Fukushima Bussankan & Buying Souvenirs in Fukushima

Whenever I visit a new place in Japan, I make sure to prioritise trying local food and buying souvenirs for friends and family. When you visit Fukushima, you can do both of these things in one place – the Fukushima Bussankan in Fukushima City! The Bussankan (or Fukushima Prefecture Local Products Promotion Center) has aContinue reading Fukushima Bussankan & Buying Souvenirs in Fukushima

Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Introducing the Yanaizu Naked Man Festival On the evening of January 7th every year, crowds of men, dressed only in loincloths, get ready for Yanaizu’s Naked Man festival or Hadaka Mairi (Literally translates as ‘Naked Temple Visit’). They cleanse their bodies, and march through the streets of Yanaizu to Enzoji Temple, almost completely exposed toContinue reading Yanaizu Naked Man Festival: What You Need to Know

Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I had a nice break, and I’m excited for the new year. I’m planning on going to Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji Temple on January 3, as there is a special Buddhist celebration called the Daibontensai held annually on this date. I discovered Mt Iwatsuno by accident recently. I didContinue reading Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

Experiencing a Japanese Farmstay

I’ve recently been lucky enough to try out a couple of farmstays in Fukushima Prefecture. During a ‘farmstay experience’, you will usually spend time with a farming host family, and take part in their everyday work.  Sometimes you can try cultural experiences such as making Japanese food or visiting local spots. Farmstay experiences often lastContinue reading Experiencing a Japanese Farmstay

Vintage Shoe Shop in Kitakata’s Picturesque Streets

Kurosawa Kirizai – a shop in Kitakata City where geta (traditional Japanese shoes) are made and sold – opened  in 1912. For over 100 years ago, the Kurosawa family have prided themselves on their careful use of only the highest quality paulownia wood – grown locally of course – for the construction of their geta.Continue reading Vintage Shoe Shop in Kitakata’s Picturesque Streets

Watching Exhilarating Samurais on Horseback – Soma Nomaoi

Last weekend I visited the Soma Nomaoi Festival. This 3-day festival takes place during the last weekend of July every year, and is centered around 3 main shrines in Minami Soma and Soma. It is thought that the festival has its roots in a local tradition from the 10th century, when horses were chased andContinue reading Watching Exhilarating Samurais on Horseback – Soma Nomaoi