Rotenburo Heaven – Private Open-Air Baths in Fukushima

In this article, I’m going to introduce you to a number of traditional Japanese inns (ryokan) in onsen towns throughout Fukushima where you can experience the magic of private rotenburo outdoor baths. What are Rotenburo? ‘Rotenburo‘ translates as ‘open-air bath’. The word refers to onsen baths that are located fully or partially outside. Depending onContinue reading Rotenburo Heaven – Private Open-Air Baths in Fukushima

Video Feature: “Never Forget You”

I was recently featured in a video produced by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau’s Disaster Recovery Support Office. They decided to produce a set of 3 videos exploring some issues related to post-disaster recovery & revitalization in Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture & Fukushima Prefecture. These videos all have English subtitles and some interviews are conducted inContinue reading Video Feature: “Never Forget You”

5 Reasons to Visit Tadami Line’s Yanaizu Town

Yanaizu Town lies west of the historic city of Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture. It’s a perfect destination to include in a day trip from Aizu-Wakamatsu City, or as part of the journey to Kaneyama or Miyashita, where you can stay the night before venturing out to see the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint in theContinue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Tadami Line’s Yanaizu Town

January 14: Aizu Bange’s Tug-of-War Festival

Next Monday, the annual Tug-of-War Festival will be held in Aizu Bange Town, a small town just a short drive from Aizu-Wakamatsu City. I attended this festival last year and had lots of fun, so I wanted to share some information about the festival for people considering going this year! Basic Information: The festival’s nameContinue reading January 14: Aizu Bange’s Tug-of-War Festival

“Why We Love Winter in Fukushima”: Local Recommendations

Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a good Christmas break. This is my first day back at work! During the holidays, I spoke to members of the international community here who either currently live in Fukushima or who have lived here, and asked them what they love most about the prefecture. They providedContinue reading “Why We Love Winter in Fukushima”: Local Recommendations