lso known as Tsugaru Jamisen, the Tsugaru Shamisen refers to both the Japanese genre of shamisen music originating from Tsugaru Peninsula (Aomori), and the instrument it is performed with. Imported from China via Okinawa, the Shamisen, looks like a little guitar and is widely associated with Japanese culture. Every region in Japan has developed it’s […]

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ocated at the foot of Mt Iwate, the Yakehashiri Lava Flow is the result of an explosion on Mt Iwate that took place in 1732 and spread along its northeastern slope. This 3km long and 1.5km wide lava flow is, depending of the area, between 5 to 10m thick and has been turned into a […]

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ansa Odori is an amazing festival held every August in the city of Morioka. The origins of this festival lie in the legend of Mitsuishi, which gave Iwate its name. There was a demon that was causing problems for the villagers but the god Mitsuishi captured the demon and forced it to swear that it […]

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