Kitakata’s Mitsuya District & Historic Red Brick Kiln

Kitakata City is famous across Japan for 2 things – ramen and warehouses!   Kitakata City’s warehouses have been used for hundreds of years for the production of ingredients integral to Japanese cooking, such as miso, mirin and soy sauce, among many more. The incredibly clear water of Mt Iide is thought to make theContinue reading Kitakata’s Mitsuya District & Historic Red Brick Kiln

Fukushima’s Sake Success: Celebrating with the Governor

Yesterday a special event was held by my office to celebrate Fukushima holding more gold awarded sake at the Annual Japan Sake Awards 2017 than any other prefecture in the country, for the fifth year in a row. Event attendees could try 3 different types of gold-award winning sake for only 500 yen. Every dayContinue reading Fukushima’s Sake Success: Celebrating with the Governor

Challenges Overcome by Anzai Orchard Post 3.11

Three of the most well-known things about Fukushima Prefecture are its samurai history, its onsen and its fruit. In particular, its peaches are extremely famous. Fukushima Prefecture is the second biggest producer of peaches in the whole of Japan. In 2015, 21.8% of Japan’s peaches were grown in Fukushima!     In Fukushima City, thereContinue reading Challenges Overcome by Anzai Orchard Post 3.11

Fukushima School Children Have a Lot to Teach

Japanese junior high school students in Japan are hard-working, loyal and incredibly busy. Their personalities are as varied as in any country; every class has its jokers, sweet, shy kids, quiet brainy ones, bullies… I got used to junior high school students during my time working at schools in Japan, so it might seem oddContinue reading Fukushima School Children Have a Lot to Teach