Hanamaki 花巻市

  • Published on : 17/10/2019
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La plus belle ville thermale du Tohoku

Découvrez avec nous la beauté de Hanamaki, une ville chargée d'Histoire et une perle de la préfecture d'Iwate. Nichée dans les montagnes, cette ville est aujourd'hui populaire pour ces onsen, des sources chaudes naturelles à origines volcaniques.

Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum

The iconic character of Hanamaki is the writer Kenji Miyazawa. For Japanese literature enthusiasts, you’ll find exhibitions tracing his life and works in the Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum. Books, CDs and videos of his work are freely available. The museum also organises conferences and workshops about the author as well as concerts.

  • Address: 1 Chiwari-1-36 Yasawa, Hanamaki, Iwate 025-0011
  • Opening times: 08:30-17:00 (last admission at 16:30)

Local stories were collected during the Meiji era (1868-1912) by Yanagita Kunio, in a book entitled "Legends of Tono". Published in 1910, it's one of the first collections of Japanese folk tales.

The village of Tono is the birthplace of one of the most famous Japanese legends, the kappa. These creatures are mystical spirits who resemble humanoid turtles and who live around rivers, lakes and ponds. Legend says that they kidnap and eat children who venture near them, and serve to remind little ones of the danger of water.

Tono in Iwate, birthplace of the kappa


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