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Stories from Bakke

Because things do happen in the countryside
River behind Ottobatake

Discovering Ottobatake

It turns out I could not have picked a better spot to suit my needs. As Sachi switched off the car engine outside our destination, the only sounds were the trickling of a nearby stream, a far-off bird call and the lazy hissing of cicadas. The views from where we sat were no less pacifying. Ottobatake is surrounded by greenery for as far as the eye can see, composed of almost luminescent, shivering rice paddies, swaying wheat fields, and dense woodland beyond that. This all boded very well indeed.
Hokkoriyu main entrance

Hokkoriyu

Taking a hot bath should be one of the Japanese people’s favorite hobbies. It is not definitely a mere action of cleaning one’s body. It is not definitely a private action performed in one’s house. Hokkoriyu is a locals’ favorite after hard working days

Iyashitei Ganbanyoku

The hot stone against one's back feels not dissimilar to a massage, especially if you have the place to yourself and indulge in a few lower back stretches!

Outside Toilet

In this village, you often find a small cabin just next to the main house. This small cabin is in fact a toilet.

Syncretism

For more than 1000 years, Shintoism and Buddhism coexisted until the Meiji Restoration. In Tohoku, especially in rural areas, we can find the evidences everywhere.
House of the reckless man

A Reckless Man

Discover the true story of a villager of Masubuchi and his reckless plan to start importing a delicacy from Canada in the 1940s...
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