Lala mew and Halal restaurant in Iwaki, Dec. 14, 2017 (いわき市 らら・ミュウと ハラル食堂 2017年12月14日)

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Today I participated in a group study tour of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima, which was a voluntary group of interpreter guides for Fukushima, and visited Iwaki City. It was a clear day with spectacular blue sky in Iwaki today, while other regions of Fukushima (Aizu and central area) were still chilly with snow and clouds. Photo above shows a sunny ocean view of Aquamarine Aquarium and Marine Bridge at Onahama Port.

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The ocean view was taken from Iwaki Lala mew as shown above, which was Iwaki City tourism and products center. On the 2nd floor of the center, a large exhibition of traces Iwaki had experienced toward recovery and reconstruction of the region was being displayed. Anybody can visit and see the exhibits to learn the facts of the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant accident and the recovery.

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Then we visited a new Halal restaurant opened this year in Yumoto district of the city. It was located 5-minute walk from Yumoto Station of JR Joban Line. The restaurant was certified by Halal Certification Committee that all items in the menu were qualified as Halal. We had curry dishes for lunch, which was extremely healthy and excellent in taste with reasonable price (\700-800).

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Shiramizu Amidado lotus garden blooms. July 10, 2017 (白水阿弥陀堂 の ハス 咲く 2017年7月10日)

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Today I visited Shramizu Amidado lotus garden in Iwaki City. The garden sees its best season in this time of year, around July 10th. The garden looked as shown above today. Although it’s already in its high season, there were not so many lotus flowers blooming in the garden. Still it was beautiful. Local people told me that many of the plants were eaten and damaged by wild boar this season.

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Photo above shows the lotus garden from a different angle. The whole garden was designed as Jodo or the Pure Land style garden.

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Photo above shows Shiramizu Amidado Hall in the far back with a part of the lotus garden in front. The building was built in 1160, which was during Heian Period, by a woman called Tokuhime for the memorial of her husband. The structure was designated as a national treasure.

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Many ducks were strolling around the garden as shown above. The location of the garden is 30-minute walk from Uchigo Station of JR Joban Line.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Ume blossoms at Senshoji Temple, Iwaki City, Mar. 25, 2017. (専称寺 の梅 いわき市 2017年3月25日)

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(Ume blossoms at Senshoji Temple, Iwaki City, March 25, 2017. 専称寺 いわき市 梅 2017/3/25)
Today I visited Senshoji Temple in Iwaki City. The old temple was established back in 1395. It is known as one of ume blossom sites in Fukushima Pref. with its several hundred ume trees. A photo above shows its bell tower building which stands in the precinct surrounded by ume blossoms.

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A description above is of the temple and the bell tower. Some of the temple buildings were designated as national important cultural assets. But they had suffered damage from the great East Japan earthquake. Repair work for the main building (hondo) and others is on the way. For this reason, the garden is open to the public only on 25th and 26th of March this year.

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Another photo of ume blossoms in the garden is shown above.

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This is a close-up view of ume flowers.

The location of the temple is about 1-hour walk to the east from JR Iwaki Sta. Please look at the map below.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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