List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • Kumiko, the Art of Wood Joinery and Design, Carrying on Tradition to the Present

    Kumiko, the Art of Wood Joinery and Design, Carrying on Tradition to the Present

    This year marks the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Sashikan Tategu Kogei, which was founded in October 1932 in Komono Town, Mie Prefecture. Kanbe Kuroda, the first generation of the company, started running a “Sashimono-ya,” and gave the...

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  •  A Stay at VISON, Day 2: All-in-One Resort Featuring Mie’s Finest

    A Stay at VISON, Day 2: All-in-One Resort Featuring Mie’s Finest

    In my previous article, I expressed amazement at how much of a therapeutic wonderland VISON, the newest resort in Mie, is. Today, let me bring you along to explore further into the world of food and dining, leisure activities, and local culture th...

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  • Suzuka Circuit: The Need for Speed

    Suzuka Circuit: The Need for Speed

    Since time immemorial Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture has drawn countless devotees from all over Japan. However, in 1962, a new “sacred site” for motorsports fans sparked a different kind of pilgrimage, as a great number of people crossed the g...

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  • The Matsusaka experience: World-class beef, traditional kimono, and historical city walks

    The Matsusaka experience: World-class beef, traditional kimono, and historical city walks

    Matsusaka, not just a city known for its world-famous beef. There is also a rich historical tradition and ancient architectural structures to explore and experience.

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  • Mie's Ever-evolving Tradition: Suzuka-zumi Ink

    Mie's Ever-evolving Tradition: Suzuka-zumi Ink

    You’ve probably seen traditional Japanese sumi ink in some form, whether in traditional black ink-brush paintings or a piece of calligraphy. For almost 1,300 years, just three simple ingredients — soot, nikawa glue and natural fragrance — have bee...

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  • Looking Way Up at Hana no Iwaya, Japan’s Oldest Shrine which appears in mythology

    Looking Way Up at Hana no Iwaya, Japan’s Oldest Shrine which appears in mythology

    In Kumano City, a small city on the coast of Mie Prefecture with a bustling fishing industry, tourists and worshippers can visit Hana no Iwaya Shrine, which is so revered that it appears in Shinto mythology. It is Japan’s oldest Shinto Shrine and...

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  • Hidden Treasure of the Ninja Village! Iga Beef at Nikaku Shokudo

    Hidden Treasure of the Ninja Village! Iga Beef at Nikaku Shokudo

    Kyoto, Tokyo, Nara... these places are fine and dandy, but I can honestly say I’ve had more fun in Iga City than anywhere else I’ve visited in Japan. The whole place is covered in ninjas and ninja paraphernalia! But on this, my fourth visit to thi...

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  • Ryofuso Ryokan - A Cave of Wonders!

    Ryofuso Ryokan - A Cave of Wonders!

    Have you ever dined or taken a bath in a cave? Now you can! At Ryofuso Ryokan Hotel, you can enjoy a unique dining experience and a bathing experience like no other! Don’t worry - these two experiences don’t happen at the same time!

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  • Tokaido Seki-Juku Festival in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture

    Tokaido Seki-Juku Festival in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture

    Step into Seki-Juku and back in time and a whole bunch of excitement as you wander up and down this traditional rest stop on the old Tokaido. Experience delicious snacks and food while enjoying the beautiful floats, costumes and buildings. Seki-...

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  • Mehari-zushi, a favorite dish of the people in the Kumano region of southern Mie. Flavored sushi rice wrapped in Takana mustard leaf deliciousness!

    Mehari-zushi, a favorite dish of the people in the Kumano region of southern Mie. Flavored sushi rice wrapped in Takana mustard leaf deliciousness!

    When in the Kumano region of Mie prefecture it is only appropriate that you eat like the locals do. Come with me as I travel to the very southern tip of Mie and eat a local favorite. Mehari-zushi is flavored sushi rice wrapped in pickled Takana mu...

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  • Let’s experience life in Japan’s countryside and taste brand Wagyu beef in the natural and green Taiki Town. How about making it your second hometown?

    Let’s experience life in Japan’s countryside and taste brand Wagyu beef in the natural and green Taiki Town. How about making it your second hometown?

    "Farm Stay" is a program for visitors to stay and experience life in Japan’s countryside while enjoying the nature of Japan. The inn introduced this time is located at "Taiki Town, the best hometown village in Japan”, where visit...

