Back in February, some friends and I rented a car and spent the day driving around doing fun stuff. We visited the coastal town Watari, played on the beach, went to a strawberry farm and visited Shiroishi Castle. This was all before the earthquake happened and I never got around to posting about our trip after that. But better late than never, right?
Our first stop was a hot spring hotel next to the beach, where we had amazing seafood for lunch. Mine was crab fried rice, with miso soup and pickles.
After a walk on the beach, we headed over to a local strawberry farm. Unlike American berry picking which is usually done in the summer, in Japan they grow berries in greenhouses and pick them in the early spring. Because they're grown in a colder environment, they're incredibly sweet! I was never a big fan of berries, but I've definitely come to like them over here.
|At the "ichigogari", or strawberry farm.|
Masamune didn't appreciate having his land stolen, and won back the Shiroishi area in 1600. He placed his relative Katakura Kojuro in control, and the Katakura family continued to live in the castle until the Meiji Restoration. During the Meiji Era, there was a revolution in which power was taken from the Shogunate and the Samurai class and returned to the Emperor. The Shiroishi Castle was destroyed during the Meiji Era, in 1875.
|Always good to know where to find a samurai if you need one.|
|The guy with the giant moon-thing on his head is probably meant to be Masamune.|
|Samurai don't really go for stealth, do they? At least you would never lose this guy in a crowd.|
|How a traditional castle wall is made.|
|The view of Shiroishi from the top of the castle.|
The castle is rather small and doesn't offer all that much to see, but if you're in the Tohoku region it's a fun stop. It was definitely a nice finish to our drive around the Miyagi countryside.