Exploring the Land of the Namahage: Sights, Tastes and Traditions of the Oga Peninsula (Akita Prefecture)

In mid-November, JI Core 50 member Sarah Achilles travelled to Akita Prefecture in the northeastern Tohoku region, which is sometimes referred to as the ‘Land of the Namahage’. In Japanese folklore, namahage are trolls or oni (demons) that scare little Continue Reading

Discover Tohoku’s sake and culture with John Gauntner and Alex Kerr (Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture)

In early November, Jarman International collaborated with JEKI (the marketing sector of East Japan Railway) and JNTO New York to organize a webinar, which highlighted the deep culture and delicious sake of the northeastern Tohoku region. The guest speakers were Continue Reading

Here is everything you need to know about the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

If you are a non-Japanese passport holder (regardless of visa status), you can purchase the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) to unlock five consecutive days of unlimited travel across northeastern Japan. For a flat fee of 20,000 yen (10,000 yen Continue Reading

A spiritual marvel of the north – JI Core 50 member Adam Fulford discovers deep Japan in Yamagata Prefecture

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself home.” This phrase is found in one of Japan’s most famous and beloved classical literature texts called “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”, which was written by legendary haiku poet, Continue Reading

Discovering #FukushimaFriendly – Read all about JI Core 50 member Daniel Moore’s recent adventure in northeast Japan!

In late October, one of our JI Core 50 members, Daniel Moore, visited Fukushima Prefecture to explore its unique culture, rich history, warm community, and breathtaking landscapes glowing with the energetic colors of autumn. From trying on traditional samurai gear Continue Reading

Learn all about Japanese gourmet ramen & noodles with John Daub! (Live from Japan Rail Cafe in Tokyo station)

Japanese cuisine is no stranger to noodles, and YouTuber John Daub has travelled all across Japan to taste its countless varieties. Brought to you live from the Japan Rail Cafe in Tokyo station, John will introduce some of his most Continue Reading

Article about summer in Tohoku written by JI team member Chiara Terzuolo was published on Japan Today!

Although many of Tohoku’s beloved summer festivals have been cancelled or scaled down due to the pandemic, there are infinite ways to still have fun in this incredible northern region of Japan.  Visit Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park in Iwate, a Continue Reading

Join YouTuber John Daub on a Shinkansen ride to Tohoku while discovering the world of Japanese gourmet boxed lunches or “Ekiben”!

Ekiben are Japanese gourmet boxed lunches that are sold at train stations for you to enjoy during your Shinkansen ride. It is a quintessential Japanese experience that you cannot miss if you’re ever here! But you might wonder…Which one should Continue Reading

A thrilling adventure awaits you at Matsushima Bay, one of Japan’s three most scenic views (Miyagi Prefecture)

Have you ever heard of or visited Matsushima Bay located in Miyagi Prefecture? It is said that its vast azure sea glistening under the dynamic sky left even the most articulate Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, speechless. Dotted with over 260 Continue Reading

Apply to join JI Core 50 member and popular YouTuber John Daub on a special train ride to Tohoku on April 3rd!

East Japan Railway Company (JR East) recently launched a new campaign that aims to bring more people to Tohoku, and help support the region’s revitalization after the Great East Japan Earthquake devastated the area in 2011 (almost 10 years ago). Continue Reading