Aloha! Tour Escort William here to report on our tour to the Tohoku region of Japan to enjoy the blooming Sakura Cherry Blossoms. Our tour began with our arrival in Sendai and transferring to our first destination Matsushima, one of Japan’s great Three scenic points. Our first stop was to the Shiogama Fish Market in neighboring Shiogama city. Shiogama is famous for having the most Sushi Restaurants per capita in Japan. We were...Read More
Situated at Sai on the southern tip of Shimokita’s axe-shaped peninsula is an elegant rock formation known locally as Hotoke-ga-Ura. This nationally designated Natural Monument derives its name from the wind carved cliffs that resemble the stoic supreme Buddha. Although Aomori is renowned for its snowy landscape, Hotoke-ga-Ura serves as a reminder that northern Japan has beauty to offer all year round. Visitors who wish to see...Read More
Matsushima Bay is not just one of three most beautiful and iconic views of Japan, but it’s also home to many temples, including Zuiganji. Originally founded in 828, lord Date Masamune, often known as the “One-Eyed Dragon” had this temple renovated and rebuilt, using lumber Mt. Kumano, and expert craftsmen from Kyoto and Kii. The first thing you’ll notice is the masterfully crafted building consisting of...Read More
Tohoku is a stunningly beautiful place, yet even by this notion, Matsushima Bay stands out as an especially beautiful location. This beautiful bay in the Miyagi prefecture of Tohoku is named rather simply: Matsu meaning “pine” and Shima meaning “island” indicative of its pine trees and the 260 islands that can be found here. One of the three Nihon Sankei (three most beautiful views of Japan), Matsushima bay is...Read More
This was a most memorable trip… We had the best seats in the house to view Japan’s premier fireworks festival. Nagaoka, Honolulu’s sister city, assisted us in getting the best seats to view “The Nagaoka Fireworks Festival”. There are no words to describe this fabulous festival with 20,000 fireworks munitions. Over 520,000 people came to see this festival from all over Japan including us from Hawaii! We...Read More
‘Date Masamune’, the first feudal lord of the Sendai domain, was called one-eyed hero as he had lost the sight of his right eye in his childhood because of smallpox.
Date Masamune, one of the powerful warlords, entered ‘Sekigahara no kassen’ in 1600, the greatest civil war in Japan, on the ‘Tokugawa’ side. Thanks to this achievement among many other things, he started castle construction while building a castle town, present ‘Sendai’ City in Miyagi Prefecture. His stipend assessed in terms of rice production was the third largest after the ‘Maeda’ clan in Kanazawa and the ‘Shimazu’ clan in...Read More