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“The months and days are travelers of eternity. The years that come and go are also voyagers”. As you know, this is a preface of “Oku no Hosomichi (the Narrow Road to the Deep North)” a travel writing by Basho Matsuo, a haiku poet. Tohoku region, called “Michinoku” since ancient times, has been quoted in a lot of haiku as a place longed for by nobility in the beginning of Heian Era. However, Basho not only longed for it, but also desired to travel there actually. Finally, he vacated his house, and left for Michinoku.
Fortunately, we don’t need to go to such lengths in order to travel Michinoku. Moreover, in Tokyo, we can enjoy the feeling of traveling. This time, from among antenna shops of six prefectures in Tohoku region, we are featuring “Iwate Ginga Plaza”, “Miyagi Furusato Plaza”, and “Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan MIDETTE”. Comparing these three shops, let’s go deeper in Michinoku.
Among many antenna shops, how do respective shops of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima differentiate themselves? Now, we are looking at their characteristic points.
[Iwate Ginga Plaza]
At the event space at the entrance of this shop, handmade packed lunches using foodstuffs from Iwate are sold. Kabukiza, a popular spot for foreign tourists, is diagonally across Harumi Street, and Shinbashi Enbujo Theatre is also about 5 minutes on foot. Therefore, visitors to them often buy the packed lunches. Also inside the shop, there is a local packed lunch corner, where Tohoku Fukko Bento (1,200 yen) is popular.
[Miyagi Furusato Plaza]
One of features of this shop is being able to eat grilled ox tongue (gyutan), an origin of which said to be Sendai. At “Date no Gyutan Honpo” on the 2nd floor of Plaza, you can enjoy real taste of gyutan. A set menu of gyutan is as reasonable as 1,780 yen, including rice cooked with barley and oxtail soup.
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