Japan’s Most Beautiful Armor Rests in Aomori

7 Jan
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Kushihiki Hachiman-gu

Kushihiki Hachiman-gu is a historical shrine in Hachinohe, Aomori, dating back to 1166. Because of its long history, the shrine owns many treasures, including two sets of armor designated as National Important Cultural Properties. I was surprised to learn that some of the country’s most beautiful samurai armor could be found in a small city in Aomori. Read more

Autumn Starts in Daisetsuzan

7 Nov

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Last month I visited Shibetsu City, Hokkaido, to give a lecture on music therapy. On the way back home I saw beautiful autumn leaves and wild animals in Daisetsuzan National Park, the largest national park in Japan.

The Ainu called this area Kamui Mintara, meaning Playground of Gods. When you see the majestic mountains, it’s easy to understand why. Check out my new article, “Autumn Starts in Daisetsuzan.”

Onsen Myths of Fukushima

8 Oct
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Sabako-yu (鯖湖湯)

Onsen, hot springs, are an important part of Japanese culture, and it is one of my favorite things about Japan.

Today I want to share with you a special onsen called Sabako-yu in Iizaka, Fukushima, where my family is from.

Check out my new article, “Onsen Myths of Fukushima” on All About Japan!

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