Off the beaten path of classic tourist destinations in Japan, there lies Tohoku in the northeast part of the Honshu mainland of Japan. Having been nurtured by majestic nature and unique culture, the relationship there between people and the sacred is like no other. The sacred is found not only in a regular shrine or temple but also dwells in unpretentious customs and everyday traditions. Weaving straw to produce everyday items, telling orally-passed-down stories, and cutting paper to make patterns are an integral part of people's lives. At the same time, they serve as a prayer to nature, which can be both extremely harsh and blissful. Immerse yourself in local culture and experience manifestations of the quiet sacred—an alternative perspective of Japanese culture.
Located in the northeastern part of the Honshu mainland, Tohoku region is known for its abundant nature and unique culture. The population of the region accounts for 7% of the entire country, while the area accounts for 18% of the total land of the country, meaning it is not as densely populated compared to other regions. The region is known for food production, and the culture is distinct from the more popularly known Japanese culture, often represented by Kyoto or Tokyo. Although the region is large and each city is far apart, having a good Shinkansen network means it is easy to move across theectures. Come discover the lesser known, hidden gem of Japan.