This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Little Kyoto Vol1

Mio’s next journey took her to Kitakata, known as the “Little Kyoto” of Fukushima Prefecture. Kitakata is renowned for its well-preserved storehouses (kura) and traditional charm.

Upon arriving in Kitakata, Mio first explored the town’s famous kura district. These historic storehouses, with their thick walls and distinctive architecture, gave her a glimpse into the town’s prosperous past. She visited several kura, learning about their various uses, from storing sake and miso to housing traditional crafts. The unique architecture and the stories behind each storehouse fascinated her.

Next, Mio visited the Kitakata Ramen Museum. Kitakata is famous for its delicious ramen, and the museum offered her an insight into the history and making of this beloved dish. She even got to sample some authentic Kitakata ramen, which was a delightful experience.

Mio then visited the Kitakata City Museum of Art, where she admired works by local artists and learned about the cultural heritage of the region. The museum’s exhibits included traditional arts and crafts, as well as contemporary artworks, providing a well-rounded view of the area’s artistic contributions.

Additionally, Mio explored the town’s scenic spots, such as the Nicchu Line’s weeping cherry blossom path, which is especially beautiful in spring. She enjoyed a peaceful walk along the path, taking in the natural beauty and reflecting on the town’s harmonious blend of history and nature.

Throughout her visit, Mio was charmed by Kitakata’s rich history, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. The town’s unique kura, delicious ramen, and vibrant arts scene left a lasting impression on her. This journey deepened her appreciation for Japan’s diverse traditions and inspired her future artistic endeavors.

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