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I’m planning to do some posts on the Noto after my recent trip there, so I was pleased to see that RocketNews24 did one as well! Enjoy!

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Senmaida IshikawaFor those searching for a unique cultural experience in Japan, look no further than the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. The Satoyama and Satoumi areas of Noto Peninsula were the first in Japan to be chosen as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). It is a place where traditional fishing, forestry and agriculture methods are preserved to this day and visitors are invited to experience a taste of old-time Japan. Let’s take a look at what makes this area so special.

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Held in Nanao, Ishikawa pref., every May, the Seihakusai Festival (青柏祭) features three enormous floats that are said to ward off evil monkeys. (There’s lots of good information in English on Experience Kanazawa.) The Noto region of Ishikawa is famous for its summer festivals, but they’re not just kiriko (huge lantern) festivals.

Behold the dekayama:

Seihakusai Festival @ The Lobster Dance

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I’ve mentioned the precipitation of Ishikawa quite a few times on my photo posts. Even though it makes biking unpleasant and battling household mold a challenge in older homes, the constant rain in Ishikawa does make for a lush landscape.

Natadera @ The Lobster Dance

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Sakura Roof @The Lobster Dance

 

While we did get a few spectacularly sunny days in Kanazawa for hanami, two cold fronts and storms rolled through during the two weeks of blooming. Kanazawa, moody as always.
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The sakura were in full bloom in central Ishikawa at the end of last week. I managed to squeeze in some night-time hanami (flower viewing) at Rojô Park (芦城公園) in Komatsu before the storm hit us last weekend.

Rojo Park Hanami 2013 @The Lobster Dance
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Utatsuyama (卯辰山) is a small mountain in Kanazawa that stands taller than even the castle, and the Utatsuyama Park (卯辰山公演) area, accessible from Higashi Chaya-gai (tea district), is home to a number of gardens, including the iris garden I visited last summer. Last week, I hiked to the plum grove, which, in addition to Kenrokuen’s much larger plum grove, is one of the best places to view the plum blossoms in the city.

Utatsuyama, The Lobster Dance

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“In a Station of the Metro”
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
— Ezra Pound

Plum Buds 2012

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