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Kumai Michiko@michi._.ko

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Kumai photographs the Tohoku region of Japan, primarily Akita Prefecture, where she was born and raised. Fascinated by the fantasy worlds depicted in picture books, she primarily photographs landscapes and photos of locals and their lifestyles.
(Tokyo Camera Club Contest winner)
camera:EOS 5D Mark III、EOS 6D

Photo Spots in Kamaishi/Iwate

Koiwai Farm

Photographer:
Kumai Michiko
Address:36−1 Maruyachi, Shizukuishi-chō, Iwate-gun, Iwate-ken 020-0507, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF16-35mm F4L IS USM 8sec F18.0 ISO100

Setting its roots firmly in the meadow of Koiwai Farm, a lone cherry tree called Ipponzakura stands against the backdrop of majestic Mt. Iwate. Ipponzakura is said to be planted about 100 years ago in the late Meiji era. Now a pasture to produce forage for cows and other livestock, the field around Ipponzakura used to be grazing land for cows. Since cows are not really heat-tolerant, the cherry tree was planted for them to offer a protecting shade from the hot summer sun. Don't forget to visit this spot too if you're visiting Iwate!

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Nanshoso

Photographer:
Kumai Michiko
Address:13-46 Shimizuchō, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0875, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF16-35mm F2.8L II USM 1/60sec F4.5 ISO500

This is a popular spot where visitors can take in the quaint atmosphere of traditional Japanese buildings and gardens that change the impressions each season. During 130 years of its history, Nanshoso has seen the turn of eras—Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei—as well as successive changes of ownership. Reflecting the social changes of those bygone eras, Nanshoso passes down its heritage to this day.

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Ichi-no-Taki Falls

Photographer:
Kumai Michiko
Address:Ishidoriyacho Osegawa, Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture 028-3185, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM 30sec F16.0 ISO100

Ichi-no-Taki Falls makes a drop spanning the entire width of Kuzumaru River, one of the tributaries of the Kitakami River. There is a path to the waterfall, and the surrounding area offers superb opportunities for birdwatching, forest bathing, stream fishing, and many more activities. One of the must-see attractions here in autumn are the fallen leaves whirling along the flow of the waterfall.

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Oshu-Aterui-no-Sato

Photographer:
Kumai Michiko
Address:Kitada Mizusawasakurakawa Oshu, Iwate Prefecture 023-0003, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF200mm f/2.8L II USM 1/2500sec F2.8 ISO100

In autumn, the rice fields of Oshu-Aterui-no-Sato turn into a sea of shining gold. Here, you can enjoy tanbo-art or rice-paddy-art. Huge pictures and characters are drawn on the canvases of rice-paddies by planting a variety of rice with unique colors. The best time to visit is from July to mid-August when the colors get vivid.

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Takashimizu Observatory

Photographer:
Kumai Michiko
Address:Matsuzakicho Kokoji Tōno, Iwate Prefecture 028-0543, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM 30sec F2.8 ISO4000

Takashimizu Observatory, at 797m/2615ft above sea level, overlooks the so-called "original scenery" of Tono in the Tono Basin enclosed by mountains. The geographical features of the Tono Basin cause the frequent rise of dense fog called “basin fog” when windless in early hours. It’s a scenic spot where the fog makes the sunrise in the eastern sky so impressive. I recommend during spring or autumn when there is a good chance that you'll witness the sunrise over the sea of clouds.

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Morioka-reimen/Cold Noodles of Morioka

Photographer:
Kumai Michiko
Address:12-5 Inarichō, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0142, Japan

EOS 5D Mark III EF50mm F1.2L USM 1/100sec F5.0 ISO800

Morioka-reimen is one of the specialties of Morioka, Iwate. It is served with chilled soup poured over iced noodles with toppings such as kimchi (Korean pickles), cucumber, boiled egg, and seasonal fruits. “Pyon-pyon-sha Inari-cho Honten” is one of the restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Morioka-reimen.

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