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Transcript of Tohoku region
The climate of Tohoku is split up by the Ou mountian range. On the East, the weather is fairly cold, even in the summer but the region does not receive a large amount of snow. On the west side, it is fairly warm even in the winter, with an incredibly large amount of snowfall, especially on the mountain ranges. The mountainous areas increase the regions average yearly snowfall to around 3.5 meters.
Date Masamune-The one eyed dragon. A brilliant daimyo and tactitian of the sengoku era, he killed off and took over the lands of his family. Date refused to help Hideyoshi and was almost executed. Under Tokugawa Ieyasu, Date was given the Sendai domain which is now split into Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate. Date was never trusted by Hideyoshi or Ieyasu. Date is well known for his ethnics, often being quoted for saying, "Rectitude carried to excess hardens into stiffness; benevolence indulged beyond measure sinks into weakness."
It is famous for having some of the country's finest rice, sake (rice wine) and apples. Local craft products include traditional kokeshi dolls and various kinds of lacquer ware. They also produce many luxury items like calligraphy watches and the like.
The top three items of production and shipping ratio in Tohoku seven prefectures are electronic parts, food, and Information and communication electronics equipment. This makes them one of the major electrical manufacturers in Japan.
Getting to the Tohoku reigion can be accomplished by car, railroad, or plane.
The Tohoku, Akita, and Yamagata shinkansens are a fast way to get to Tohoku.
The JR East Pass is a great way to explore the Tohoku region by train.
Alternatively, one can follow the footsteps of Matsuo Basho and travel the Tohoku region by foot.
From Tokyo's Haneda Airport, the flight time to Aomori is 1 hour 10 minutes, to Yamagata is 50 minutes. The area is served by the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train), but it only runs as far north as Morioka. The time from Tokyo to Morioka is just over 3 hours, while it is 2 hours to Sendai.
1. What is the average yearly snowfall in Tohoku?
The best time to visit the Tohoku Area in general is during the summer matsuri (festival) season.
The region is famous for its well-preserved local culture and this can be best seen in the 'Four Big Tohoku Festivals' at the beginning of August. In particular, the amazing illuminated floats of the Aomori Nebuta Festival attract visitors from all over the world.
As a very rural area, Tohoku is well known for various natural and historical spots.
Kitakami in Iwate is a beautiful cherry blossom viewing spot.
Sendai Castle in Miyagi is the historical castle of the Date clan.
Aomori in Aomori is well known for its Nebuta Matsuri festival.
Yamadera in Yamagata is famous as the temple where Matsuo Basho wrote his haiku, " ".
Harako Meshi-Salmon Caviar Rice with Soy Sauce: Miyagi
Kiritanpo-Rice Skewers with Miso Paste: Akita
Kitakata Ramen-Flat, Wide, Chewy Noodles Made with Mountain Spring Water: Fukushima
Gyutan-Low Fat Beef Tongue: Miyagi
Wanko Soba-Mouthful Bowls of Soba; People Usually Eat around 50 Bowls: Iwate
Sasanishiki Rice-Flavorful, Cheap Rice: Miyagi
warriors through floats and dances.
Festival for a good harvest, celebrated with lanterns on bamboo poles.
Festival about the origins of Iwate, celebrated with taiko drums and dancing.
Flower hat festival, celebrated with dancing.
A festival to pray for a good harvest and to prevent famines in the following year.
Straw Sandal festival to pray for strong legs and to dance.
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The Tohoku Region participated in the siege of Odawara Castle in 1590
The Tohoku region is famous for its "Rape Blossoms" or nanohana.
Sendai Castle located in Miyagi is the home of the Date Clan.
It is popular for latecomers to go to Tohoku for cherry blossom viewing as Tohoku blossoms bloom later than regular Japanese cherry blossoms.
Almost 30% of Honshu is made of Tohoku.
Tohoku was one of the last areas of Japan to be modernized and has been more autonomous than most regions of Japan.
The city of Aomori is located at the base of the Tsugaru-hanto Peninsula, and is the political, economic, and cultural center of the Aomori prefecture. This port town used to be the main departure point to Hokkaido via ferry; and, although it remains the main port for car ferries, the opening of the Seikan Undersea Railway Tunnel and the advent of cheap flights have reduced ridership and many travelers now bypass the city altogether.
