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

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

Hand-made Tatami Experience in Sukagawa City

As newly built houses get smaller and the variety of cheap flooring options increases, quintessentially Japanese tatami flooring is becoming less and less of a presence in Japanese homes. Tatami has held an integral place in the hearts of Japanese people for centuries, and many people are saddened by the way the youth of JapanContinue reading Hand-made Tatami Experience in Sukagawa City

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 makeContinue 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