Posts Tagged ‘ Matsushima ’


Jun 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Photo Gallery, Temples & Shrines

No arms, no legs, but a well know symbol of good luck in Japan, Daruma dolls were first made over 300 years ago at a temple in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture in the likeness of Daruma, the Japanese name for Bodhidharma and the founder of Zen Buddhism who achieved enlightenment by staring at a blank […]

Oshima Island Jizo

Jun 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Photo Gallery, Temples & Shrines

The bright red Togetsu Bridge connects Oshima Island (sometimes referred to as Ojima Island) to the town of Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture.  After crossing the short but stunning red bridge take some time explore the small island’s rocky terrain along winding paths that take you past more than fifty caves carved into the rock containing […]

Matsushima Seafood Makes Great Street Food

May 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Food, Photo Gallery

Matsushima, one of the Three Most Scenic Spots in Japan, is famous for more than just its small islands that dot the bay, its lovely views, ancient temples and shrines. Matsushima oysters are a regional delicacy that are served raw, deep fried, in burgers, battered tempura style or as part of a nabe (soup or […]

The Three Most Scenic Spots in Japan

May 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Travel

During the Edo period(1600-1867) a Japanese scholar named Shunsai Hayashi traveled across Japan on foot and documented the three most beautiful places he encountered in a book titled “Nihon Kokujisekikou” (Observations About the Remains of Japan’s Civil Affairs).  Despite the passing of more than 200 years, these three places still hold a special place in […]