Aizu-Wakamatsu’s New Kimono Rental Shop

Tsuruga Kimono Rental Shop (English-language website here) opened up in April in central Aizu-Wakamatsu City. Its main store is located right next to Tsurugajo Castle. We headed over a couple of weeks ago to find out more about the shop and the experience it offers! Tsurugajo Kaikan The main store is inside Tsurugajo Kaikan (map),Continue reading Aizu-Wakamatsu’s New Kimono Rental Shop

Cherry Blossom at Tsurugajo Castle

Tsurugajo Castle, Aizu-Wakamatsu City, is a must-visit for anyone visiting Tohoku this spring. Located just 2.5 hours from Tokyo, Aizu-Wakamatsu is an historic city which looks absolutely amazing in cherry blossom season. Tsurugajo Castle – originally constructed in the 14th century – has passed through the hands of many local rulers. The castle was mostContinue reading Cherry Blossom at Tsurugajo Castle

Local Delicacies from Fukushima: Noodle-Dishes

Hi everyone! This is the second post in this series about local culinary specialties from Fukushima Prefecture. Last week I wrote about rice-based dishes & side-dishes from Fukushima. This week, I’ll be writing about noodle dishes. Soba Negi-soba (Aizu Region) Although Fukushima Prefecture has many areas well-suited for rice-production, the rugged mountainous region of Aizu,Continue reading Local Delicacies from Fukushima: Noodle-Dishes

Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai

    Last week I visited Tsunoda Lacquer Art Workshop (角田漆芸工房) in Kitashiobara Village, Urabandai Area. There’s a huge variety of lacquerware products on display and for sale at Tsunoda san’s workshop – many of which Tsunoda san painted himself.   The production of Aizu Lacquerware is the beautiful result of the hard work andContinue reading Tsunoda Lacquer Art Studio & Sunken Gold Painting Experience in Urabandai