Tag Archives: Tohoku

Ouchijuku: snapshots of life in the slow lane

More than a 100 years ago, Ouchijuku would have been a bustling place, being a post-town catering to travelers on the busy trade route between Aizu and Nikko. Today, Ouchijuku still bustles, not with weary travelers who break the journey … Continue reading

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Across a bridge of magpies

Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a pair of lovers meet across a bridge of magpies. Any child growing up in Asia would have heard some version of this fairy tale at some point. … Continue reading

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Inaniwa udon anyone?

Summer food means food to chill out with – literally. The Spanish have their gazpacho and all the way in Japan, summer food means noodles in chilled broth. All created to cool you down on a hot summer day. Not … Continue reading

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Kakunodate

No better place to seek refuge from the glare of the summer sun at mid-day than in the cool mossy grounds of a shady Japanese garden in Kakunodate. This is the garden of the Kawarada samurai house. Kakunodate, right in … Continue reading

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Summer in Japan

We interrupt trip reports on Europe to report on summer in Japan! I’ll admit this blog is going to be a bit schizo for a while as I alternate between Europe and Japan so please bear with me. Don’t mind … Continue reading

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Landscapes by road in Tohoku II

Rice fields soon to be ready for harvest, farmhouses and homesteads, patches of vegetable plots, the occasional dormant volcano, gorges with rivers penciled through in grey. And lots of fluffy white puffs of cloud in a deep blue sky. Green … Continue reading

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Kabushima: Hachinohe’s Haven

Those brollies hang out on the weathered chain link fence for a reason. Ignore them at your peril for this is probably the most likely place in the world to be dive-bombed by a seagull. A black-tailed gull to be … Continue reading

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