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 the produceContinue reading Kitakata’s Mitsuya District & Historic Red Brick Kiln

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

Historic Kabuki Performances Held in Hinoemata Village

This Friday a kabuki performance will be held at the magnificent open-air Hinoemata Kabuki Stage! What is Kabuki? Kabuki is a form of Japanese theatre born in the Edo period. It is different from Noh and Bungaku – the other 2 traditional forms of theater – through its use of vibrant costumes and make up,Continue reading Historic Kabuki Performances Held in Hinoemata Village

Enichi-ji Temple & More: Bandai Town’s Amazing History

I recently visited Enichi-ji, a temple in Bandai Town. The temple was founded about 1200 years ago at the foot of Mt Bandai, but was destroyed and abandoned during the early Meiji period, when there was a widespread movement to abolish Buddhism in favour of Shintoism. Although the various buildings included in the temple groundsContinue reading Enichi-ji Temple & More: Bandai Town’s Amazing History