Iwate Prefecture

IWATE prefecture

IWATE prefecture Natural features Iwate, the largest prefecture on the Main Island of Honshu, is the northeastern section of Honshu. It faces Aomori Prefecture on the north, Akita Prefecture on the West, Miyagi Prefecture on the south, and borders the Pacific Ocean on the east. Iwate stretches 122km from east to west and 189km from north to south. Its coastline has a total length of...

Four Season of Hanamaki

Four Season of Hanamaki This corner introduces an annual event of Hanamaki City and beautiful views of the four different seasons in Hanamaki. Spring Index April 29 - Osawa Hot Spring Konsei Festival Late April to early May - Hanamaki Hot Spring Cherry Blossom Festival May 15th - Takamura Festival Late May to early June - Peony Gardens Summer Index May-June - Leis, flower banks,...

Hanamaki Hot Spring

Hanamaki Hot Spring The waters were first brought here from Dai Hot Spring in the 11th year of the Taisho Period.This Hot Spring town with its many cherry trees and pine trees and rose gardens is without equal as one of the best Hot Spring resort in the country. Hanamaki Hot Spring Resort was established in 1936, the Hanamaki Hot Spring Hotel is well known throughout Japan as one of the...

Kenji Memorial Stone of Hanamaki City

"Amenimo Makezu" Memorial Stone The memorial, erected after Kenji’s death, stands on the former site of the Rasuchijin Association(see below) The engraving for the Memorial stone comes from the last part of Miyazawa Kenji’s famous poem, “Amenimo makezu”. The holograph for the en-graving was done by another of Hanamaki’s favorite sons, Takamura Kotaro. Kenji’s remains...

Hanamaki - The Homeland of Kenji Miyazawa

Kenji is known as a writer of children's stories as well as poetry. His works have been introduced to every country worldwide. However, his children's stories and poetry are just some of his achievements. As an artist he was also very knowledgeable in music, painting and the theater. As a scientist he researched geology, astronomy, and biology among others, and also...

Kenji Miyazawa Dowa-mura of Hanamaki City

Kenji Miyazawa Dowa-mura of Hanamaki City Using Kenji’s nursery tales as it’s theme, adults as well as children can enjoy this facility. Here one can experience a world of dreams. The doors opened in July 1992, beginning with the Dowa-mura Festival held from July 26 through to September 8. Be amazed when you come face-to-face with Kenji’s world at the modern fantasy lands, Dowa Mura and Kenji’s School. At...

Ihatov Centre (Miyazawa Kenji Ihatov Museum) of Hanamaki City

Each of Kenji’s works are researched and displayed in this general exhibition. Lovers of Kenji’s works and researchers all gather here. Miyazawa Kenji Ihatov Museum collects books, research bulletins, magazines and art works about Kenji and is the headquarters of the Miyazawa Kenji Association, Ihatov Center, an association for researchers and fans of Kenji. Books,...

Miyazawa Kenji Museum of Hanamaki City

Miyazawa Kenji Museum of Hanamaki City Photographs,enlarged panels, video and slide presentations are some of the ways that Miyazawa Kenji---the man, his life history, poetry, adult-oriented juvenile stories and other works・・・is described to us in full detail at the Miyazawa Kenji Museum. The museum,located halfway up a large forested fill, is encircled by a thicket of trees; the diaphanous wind and...

Miyazawa Kenji Timeline of Hanamaki City

Year Events 1896 Miyazawa Kenji is born as the first son to a couple who earned a humble living as pawn shop owners in what is currently known as the Toyosawa district of Hanamaki City. Becasue his parents were devout Buddhists, Kenji was born into and would be greatly influenced by his secular household. 1903 7yrs. Kenji enters Hanamaki's Kawaguchi elementary school...

Miyazawa Kenji and the Farming Community of Hanamaki City

Miyazawa Kenji and the Farming Community of Hanamaki City Site of the Rasu Chijin (Men Of Earth) Society Miyazawa Kenji was born the eldest son into a humble family who ran a local pawn shop. The activities of the family business included lending money at relatively high interest rates to local farmers. In addition, they would collect second-hand clothes and resell them to others for profit. Kenji reflected in his later...

Miyazawa Kenji and Literature of Hanamaki City

Miyazawa Kenji and Literature of Hanamaki City The original copy of `Mental Sketchbook`, a collection of poems published by Kenji which includes his famous, `Spring and Asura`. Miyazawa Kenji was just a 3rd grader in elementary school when he heard for the first time, and thereafter fell in love with, childrens fairy tales. His favorite times were when the teacher would read aloud to the class stories of...

Miyazawa Kenji and Buddhism of Hanamaki City

The Lotus Sutra One of 1,000 copies of which Kenji gave to his father to pass out to others as a final wish before dying. It is said that Kenji's first encounter with formal Buddhism occured at the age of 10 when he attended a Buddhist Society meeting sponsored by his father at Osawa Hot Springs. In his childhood, Kenji's aunt Yagi would often recite Buddhist prayers...

Miyazawa Kenji and Natural Science of Hanamaki City

Miyazawa Kenji and Natural Science of Hanamaki City Fossilized Butternuts collected by Kenji at the `English Coast`. Kenji's interest in collecting insects and minerals is said to have developed around the time he was in the fourth grade. Having been nicknamed "Ishiko", or 'rock child', he could often be seen taking long walks upstream along the Toyosawa river in search of natural treasures. Fossilized Butternuts...