Traditional Japan in Kitakata

Ramen, breathtaking historical buildings, ancient shrines – what more could you want from a day out? Kitakata City has all of this, and more to offer. Although  Aizu-Wakamatsu is a well-known area of Fukushima Prefecture for experiencing traditional Japanese culture, the warehouse-lined streets of Kitakata are a wonderful place to wander and explore traditional Japan. WarehousesContinue reading Traditional Japan in Kitakata

Snow in Magical Ouchi-juku

Whenever I flick through a pamphlet filled with photographs of Fukushima, there is a certain photo that causes everyone nearby to let out an “oooooooooooh” sound: The photo of Ouchi-juku. When I tell locals that I’ve recently moved to Fukushima and I often travel around the prefecture, one of the first questions I’m asked isContinue reading Snow in Magical Ouchi-juku

Trying Samurai-Style on for Size

Every July, there is a festival in the Soma district of Fukushima Prefecture where participants enter horse races and horseback events. This may sounds pretty tame, but every participant fully-dresses in samurai-style armour (usually armor that has been passed down from generation to generation), and gripping weapons. What makes this historical re-enactment festival even moreContinue reading Trying Samurai-Style on for Size