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

Local Delicacies from Fukushima: Weird & Wonderful

Hi everyone! This is the third post in this series about local culinary specialities from Fukushima Prefecture. This week, I’ll be writing about some dishes that might not necessarily come to mind when you think of Japanese food. That being said, for people like me who have been in Japan for a while now, it’sContinue reading Local Delicacies from Fukushima: Weird & Wonderful

Local Delicacies from Fukushima: Noodle-Dishes

Hi everyone! This is the second post in this series about local culinary specialties from Fukushima Prefecture. Last week I wrote about rice-based dishes & side-dishes from Fukushima. This week, I’ll be writing about noodle dishes. Soba Negi-soba (Aizu Region) Although Fukushima Prefecture has many areas well-suited for rice-production, the rugged mountainous region of Aizu,Continue reading Local Delicacies from Fukushima: Noodle-Dishes

Running Communication Workshops for Ryokan Staff

This week I thought I’d write about something I’ve been involved with for around 1 year now. As part of my job, I’ve been running training sessions for staff who work at ryokan, hotels and other accommodation facilities in Fukushima Prefecture to help them get used to welcoming and communicating with guests from abroad. TheContinue reading Running Communication Workshops for Ryokan Staff