Trying Samurai-Style on for Size

Every July, Noma Somaoi Festival (“Soma’s Wild Horse Chase”) is held in Minami Soma. Participants enter horse races and other events on horseback event, fully-dressed in samurai-style armour and gripping weapons. What makes this historical re-enactment festival even more exceptional is that there are thousands of participants and attendees, and the tradition has been carried outContinue reading Trying Samurai-Style on for Size

Praying at a Shinto Shrine

Iwaki Yumoto Onsen has been famous for its onsen (natural thermal baths) for 1200 years. Although I did not have a chance to hunt for fossils, I stayed at Koito Ryokan overnight, and got to experience the town’s legendary onsen first-hand. Iwaki Yumoto Onsen town’s hot springs are special due to their long history and the healing properties ofContinue reading Praying at a Shinto Shrine