Ishikawa Prefecture

Japanese schoolgirls in sailor suit uniforms demonstrate 82 sumo techniques【Video】

These girls expertly throw each other around the ring to help promote high school sumo in Japan.

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We tried the expensive but delicious curry at Ishikawa’s Go! Go! Curry! But is it worth the trip?

Curry in Japan is not usually a fancy affair. It’s mostly found in places that are closer to a fast food level than a top-tier restaurant in Ginza — and that’s fine! Who can argue with inexpensive but delicious?

But not every curry restaurant is merely “cheap ‘n’ tasty.” Take, for example, Ishikawa Prefecture’s Go! Go! Curry, where you can get both regular curry and high-class 5,500-yen-a-plate curry! But is this US$45-curry worth the trip from Tokyo? We sent our Japanese writer Meg to find out!

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Traditional Japanese porcelain ware goes for modern look — with stunning results!

Ishikawa Prefecture, located on the central west coast of the Japanese main island, is known for its fresh seafood and unique brand of locally grown Kaga vegetables, as well as being home to the magnificent Kenroku-en, one of the three great gardens of Japan. It is also an area with a rich cultural and artistic heritage, including the porcelain craft of Kutani. Produced mainly in the southern part of Ishikawa Prefecture, Kutani ware is a style of colorful glazed porcelain with a history that dates back to the middle of the 17th century. Well, according to a post on Japanese information compilation site Naver Matome, it seems that the traditional craft is now receiving some renewed attention, as it adapts to more modern tastes with bright, pop designs. And once we saw some of the pictures, we could understand why people were taking notice — the works are positively stunning, not to mention outrageously cute!

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Nanao Bay, Ishikawa Prefecture: 98-percent chance of seeing dolphins in the wild!

Some of the smartest and cutest creatures to ever flip in and out of the sea, dolphins have long captured the imagination and hearts of us land-dwellers. Dolphin watching excursions seem to be as popular as whale watching excursions, and there’s hardly anyone who isn’t thrilled by these friendly mammals’ smiles and enthusiastic squeaks.

So, if you happen to be melting in the Japanese heat this summer, why not head out to Ishikawa Prefecture where you can cool off in the ocean—and have a 98-percent chance of seeing some dolphins!

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