Fringed Irises at Kozoji Temple in Iwaki

When I visited Okuaizu the other day, I saw lots of beautiful ‘fringed irises’. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about flowers, but I’m pretty sure I’d never seen these flowers before coming to Japan. Seeing them in Okuaizu instantly reminded me a photograph I saw when I first moved to Fukushima Prefecture. At that time, IContinue reading Fringed Irises at Kozoji Temple in Iwaki

Crossing Mugenkyo Ravine by Ferry (Mugenkyo no Watashi)

I had seen some amazing photos of the Mugenkyo Ferry (夢幻峡の渡し)passing through the beautiful emerald water of the Tadami River, and was excited to go and experience the ferry ride for myself. So I headed off to Mishima Town to meet Hoshi san, who had kindly offered to show me around. My experience of theContinue reading Crossing Mugenkyo Ravine by Ferry (Mugenkyo no Watashi)

Mt Issaikyo ‘The Witch’s Eye’ – in Fukushima City

For nature-lovers, I recommend checking out the trekking course from Jododaira Rest House to Mt Issaikyo. The course up to the peak of Mt Issaikyo (altitude of 1948.8m) and back down to the Rest House is around 7km in total, and takes around 3 hours. The official first day of Mt Issaikyo’s 2018 hiking seasonContinue reading Mt Issaikyo ‘The Witch’s Eye’ – in Fukushima City

Shoko Kanazawa Calligraphy Art Museum in Iwaki

The Shoko Kanazawa Art Museum in Iwaki City is home to many fantastic pieces of calligraphy created by Shoko Kanazawa, an artist who was born with Down syndrome. The art museum shares its location with a kimono museum called Kimononoyakata Marusan (which contains the world’s largest kimono!) and a beautiful garden inspired by the traditionalContinue reading Shoko Kanazawa Calligraphy Art Museum in Iwaki

Miura’s Enchanting Workshop & Aizu Lacquerware

Among the winding historical streets of Aizu Wakamatsu City lies Miura Woodturning Workshop (三浦木工所). Miura Woodturning Workshop is run by Keiichi Miura, a fourth generation artisan who has been practicing woodturning for over 40 years. The Miura family is one of the few remaining families who shape wood to be used in producing Aizu Lacquerware.Continue reading Miura’s Enchanting Workshop & Aizu Lacquerware