Deriving its name from the geographical location – kita means “north” and kata means “direction”, the town of Kitakata is located at the northwestern part of Fukushima. To make it simple, almost close to the side of Nikko and relatively far from the damaged nuclear plant, with the current radiation level of almost the same […]Read more "In the land of Kura, Sake and Ramen: Kitakata, Fukushima, Japan"
I was relieved to leave the cold and rainy season of Sapporo, Hokkaido for a hope of a sunnier 5 days at Tohoku Region. I was excited as well, that finally after months of anticipating, I will be exploring the region focusing on both Miyagi and Fukushima Prefecture. After the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake tragedy […]Read more "Sendai, The Largest City of Tohoku Region"
Not all great, treasured temples are situated in Kyoto. The recovering tsunami/earthquake devastated Tohoku Region of Japan offers another reason why you should reconsider visiting the area, that is if you want to admire one of Japan’s ancient mountain temple (Yamadera, also known as “Risshakuji Temple”) and at the same time take a moment to […]Read more "1,015 steps of Yamadera (Risshakuji Temple), Yamagata, Japan"
Maximizing my travel at Miyagi Prefecture, Tohoku Region, I visited another place in the region affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. But this time around, instead of going directly to the town, I boarded a ferry and follow the route explored by Japanese haiku master Matsuo Basho that inspired him to write […]Read more "Aboard the “Basho Cruise”, Shiogama-Matsushima Bay, Japan"
After my hour walk around the tsunami devastated town of Ishinomaki, I went straight to the town’s port terminal to board the 12pm ferryboat that will take me to Tashirojima or popularly known as the Island of Cats. The ferry terminal at Ishinomaki is the only way to access Tashirojima, so I was very conscious […]Read more "“Cat Island” Tashirojima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan"