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JATA Ishikawa

While I’m working out some complex thoughts about Tsunayoshi, check out the Japan Association of Travel Agents‘ promotional video with World Order as they travel to my home prefecture of Ishikawa!

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Photo of Kazuemachi tea district, Kanazawa, in the snow

January 2012, Kanazawa.

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Pre-holiday rush and year-end sexism burnout got you down? Let’s bring in some warm fuzzy feelings with an adorable mascot. We’ve got to take a cute break before continuing on our fun-ruining rampage through pop culture, right? All sarcasm aside, let me introduce you to my favorite Ishikawa mascot, Wakutama-kun, the soft-boiled onsen egg (温泉卵) of Wakura Onsen (和倉温泉).

 

Image from Wakura Onsen's website.

Image from Wakura Onsen‘s website.

 

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Notojima‘s other main attraction is the glass art museum, which features international glass ranging from the practical to the abstract.

The design of the museum itself is sleek, playful, and modern.

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On the second day of our roadtrip, we headed to Notojima, a small island in Nanao Bay, halfway between Anamizu and Nanao, which is connected to the mainland by two bridges. It’s one of my favorite places in Ishikawa: the annual Notojima Te-Matsuri Craft Fair in October is always a treat, and it’s hard not to fall in love with Notojima’s scenic charms.

One of Notojima’s main attractions is the Notojima Aquarium (能登島水族館). Tickets are available at conbini nearby (for a discount) or at the door.

This cloudy day was great for exploring the aquarium.
Notojima Aquarium @ The Lobster Dance

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From Senmaida, we took the 249 toward Suzu, the northernmost town in the Noto Peninsula. Suzu’s main landmark is Mitsukejima (見附島), also known as “Battleship Rock.” It was cloudy and later in the day when we arrived, so I wanted to share some other photos I’ve taken over the years.

Winter 2010

The winters in the Noto are cold and snowy, and nowhere so much as Suzu. The winter sea is harsh, but it makes Mitsukejima and all the shores seem so dramatic, even melancholy.

Mitsukejima Winter @ The Lobster Dance
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I’m very much a city person, but I do like to escape to the country on occasion, and the Okunoto, the northernmost part of Ishikawa’s Noto Peninsula (能登半島) is just the place to get away for a weekend. As a victory lap of Ishikawa, some of my friends and I drove around the 249 during the last weekend in May.

The 249 is a long drive, taking roughly 2 hours (nonstop) from Anamizu to Wajima to Suzu to Noto and back to Anamizu. Two or three day-long trips are really needed to cover it all, but we tried to hit some of my favorite spots, spending one day exploring the Okunoto and the second in the Notojima area near Nanao. RocketNews24 had a good short guide to the Noto, but I’d like to show off the area in photos, starting with Senmaida (千枚田), the “Thousand Rice Fields.”

Senmaida @ The Lobster Dance

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