Kakunodate is a small town in Akita prefecture established in the sixteen hundreds as a castle town. Although there is no longer a castle on the top of the hill, the town is still visited for its samurai district.
In November as the snow began to fall, we went for a visit to Hirosaki. We explored the castle and even went apple picking in the nearby Ringo park.
Tohoku has great local traditions and foods, one of them is Imonikai. For this local tradition the whole team gathered at the river side for some Nabe.
Our Sunday trip was a short stop at the Ishinomaki city in the Sanriku coast, one of the cities affected in 2011 by the tsunami.
I was happy to find a place on the way to recovery and a lively city much thanks to its incredible people.
Dewa Senzan is of great importance in Buddhist and Shinto traditions and visiting the three mountains is part of the pilgrimage hikes. This post is about our hike of Haguro san, the mountain symbolizing birth.
For Vera’s last couple of days in Sendai she needed her last minute gift shopping and so a visit to a local outlet shopping and a local temple were necessary. Also during this time we reencountered a friend who invited us for a Japanese tea party in a temple in Northern Sendai an undoubtedly extraordinary experience.
Another weekend, another trip. Matsushima was recommended by all friends in Sendai, so we had to try it out. Started with the wrong train, ended up with several amazing experiences.