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

Bonsaiya Abe – Fukushima City’s Own Bonsai Master

I visited Bonsaiya Abe around a year ago, and was lucky enough to spend time talking to Daiki Abe, the 3rd generation of the Abe family to be involved in growing bonsai trees. The Abe family have been cultivating Goyomatsu (Japanese White Pine) bonsai trees for over 90 years. Kurakichi Abe began growing bonsai fromContinue reading Bonsaiya Abe – Fukushima City’s Own Bonsai Master

Guide to Visiting the Famous Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint

I am often asked about how to reach the No. 1 Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint which has become the focus of spotlights across the world. Taking a look at the beautiful photographs that can be taken there, it is easy to understand why people all around the world have fallen for this picturesque area. WhenContinue reading Guide to Visiting the Famous Tadami River Bridge Viewpoint