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  1. Mito Water Tower

    Mito Water Tower

    Two weeks ago, Asahi Shinbun ran an article in their "Retro Japan" series featuring the Mito Water Tower (水戸市水道低区配水塔 Mitoshi Suidōteiku Haisuitō), or lit. "Mito City Water Supply Low District Water Tower," a structure I remember from previous visits to the town. I found the unusual architecture...
  2. Meiri Shurui Fukushogun Daiginjo

    Meiri Shurui Fukushogun Daiginjo

    Meiri Shurui's Fukushōgun Daiginjō (大吟醸 副将軍) is made of Yamadanishiki rice milled to 40% and M310 yeast developed by the brewery. The Fukushōgun Daiginjō won a Gold award at the International Wine Challenge 2020 in London. Award tasting note: "Classic aromatic Daiginjo, lots of fruits, dragon...
  3. Raifuku Junmai Nama Hatsushibori

    Raifuku Junmai Nama Hatsushibori

    The Raifuku Junmai Nama Hatsushibori (来福 純米生酒 初しぼり) is made from Gohyakumangoku rice grown in Ibaraki and milled down to 59%. This unpasteurised Junmai has a mild aroma and is fruity on the palate. Moderate and refreshing acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish.
  4. Ippin Tokubetsu Junmai

    Ippin Tokubetsu Junmai

    The Ippin Tokubetsu Junmai (一品 特別純米) is produced of rice grown in Ibaraki Prefecture, milled down to 60%. The brewery states on the label that it uses its own rice polishing machines for the first 40% of the milling process. The Ippin Tokubetsu Junmai has a rich and mature taste.
  5. Koga Castle

    Castle Koga Castle

    Koga City is situated on the westernmost tip of Ibaraki Prefecture, at the confluence of Tone River in the south and Watarase River in the west. The town prospered as an important traffic point along the Nikko Highway. Koga Castle (古河城 Koga-jō) was built in the late Heian Era on the banks of the...
  6. K

    Any good onsen town between iwaki and tokyo.

    I will be visiting Japan on December 6th to 16th, I will be renting a car for a 1 day visit to Fukuroda Falls, Aquarium Fukushima, Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, かすみがうら市 水族館, and stop over for a good meal, if this is not possible to fit within a day schdule, I will probably leave out...
  7. Jingyu Yan

    Looking for old friend back in elementary school

    私は小学校時代の友達が探しています。私の日本語は良くないけど、友達と再会したい. 彼女の名前は広瀬なお、私たちは #堀原小学校 のクラスメートです。もし誰か彼女を見つけるのを助けることができれば, 本当に感謝します。 Hey guys, I'm looking for my old friend from 堀原小学校 in 茨城県水戸市(Mito Ibaraki). She was my best friend back in the old days. Unfortunately, due to my parents' work, I had to leave Japan...
  8. Tsuchiura Castle

    Castle Tsuchiura Castle

    Tsuchiura Castle (土浦城 Tsuchiura-jō) is a flatland castle (平城 hirajiro) located in the wetlands along the western shore of Lake Kasumigaura, at the mouth of the Sakuragawa (桜川), in Ibaraki Prefecture. It is also known as Kijō (亀城, Turtle castle), because in times of severe flooding it looked...
  9. Oda Castle

    Castle Oda Castle

    Oda Castle (小田城) is a Japanese flatland castle located in Ibaraki Prefecture. It faces the scenic Mount Tsukuba to the north. The map is based on Google Earth. Since the Kamakura Period (1185-1333), members of the distinguished Oda clan had been the successive lords of the castle. During...
  10. Seizansō


    The Kunugi-mon at the Seizansō: clearly visible the two pillars of quercus accutissima.
  11. Seizansō


    Onari-michi, the alley leading up to the main building
  12. Seizansō


    Detail of the main building at the Seizansō
  13. Seizansō


    The annex of the Seizansō
  14. Seizansō


    The restored main building of the Seizansō
  15. Seizansō


    The main building of the Seizansō
  16. Seizansō


    Annex building at the Seizansō (西山荘)
  17. Seizansō


    A life-size figure of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, better known as "Mito Kōmon" (水戸黄門)
  18. Seizansō


    The main building of the Seizansō. The original burned down in 1817 and was rebuilt in 1819 at a smaller scale.
  19. Seizansō


    The entrance to the Seizansō in Hitachiota with the Onari-michi, Mitsukuni's alley
  20. Seizansō


    The Kunugi-mon (the Oak Gate), consisting of two pillars of quercus acutissima symbolising Mitsukuni's proclivity for a simple life
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