Enter the Yokocho

Today I want to tell you about yokochos. Yokocho is the word for a narrow alleyway crammed with tiny food-and-drink establishments. As the sun sets, these raucous back streets come alive all over Japan. Packed with bars and izakayas which are often staffed by a single person and can typically seat no more than six …

Oshima

Today I want to tell you about Oshima Island. The Japanese word inaka is often used to describe Kesennuma. Broadly speaking, inaka is a word which means “countryside,” “the boondocks,” “the middle of nowhere.” But from what I can see, inaka holds a lot of other meanings as well. In a country like Japan, where tokai (the …

I’m back!

Tomorrow will make two weeks since I’ve returned to Japan, and a little over a week since I started working at the Kesennuma Tourism Development Association. At the beginning of my last stint in Kesennuma, I had planned to do a weekly video blog (Which never got off the ground… ) To be honest with …