List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • Kumano Kodo is a World Heritage Site-Embark on a historic and spiritual journey along one of the many routes on the Kumano Kodo trail up and through the majestic Magose-Toge pass.

    Kumano Kodo is a World Heritage Site-Embark on a historic and spiritual journey along one of the many routes on the Kumano Kodo trail up and through the majestic Magose-Toge pass.

    The Magose-Toge is a mountain pass on the Iseji section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage path in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The route begins at Aiga Station, crosses the Choshigawa River and passes the Michi-no-Eki Miyama rest-stop before entering the fo...

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  • Matsusaka City and Momen:The Hottest Styles of the Japan of Yore Never Go Out of Fashion! Try on the Elegant Attire Made of Matsusaka Momen

    Matsusaka City and Momen:The Hottest Styles of the Japan of Yore Never Go Out of Fashion! Try on the Elegant Attire Made of Matsusaka Momen

    We’re here to talk about “momen”. This is the extremely high quality cloth that really put Matsusaka on the map ages ago. We’ll tell you everything you need to know concerning momen. You can get suited up in a classic striped momen kimono.

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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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  • Cycling around Mie’s Historic Town: Meiwacho

    Cycling around Mie’s Historic Town: Meiwacho

    For my first day in Mie, I visited the historic town of Meiwacho! For a small town overshadowed between 2 big cities: Matsusaka and Ise, Meiwacho had so much to offer and played an incredibly important role in Japan’s history. We rented some...

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  • Meet the master swordsmith who keeps alive the tradition of Japanese swords in Kumano

    Meet the master swordsmith who keeps alive the tradition of Japanese swords in Kumano

    We visited Kenichiro Sumiya, a young swordsmith who has a workshop in the deep forest mountains of Kumano City, and were shown around his workshop while listening to his stories about sword making and the history of Japanese swords. Written by ...

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  • 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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  • An experience-based tourism utilizing the rich local resources of Taiki Town! The story of farm stay guest houses owners who convey the charm of their region to people in Japan and abroad through their guest houses

    An experience-based tourism utilizing the rich local resources of Taiki Town! The story of farm stay guest houses owners who convey the charm of their region to people in Japan and abroad through their guest houses

    Taiki town is a small town with a population of about 8,000. It has a mild climate and is home to the sea, mountains, and rivers. With the Nishiki fishing port facing the Kumanonada Sea, the World Heritage Sites of Tsuzurato-toge Pass, Nisaka-toge...

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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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  • 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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  • Six Dazzling Fireworks Across Mie to Enjoy Online (Plus a Special Photo Contest!)

    Six Dazzling Fireworks Across Mie to Enjoy Online (Plus a Special Photo Contest!)

    Every summer, Mie Prefecture’s night skies are set ablaze with sparkling lights in the sky. Fireworks displays are an integral part of summer and create an exciting buzz that lasts for days. Because we can’t attend fireworks festivals in person th...

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  • A Rare Common Thread: Ise Cotton

    A Rare Common Thread: Ise Cotton

    Celebrated as “the spiritual wealth of the world,” the warm yet breathable, strong yet soft, wrinkle resistant cotton from Ise is a magic fabric that gets better with age. In Japan, it transformed the economy, culture and fashion of people across ...

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  • Visit Ise Jingu and learn about a 1,300-year-old ritual at one of Japan’s most sacred spots.

    Visit Ise Jingu and learn about a 1,300-year-old ritual at one of Japan’s most sacred spots.

    Ise Jingu is a sacred space in Japan with 125 shrines and boasts an area roughly half the same size as Paris. For most Japanese people, a visit to Ise Jingu is something they must do at least once in their lifetime. Approximately 2,000 years ago, ...

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  • Discover the secrets of the ninja at Iga Ueno Castle near where they originated from in feudal Japan

    Discover the secrets of the ninja at Iga Ueno Castle near where they originated from in feudal Japan

    The ninja hold a special place in Japanese history and are known around the world as symbols of stealth and unconventional warfare. These mysterious spies of feudal Japan practiced the art of ninjutsu, which was developed in Iga (now Mie Prefectur...

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  • Learn the art of traditional kumihimo weaving at Kumi no Sato.

    Learn the art of traditional kumihimo weaving at Kumi no Sato.

    Kumihimo are traditional crafts that are made by braiding dyed silk thread into beautiful accessories. The colorful braids were historically used to fasten the obi (sash wrapped around the waist) of a kimono and as accessories on samurai armor. T...

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  • Enjoy exclusive and exquisite Iga Beef at one of Mie’s most popular sukiyaki restaurants

    Enjoy exclusive and exquisite Iga Beef at one of Mie’s most popular sukiyaki restaurants

    Mie Prefecture is famous in Japan for producing delicious beef under strict conditions. The most well known is Matsusaka Beef, which can be found around the country in upscale restaurants and meat shops. The other famous locally raised beef is Iga...

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  • Beautiful panoramic kayak experience in Mie’s Ago Bay, exploring nearby Islands.

    Beautiful panoramic kayak experience in Mie’s Ago Bay, exploring nearby Islands.

    The Rias Coast has a unique shape, making it the defining characteristic of Mie Prefecture, in Shima City. Also, there are over 60 islands which are all different shapes and sizes. The entire city is designated as a national park, and there are to...

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  • The Lustrous Center of the Pearl Universe: Mikimoto Pearl Island

    The Lustrous Center of the Pearl Universe: Mikimoto Pearl Island

    In 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto harvested the world’s first cultured pearls. But that’s the end of the story. He trudged on through a harsh life to get there. Now, Mikimoto Island stands as a testament to his perseverance and to the kingdom he created.

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  • Nagashima Spa Land - A screaming good time!

    Nagashima Spa Land - A screaming good time!

    Are you ready for thrilling rides that will make you scream? Are you ready to soar more than 100 meters high and then dive almost all the way to the ground, or to fly like a bird through the air and over the ground and water? Come to the biggest...

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  • Wrapped in a Kimono, surrounded by history.

    Wrapped in a Kimono, surrounded by history.

    Tsu City’s Isshinden is Japan’s forgotten treasure. Once a major thoroughfare town, Isshinden is home to several important artifacts.Wear a rental kimono for a fun tour and photo shoot!

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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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  • 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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