New Pokemon-Themed “Lucky Park” Opens in Disaster-Struck Fukushima Ever wanted to slide down a Lickitung? Now you can, in Fukushima! Things Get Hot and Steamy as Japan Plans to Revive Traditional ”Konyoku” Mixed Bath... Winters are cold in Japan's northern prefectures, and the government is looking to heat things up the traditional way. Enter the Magical World of Japanese Kaleidoscope Art ・ A Visit to the Sendai Kaleidoscope... This compact museum is a surprisingly expansive treat for visitors to this tranquil onsen retreat. Follow in Samurai Footsteps Through Nikko, Aizu, and Yonezawa ・ A Trip on the Samurai... Join the Japankuru team as we swing swords (and see the sights) like the samurai of old! Planes, Shrines, and Historic Houses ・ 3 Sightseeing Spots Around Sendai Airport Flying into Sendai? Find the best places to relax and explore near the airport! Muji Enters the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Area with a Rest Stop Store in Namie Ten years after the Tohoku earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, popular home goods store Muji has arrived. Traveling Through Aizu ③ Wood Working, Adventure, & Winter Snow in Minamiaizu When the snow piles up and towers overhead, it's time to break out the snowshoes and surfboards in Minamiaizu! Traveling Through Aizu ② Traditional Culture & Local Cooking Classes in Shimogo Shimogo's traditional village of Ouchijuku is famous for thatched roofs and some unique foods, so why not learn to cook like a local? Traveling Through Aizu ① Japanese Gardens, Trains, & Gourmet Experiences in Aizuwakamatsu With traditional Japanese culture from railway culinary experiences to custom tea blends and historic garden-side tea ceremonies, if you've never thought of visiting Aizu before, think again! [Just what is Joban-mono fish?] Pt. 9 - 6 Ways to Try the Finest Fish in Japan -... Flatfish of all kinds, skipjack tuna, surf clams, Pacific saury, aonori seaweed and moreーJoban-mono comes from the “Shiome Sea”, where the Oyashio and Kuroshio ocean currents mix, producing seafood that has long been popular in Tokyo's Tsukiji and Toyosu fish markets. But what dishes do locals cook up in the coastal Fukushima cities of Iwaki and Soma, to make the most of these fresh ingredients? [Just what is Joban-mono fish?] Pt. 8 The People Keeping Joban-mono Sustainable and Safe The Fukushima Prefectural Research Institute of Fisheries Resources is a lively place with lofty goals, and many thousands of little fish―supporting the future of local fisheries with research, and raising marine creatures along the way. [Just what is Joban-mono fish?] Pt. 7 The People Reporting Improvement in Fukushima's... On March 11th, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake set off an enormous tsunami that assailed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing serious damage to the ocean off the coast. In the ten years since then, Fukushima's local government and fishery workers have come together to try and restore the once famous fishing grounds of the “Shiome Sea,” performing monitoring tests, screening tests, and continuing research on the local research environment at the Fisheries and Marine Science Research Center. 5 Unique Travel Experiences to Try in Minamiaizu Traveling in northern Japan? Here are just five of the many great ways to spend your time in Minamiaizu! Fukushima Expo Fukuhaku 2020 in Aizu: Gourmet Treats & Traditional Culture in Northern... In the Aizu area of northern Japanese prefecture Fukushima, the Fukushima Expo Fukuhaku 2020 in Aizu took place over the course of a month this fall, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 20. The expo explored history, traditional crafts, and culture in four Aizu areas (Nishiaizu, Aizu-Wakamatsu, Aizumisato, Okuaizu) through events and exhibitions throughout the region, diving deeper into the allure of each area’s traditional culture and local specialties. Read on for just a glimpse of what this major Aizu event had to offer! Fukushima's Akabeko Cow Is the Perfect Symbol for 2021 It's the year of the ox, and hopefully, a year of healing―perfect for the traditional red akabeko. Sendai Street Food - Delicious Kamaboko Fishcake Delicacies in Miyagi Prefecture Fishcakes fried and grilled―this is what you should try next time you visit Sendai. [Just what is Joban-mono fish?] Pt. 6 The People Working Hard to Keep Joban-mono Safe &... In Fukushima, the fishing industry challenges everyone involved to stick to safety standards even higher than Japan requires. Find out why Joban-mono isn't just tasty, it's also well-tested for safety. 4 Popular Japanese Sake Breweries in Minamiaizu, Fukushima Find out why Fukushima is a sake destination, and just what makes these four breweries worth visiting. The Four Seasons in Minamiaizu - Snapshots from Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter! Grab your camera and get going, it's time to take a peek at Minamiaizu's gorgeous natural scenery throughout the seasons. Twisting Shimenawa - A Piece of Shinto Tradition and Fukushima Culture Ever wondered about the straw ropes found at Shinto shrines and in Japanese homes? Find out more about shimenawa! [Just what is Joban-mono fish?] Pt. 5 Real-Life Fisheries, Seafood, and Safety Testing in... Soma is a small town of abundant seafood, and iconic (historic) horses, still thriving on the shore of Fukushima's only lagoon, Matsukawaura. Take a Hot Spring Soak Among the Autumn Leaves at Akiu Great Falls Enjoy the cool weather, beautiful leaves, steaming hot springs, and the natural beauty of northern Japan, all at once! [Just what is Joban-mono fish?] Pt. 4 Real-Life Fisheries, Seafood, and Safety Testing in... Fishing and marine life are a deeply ingrained part of the culture in Fukushima's city of Iwaki, still bringing life and color to the seaside city. All About Minamiaizu - Fresh Air, Fresh Food, and Fresh Experiences Minamiaizu has sake, soba, seasonal food, and more. It's a small town with lots of local Japanese atmosphere!