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Posts tagged noto hanto

Marriage Bell

えんむすびーち noto hanto marriage bell


My random, desktop image of the day features yours truly six summers ago. We were checking out the Noto Hanto, and our friend/guide told us to go ring the bell for a lasting marriage. So far it has worked as we are in our 24th year of marriage.

P.S. えんむすび (縁結び or enmusubi) is a way to say “marriage” in Japanese.

Okunoto Senmaida

okunoto wajima Senmaida notohanto terraced rice paddies

rice paddy terrace

Just to the northeast of the town of Wajima on the Notohanto are these terraced rice paddies known as senmaida (or thousand rice paddies or 千枚田). There are several senmaida locations in Japan.

Gunkanjima (軍艦島)

Gunkanjima 軍艦島 Mitsukejima notohanto

Mitsukejima (aka Gunkanjima or Battleship Island (軍艦島)) on Notohanto (能登半島)

Mitsukejima (見附島)

noto hanto battleship island japan

Mitsukejima (also known as Battleship Island for its shape) lies off the coast of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture. Ryan and Ellie’s dear Ojiisan took us there. To the left you can see a small torii in the Sea of Japan.

Terraced Rice Paddies on the Sea of Japan (Senmaida 千枚田)


As mentioned a while back, we were able to make it to Ishikawa Ken (石川県) to visit Ryan’s homestay family. Actually, this turned into a second, mini-homestay for Ellie too as both kids stayed with Ojiichan.

Ojiichan took us on a wonderful drive all over the Noto Peninsula (能登半島). One of the many things we saw on that drive was Senmaida (or thousand rice paddies) which flow into the ocean, an amazing sight. During the summer the paddies are encircled in lights, but we didn’t stay around for the evening to see that spectacle.

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