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  • Enjoy spring early! Kasamatsu Kawazu-zakura Road and Matsusaka Bell-farm

    Enjoy spring early! Kasamatsu Kawazu-zakura Road and Matsusaka Bell-farm

    The weather is getting warmer, and spring is almost here. I wanted to photograph a typical Japanese spring scene, so I went to “Kasamatsu Kawazu-zakura Road,” a famous spot in Matsusaka City that has been the talk of the town on SNS.

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  • In Iga Castle Town, it is ALL about the Ninja

    In Iga Castle Town, it is ALL about the Ninja

    Ninja were a covert agent mysterious class of martial artists, spys and secret messengers in feudal and samurai era Japan, they prided themselves on being invisible and hiding in plain site, but in the castle town of Iga, in Mie prefecture you can...

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  • Wellness, Connecting with Nature, and a “Grand” Stay in Mie

    Wellness, Connecting with Nature, and a “Grand” Stay in Mie

    Mie is full of natural wonders, delicious food, and kind hospitality. The coastal towns, ocean spirit and deep forests can be a wonderful place to relax, refresh and discover moments of peace and connection. Enjoying a unique yoga program and then...

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  • Kayaking the Coast of Kihoku

    Kayaking the Coast of Kihoku

    For my final day in Mie, I’ll be exploring the Kihoku area on a bright and sunny day. We’ll start the day with a kayak ride on the coast, passing by multiple remote islands, then having lunch at a local Hawaiian cafe ”Douze Shokudo”with the be...

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  • The Sacred Shirataki Meditation and Temple in the Sky

    The Sacred Shirataki Meditation and Temple in the Sky

    Within the mountains of Toba lies a sacred waterfall where people have come to meditate for the past 1000 years. The mountain range expands out from the Ise Grand shrine and in this area, nature itself was once worshiped as a god. Many resolve...

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  • Fully enjoy nature in Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm!

    Fully enjoy nature in Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm!

    Get in touch with your inner farmer and immerse yourself in hands-on food-making workshops, getting acquainted with animals, and being in nature. Iga no Sato Mokumoku Tezukuri Farm, also known as Mokumoku Farm, an agricultural park located in Ig...

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  • Bicycle Journey through Shima City

    Bicycle Journey through Shima City

    Although it is officially labeled a “city,” Shima City is a treasure house of unspoiled nature. Think about this: it is actually located within the Ise-Shima National Park in Mie Prefecture! It is a surprise how such a destination so far-remove...

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  • Autumn at Akame 48 Waterfalls: colored leaves, stunning waterfalls, and fantastic night lights

    Autumn at Akame 48 Waterfalls: colored leaves, stunning waterfalls, and fantastic night lights

    This valley is located in the mountains of western Mie Prefecture, on the border with Nara Prefecture, and is part of the Muroo-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park. On this trip, I went to see the beautiful scenery that can only be enjoyed in autumn ...

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  • Mie's Unmissable Festival: the Ueno Tenjin Matsuri

    Mie's Unmissable Festival: the Ueno Tenjin Matsuri

    In late October, the usual calm of Iga City in Mie Prefecture is suddenly shattered by the pounding of taiko drums, blazing lanterns, and oni (demons) processions. What's going on? It's the Ueno Tenjin Festival, the crown jewel in the pantheon of ...

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  • Travel back in time to old Japan! Strolling around Sekijuku

    When you think of historical spots in Mie Prefecture, Ise Jingu Shrine is one place that comes to mind, but that’s not all. On this trip, we visited Sekijuku, a town that makes you feel as if you have traveled back in...

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  • Get to know the essence of bonito flakes, an indispensable ingredient in Japanese cuisine

    Japanese food is attracting worldwide attention for its health benefits, and “dashi” is indispensable to its flavor. Dashi is usually made from dried kelp or dried bonito flakes. This time, we visited a long-establish...

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  • Inabe Plum Grove: Spectacular Spring Scenery Rooted in Community

    For many people, spring in Japan means only one thing: cherry blossoms. In Mie, however, there’s more to the season than just sakura, and stunning views of plum blossoms bursting with color can be seen throughout the ...

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  • Suzuka Forest Garden, a magnificent world-class view in Mie

    The magnificent views of the cherry blossom petals blowing in the spring breeze is what people will think of in Japan’s spring season. But in Mie Prefecture, there is a different herald of the arrival of spring. The b...

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  • Go on a Springtime Adventure in Kuwana

    Japan is famous for its springtime cherry blossoms and Mie Prefecture is no exception. There are many cherry blossom viewing spots across the prefecture, but for those who want to go where those “in the know” enjoy th...

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