Tohoku

We try making imoni, the beloved taro and beef stew of northern Japan【SoraKitchen】

This autumn staple of Yamagata Prefecture comes to our kitchen in Tokyo with the help of a friend from the region.

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Faster! Japan’s Shinkansen to get speed boost along Tohoku route

Good news if you want to get there even faster than a speeding bullet train can right now.

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Visiting the hotel half-destroyed by the 3-11 tsunami is a powerful reminder of what was lost

This preserved Tohoku building goes from completely devastated to practically unharmed in just a few floors.

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Japanese hot spring YouTuber finds her niche showing off out-of-the-way local onsen【Videos】

Into the water off the beaten path.

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Mysterious salt cauldrons predict disasters at one of the “Three Great Miracles of Japan”

We travel off the beaten track to one of the most fascinating holy sites in the country.

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We visit a tsunami-ravaged region almost a decade after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Rather than forget the horrors of the disaster, this coastal town has set up daily reminders of the tsunami on the streets

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You can help survivors of Japan’s 3.11 earthquake/tsunami in seconds with a quick Yahoo! search

Donations will be made for each person who runs a search for information about the tragedy, with funds helping farmers, students, and those suffering from depression and loneliness.

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Pokémon Lapras appears on streets, in lakes of Miyagi as part of new tourism ambassador role

Gentle giant Pokémon is helping prefecture damaged in Tohoku earthquake and tsunami recover.

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Convenience store in Sendai celebrates its foreign workers with a special store display

Customers who were curious about the smiling foreign workers ringing up their order at this local konbini can now learn a little bit about what they have in common.

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Solid Sakura: Gorgeous photos show cherry blossom season’s grand finale at Japanese castle

The castle is one of Japan’s top cherry blossom destinations, and these photos show why.

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From Tokyo to Hokkaido for under 50 bucks in train tickets–Part 2 of our Japanese rail voyage

The conclusion of our slow-life adventure to Japan’s northernmost prefecture with trains, hot springs, and so muh delicious seafood.

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From Tokyo to Tohoku for less than 25 bucks? Our epic Seishun 18 Ticket Japanese train voyage

Skip the Shinkansen and savor the journey with Japan’s ultra-affordable unlimited-use one-day rail passes.

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Moving video commemorates anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan

The tear-jerking video encourages viewers to “Search for 3.11” on the anniversary to help support reconstruction in the region.

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Breathtaking photos of one of Japan’s most beautiful hot springs have us ready to brave the snow

Ethereally romantic images remind us why a wintertime visit to a snow-covered onsen resort is extra special.

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The long road of the Chusonji Lotus spans nearly a millennium of Japanese history

The Chusonji Lotus is a truly epic flower.

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North Korea fires new missile over Japan, residents woken by government warning systems

Broadcasts warned residents not to touch parts of missile if found.

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Sexy Japanese actress strokes turtle head in tourism promotion video drawing complaints【Video】

Controversial video expected to be taken down shortly.

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Japan’s new Pikachu train ready to take Poké-passengers on a trip they won’t forget this summer

Adorably awesome Pokémon train is part of disaster relief project for tsunami-damaged region.

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Eva tie-wearing Japanese minister resigns after saying “it’s a good thing the tsunami hit Tohoku”

People in Japan responded to the remark with a heartwarming hashtag that immediately went viral, showing support for the Tohoku region.

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Travel tip! Japan Railways to offer awesome new three-day unlimited pass for Tokyo and east Japan

Planning to spend much, but not all, of your Japan trip in Tokyo? Then this could be an unbeatable deal.

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