List of feature articles of Mie in Japan

  • River Activities at Mie’s Beautiful Nature: Odai

    River Activities at Mie’s Beautiful Nature: Odai

    River activities are one of my favorite activities during summer. It’s a great way to escape the summer heat and refresh yourself while being active and enjoying the great outdoors. Last summer, I had the opportunity to try some interesting ri...

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  • Touring the Islands of Toba

    Touring the Islands of Toba

    Toba was everything I imagined it to be: cultural, delicious, and fun. It’s the resort town of Mie with hotels lined up along the coastline, lots of seafood cuisines, and tons of fun things to do. During my time in Toba, I had the opportun...

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  • Tsuitachi-mochi in Mie: Lucky charms made just once a year

    Tsuitachi-mochi in Mie: Lucky charms made just once a year

    On the first day of each month, before the dawn's first light, the area around Akafuku Honten (main store) is very crowded with people. What are they all waiting for? The famous Tsuitachi-mochi, of course!

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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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  • Nabana no Sato - A one-of-a-kind feast for the senses!

    Nabana no Sato - A one-of-a-kind feast for the senses!

    Imagine an endless field full of flowers painting the land in swathes of bright red, yellow and white, the horizon fringed in clouds of cherry blossoms against a big blue sky. As dusk descends, paths lined among flowering trees illuminate the nigh...

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  • See the Unique Rock Formations of Tategasaki and the Stunning Blue Grotto Up Close from a Pleasure Boat

    See the Unique Rock Formations of Tategasaki and the Stunning Blue Grotto Up Close from a Pleasure Boat

    Tategasaki is the largest columnar rock formation in Nigishima Bay in Kumano City with a height of about 80 meters and a circumference of about 550 meters. The best way to see this incredible natural structure is from the deck of a pleasure boat. ...

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  • Gourmet Mie Day 1 –  Abalone feast at exotic Shima Peninsula(Article created by Cheeserland)

    Gourmet Mie Day 1 – Abalone feast at exotic Shima Peninsula(Article created by Cheeserland)

    I’m sure you already knew about my #47PrefectureMission and that I have completed this life mission early June this year. I visited Mie in 2016 for two things: 1.Ise Jingu Shrine 2. Matsusaka Beef The two things that Mie is probably most f...

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  • Japan Local Railway : Sangi Railway Adventure

    Japan Local Railway : Sangi Railway Adventure

    The Sangi Railway is a relic of sorts that proudly services the locals in Mie, and fortunately, can lead you to places that otherwise would be very difficult to access. It winds through mountain scenery and quiet villages. The beauty of the area i...

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  • Aquaignis, the place with amazing bread, cake, meals, and hot spring! What about a luxurious day in this integrated resort with hotels?

    Aquaignis, the place with amazing bread, cake, meals, and hot spring! What about a luxurious day in this integrated resort with hotels?

    Aquaignis, the super-hot spot in Komono-cho, Mie prefecture. From star chef Hironobu Tsujiguchi’s mouth-watering desserts to natural pure Kataoka hot spring, it’s the integrated resort with glamour of “heart-healing” and “cuisine”. It’s perfect ...

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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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  • Mijumaru Train: Pokémon on the Rails of Mie

    Mijumaru Train: Pokémon on the Rails of Mie

    When I told my 7 and 10-year-old sons that we would ride the Mijumaru Train, they first looked through their hundreds of Pokémon cards (the Pokémon Trading Card Game) and Pokémon MEZASTAR tags (tags that are distributed for the "Pokémon MEZAS...

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  • Sensational Summer Fun in Kuwana: Kuwana Ishidori Matsuri

    Sensational Summer Fun in Kuwana: Kuwana Ishidori Matsuri

    From cool summer sweets to samurai swords and Japan’s loudest festival, Kuwana City has a treasure trove of activities and treats to check out this season.

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  • Finding Adventure in the Forests of Mie

    Finding Adventure in the Forests of Mie

    The forests of Mie are famous in history and legend. Trees and forestry are a big part of the culture throughout the prefecture. There are also new and exciting ways to celebrate the natural wonders of Mie and learn about yourself along the way. E...

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  • Cycling & Pottery in Iga: New Ways of Experiencing the Ninja Capital of Japan

    Cycling & Pottery in Iga: New Ways of Experiencing the Ninja Capital of Japan

    Iga, in Mie Prefecture is the undisputed home of the Ninja. The Castle above town and many of the landmarks pay respect to the Ninja and their history, culture and heritage. In my time in Iga I had many chances to learn more about this interesting...

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  • Discover the Beauty of Ise’s Legendary Futami

    Discover the Beauty of Ise’s Legendary Futami

    Along the southern coast of Ise Bay lies Futami, a spiritual corner of Ise City that is enveloped in Shinto myths and legends. For centuries, pilgrims have stopped at Futami Okitama Shrine here to purify themselves before visiting the venerated sh...

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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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  • The "Thousand Rice Terraces" of Maruyama Senmaida

    The "Thousand Rice Terraces" of Maruyama Senmaida

    When we imagine the rustic past of ancient Japan, what comes to mind? Many may envision rice terraces curving along mountain slopes, their waters glinting in the sun and lush green leaves swaying in the breeze. Such fields, called “tanada,” are co...

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  • Trip to Kumano Vol. 2: Onigajyo—The Spectacular View Spot Created by Nature

    Trip to Kumano Vol. 2: Onigajyo—The Spectacular View Spot Created by Nature

    Stunning Onigajo World Heritage site in southern Mie Prefecture, an epic work of art made by nature. Experience the mysterious scenery of the natural environment that weaves along the sea and rocks.

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  • Nature, Nurture, Culture: Unagi in Tsu City

    Nature, Nurture, Culture: Unagi in Tsu City

    Ah, summertime. The season of ice cream, watermelon, popsicles, and… grilled eel. Wait a second. Did you say eel? That’s right. Known in Japan as "unagi", eel is a summertime treat of the Japanese archipelago prized for its power to rech...

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  • Explore Matsusaka’s Edo Period merchant houses and castle ruins in a kimono

    Explore Matsusaka’s Edo Period merchant houses and castle ruins in a kimono

    Matsusaka is a city in Mie Prefecture where visitors can eat the famous local beef, see ancient castle ruins, learn about the area’s history at inviting museums and explore Edo Period(1603-1868) merchant shops while wearing traditional clothing....

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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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