Writer: Steven M. Thompson

Steven has been living and working in beautiful Fukushima, Japan for over four years. His favorite thing is finding the small events and personal stories that happen every day, and sharing them with the community. When not writing and editing, he travels around eating or stays at home watching movies. 

Japan's Big Beer Gardens: Surround Yourself in Meat and Beer

It's no secret that Japan likes its beer, and anyone who has visited has surely spent some time with an Asahi Super Dry in an izakaya or a Sapporo Black Label from a 7/11. Drinking beer is something of a national pastime here, whether it's outdoors in the spring for cherry-blossom season, walking around at a festival, or at a 2-hour all-you-can-drink restaurant for end-of-the-year parties.

Fukushima's Hidden 850-Year-Old Temple: Shiramizu Amida-do

It's rare to find historical sites in Japan that haven't been reconstructed several times, much less ones that were built in 1160. Nestled away in a quiet suburban area of Fukushima's Iwaki City is Shiramizu Amida Temple, a simple wooden hall surrounded by carefully designed gardens and ponds. Beautiful in every season, the temple really shines in late autumn.

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