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Japan by Prefecture: Yamagata (山形県)

Japan by Prefecture: Yamagata (山形県)

It’s time for ‘Japan by Prefecture‘ again! This is the series that aims to provide the highlights of each prefecture of Japan, along with my personal favourites and suggestions from readers. This week, we’re looking at Yamagata Prefecture (山形県). Yamagata Prefecture is part of the Tohoku region (東北地方) in northern Honshu, and its capital city is Yamagata City (山形市 ). I was lucky … Continue reading

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

Japan 2014: Yamadera – the Mountain Temple

After the excitement of Rokkonsai I opted for a more solitary day, taking my first steps along haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s ‘Narrow Road to the North’, or ‘Oku no hosomichi‘ (奥の細道). In the late spring of 1689 Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉) and his haiku poet apprentice Kawai Sora (河合 曾良) set out on their epic journey, and … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Following in Basho’s footsteps

Postcard from Japan: Following in Basho’s footsteps

Yesterday I finally made it to the ‘mountain temple’ – Yamadera. The 1000 or so steps to the top were a bit of a killer, and I’m feeling it in my legs today, but boy was it worth it! It was incredible to tread the path that haiku poet Basho once trod…