Thatched roofs

  

This is a samurai retainers house of the Edo era. 

The Kanegasaki area in Iwate has a preservation district of important buildings.

Some are used as cafes. 

You can also see several old fashioned houses with thatched roofs at the Michinoku folk village in Kitagami city or Furusato village in Tono.

I have never lived in those kinds of houses, but I feel nostalgic and relaxed when I see them. 

Tono

  

Tono in Iwate prefecture is the heartland of Japanese folk tales.

It is a good place to experience the Japanese countryside. 

There are deep rivers where Kappa (human-like river creatures) sometimes appear.

Cucumbers are Kappa’s favorite food.

At The Tono story house, local story tellers tell folk tales about the places around there.

I didn’t have enough time to see everything, so I want to visit there again.

Craft beer

  
There are several craft beer companies in Iwate prefecture.

These are from the “Iwate Kura beer” company, which was established in 1995.

This IPA uses 4 times more hops than usual and it is very bitter.

My husband, who likes beer a lot, drank it, and he said it’s very good.

 In Tono in Iwate, the production of hops is number one in Japan.

And a craft beer named “zumona” is made there too. 

Hiraizumi

  

Hiraizumi is located in the northwest of Iwate prefecture.

The Heian Period temples and ruins here stem from the Ousyu Fujiwara family. 

Five of them were registered as world heritage sites in 2011. 

 This photo is a pond in the garden in Motsuji temple.

http://www.motsuji.or.jp

I also went to Chusonji temple.

The Konjikido attempted to express the state of Buddha’s paradise.

It is shining in gold. 

http://www.chusonji.or.jp/index.html

And also there is Amidha and two Bhaisajyaguru bodhisattvas. 

I liked them.

Wanko Soba

  
This is called Wanko Soba.

Wanko means “bowl”. 

Conventional Wanko soba is where a waitress stays near you and after you eat each serving of soba, she keeps giving you another one until you turn over the bowl to show you are full. 

In Hiraizumi Iwate, it is little different. 

From the first, the soba is served in many bowls.

Soba in each bowl is one bite size, so it is easy to eat.

You eat it with spices like chopped green onion, driedbonito shavings, seaweed, etc.

Next time I want to try conventional Wanko soba.