Hiraizumi in the southwestern part of Iwate Prefecture is a town extending up the Hiraizumi Hill on the west bank of the Kitakami-gawa River, that prospered for almost 100 years from the 11th to 12th centuries as the center of the Tohoku region. Over 3,000 national treasures and historical sites still remain, telling of the Fujiwara Clan that reigned over the area in the zenith of its prosperity. Iwate is the second largest prefecture in Japan other than Hokkaido.
Matshushima, a short train ride from Sendai on the northern Pacific coast, is considered one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Matsushima Bay contains over 250 small rock islands shaped by the ceaseless slapping of waves and pine trees misshapen by the winds. (Matsu means pine and shima means island.)
Akita City is situated in the mid-west of Akita Prefecture with the Dewa Mountains in the east and the Sea of Japan in the west. You can see the beautiful evening sun setting into the Sea of Japan. It is one of only a few large cities on the northwest coast of Japan and is an important port and industrial centre. Although the city dates back to the eight century, the city remains very little of the old city.
Yamagata City is a conveniently located city, being just a short trip away from nationally renowned sightseeing spots like Mt. Zao and Yamadera. Also, you can reach neighboring Sendai city in an hour long drive on the expressway, or reach Sendai Airport in an hour and a half.
Lake Towada, part of the Towada-Hachimantai National Park and, is at the top of a 400-meter-high mountain on the border between Aomori and Akita. The lake is a dual crater lake that was formed by the caving in of a volcano mouth formed by a giant eruption. With a depth of 327 meters, the lake is the third deepest in Japan and the largest caldera lake on Honshu.
Naruko Onsen is a classic Japanese hot spring spa village located in the hills of northern Japan of Tohoku Region. It is known for the restorative effects of its fine waters which contain all sorts of different, beneficial minerals: sulfur, which relieves hardened arteries and high blood pressure and leaves the skin feeling smooth, and alkaline salts that help remedy skin diseases and have been celebrated for over 1,000 years. There are some nice walking trails along the valley and a spectacular bridge crossing the gorge.
With roughly one million populations, Sendai is by far the largest city in the Tohoku Region. The modern city of Sendai was founded around the year 1,600 by Date Masamune, one of feudal Japan's most powerful lords. Many of Sendai's tourist attractions are related to Masamune and his family such as Aoba castle. Explore the ruins of Aoba Castle or rest and relax in the neighborhood of Mt. Aoba, which has been transformed into a gracious public park with nice view over the city. Today, Sendai is known as "The City of Trees" with numbers of trees in the city.
Kakunodate is a quiet town in the east of Akita. It is enclosed on three sides by mountains, and the Hinokinai-gawa River runs southwards through it. The original shape of the town was formed at the beginning of the 17th century, and from then on it developed as a castle town. The town has a refined, elegant feel, and is called the "Little Kyoto of Michinoku." Many traditional events are held throughout the four seasons in Kakunodate. If you come at the right time you can enjoy: the Sakura-matsuri Festival (cherry blossom festival) in spring; the Sasara-mai Dance in summer.
Lake Tazawa, a crater lake situated almost in the centre of the eastern part of Akita Prefecture, and at 423.4 meters in depth, is the deepest lake in Japan. The almost perfectly circular lake is filled with mysterious sapphire-blue water. Depending on the season and on the depth of light penetrating into the water, the colour changes from jade green to indigo blue, a sure attraction for visitors any time of year.
Mount Haguro is one of the Three Mountains of Dewa in the ancient province of Dewa, now Yamagata Prefecture. The mount is the lowest of the three mountains, standing at 414 m. A path of 2,466 stone steps leads to its summits amidst 600 year old sugi tree.
Yamadera in the northeastern part of Yamagata City is one of the prominent temples in the Tohoku region, and was founded over a thousand years ago in the year of 860. The temple grounds extend high up a steep mountainside. Its popular name, Yamadera, literally means "mountain temple" in Japanese. Everywhere in the vast temple area, you can find rock caves and queerly shaped rocks, eroded by wind and water, as well as many other temple buildings. The base of the mountain is located about a five minute walk from the Yamadera train station, and there are dozens of shops and restaurants that cater to the temple's many visitors. There is also a small visitor center just across the bridge along the way from the station to the temple.
Yoshitomi Shibata-Horse jockey. He won over 2000 victories.
Ans: 3.5 meters
2. What percentage of Honshu is Tohoku?
Ans: About 30%
3. What is Tohoku well known for?
Ans: Its cherry blossom viewing spots
4. What is the second largest prefecture in Japan?
5. What event in the year 1590 did the Tohoku region Daimyo participate in?
Ans: The Seige of Odawara Castle