Author Archives: Danielle Markewicz

Aizu Hongo Pottery Market

On August 2nd, I woke up at three o’clock in the morning, rolled out of bed, into the car, and drove to Aizu Misato town. The Hongo Pottery market was that morning, and it started before dawn at four in … Continue reading

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Hanami — Spring Flower Viewing in Fukushima

Spring is on its way, and along with it comes hanami season! Hanami (花見)is a Japanese word that consists of the kanji for “flower” (花)and “to view” (見). It is the tradition of viewing flowers in spring time, particularly the Japanese cherry blossom, or sakura (桜). … Continue reading

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Nabe Cooking

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Skiing and Boarding in Fukushima

One thing Fukushima is famous for is the amount of snow that absolutely covers the area from December to March. You don’t have to hibernate under your kotatsu until spring, because now it’s winter and ski season has just kicked off in … Continue reading

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December Survey Results: What’s your strangest food experience in Japan?

“I was at a Japanese friend’s house and they had this weird purple egg-shaped fruit. They said it was a mountain fruit that people used to eat back before they could get decent sweets. Splitting the purple shell, the inside … Continue reading

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