melons of all varieties. Watermelons are a big product in Ueki, a small town near my former home of Kumamoto, but the town of Obanazawa in Yamagata Prefecture is also... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: August 2014

Tohoku might have been hot earlier this month, but dang was it picturesque. Yamagata prefecture especially. It's not very high on most tourists' itineraries but I think it deserves to be considered by travelers who have done the usual suspects (Tokyo, Kyoto, Japan Alps, Hiroshima). You've probably guessed by now from previous posts here and... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Kokeshi Dolls

During our trip to Tohoku earlier this month, we encountered shops and shops of kokeshi dolls. Kokeshi are wooden dolls with heads and bodies only, traditionally made only in the six northern prefectures of Japan's Honshu Island. The history of kokeshi is a bit murky. My research shows that kokeshi were first created in the... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Yamadera (Yamagata)

Happy August! My family and I are on our annual summer holiday in Japan, which we try to arrange so that it never falls with that OTHER summer holiday in Japan (Obon), a time of year that makes travel around the island nearly unbearable for a period of 3-7 days. This year, I had high... Continue Reading →

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