Izumi Furukawa


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Izumi Furukawa

Hello. My name is Izumi Furukawa and I was born in Kagawa Prefecture. Before getting married in 2012, I wrote for various magazine companies and Internet based media organizations in Tokyo. After marrying, I moved to Hiroshima and am now raising my child as well as writing stories about my fascination with this area through Setouchi Finder. Most of the articles I write are about places I visit on weekends with my family. My favorite driving course is Route 375 from Saijyo to the Miyoshi Area, and my favorite food from the Hiroshima area is Anagomeshi (from Miyajima)!!

write up by Izumi Furukawa

Available Write Up: 75

2016.1.25 Gift Kagawa

Norikane Shoten, the Creators of Oiri, Kagawa’s Delicious Local Sweets Once Presented to Aristocratic Young Ladies!

White pieces with a diameter of around 5mm, oiri, Kagawa’s traditional sweets are made by cooking and drying mochi rice, and then cutting it into small cubes.

2016.1.24 Gourmet Hiroshima

Miyoshi Pione: The Luxury ’Black Pearls’ of Hiroshima!

I heard that there’s a luxury fruit called the "black pearl", so I went to Miyoshi city to check them out… Under the cozy autumn skies, I discovered that the fruit is...

2016.1.14 Gourmet Kagawa

Toshiake Udon: New Year in Kagawa Begins with This @ Sanuki Mengyo!

Sanuki udon noodles have been eaten in Kagawa prefecture since the time of Kukai (founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism). But did you know that in recent years a new custom has emerged to complement this local dish with a long history?

2016.1.9 Gourmet Kagawa

KITOKURAS : Café, Shop, Library, Toys… Fun Playground in the Woods for Children & Adults Alike!

When returning to my home region of Kagawa prefecture, this is a place I visit every time without fail.

2016.1.5 Gift Hiroshima

You’ll Want to Buy It Again! Setoda Lemon Cake, a Happy Hiroshima Souvenir from Andersen ASSE Hiroshima Station Shop!

As Hiroshima prefecture has two World Heritage sites, many tourists visit from all over Japan, and lately in increasing numbers from overseas.

2015.12.24 Gift Hiroshima

Hattendo Cream Bread : Super-Soft & Creamy & Popular Even Outside Japan!

Hattendo is a well-known chain of sweet shops that often appears on TV and in magazines in Japan.

2015.12.20 Gourmet Kagawa

A New Kind of Dessert: Ice Cream with Olive Oil?!

After an hour of being rocked on a boat from Takamatsu port, I reach my goal.

2015.12.2 Gift Hiroshima

“Snack Kitchen my Calbee” – Japan’s First Kappa Ebisen Shrimp Snack Shop! Find Hiroshima’s Latest, Freshest Souvenirs Here!!

Dear readers, Did you know that Calbee, one of Japan’s most famous snack makers, is from Hiroshima?

2015.11.20 Gourmet Kagawa

Another Famous Spot in Zentsuji City, Kukai’s Hometown! A 100+ Year Old Western-Style Villa & Kaikousha Café!

Designated as an important cultural property, the former Zentsuji Kaikousha building

2015.11.19 Hiroshima

The Striking Red Takes Your Heart Away: Welcome to the World of Genso Okuda!

Miyoshi city is located in the northern part of Hiroshima prefecture. In this sightseeing area with wineries and athletic parks, I visited the art museum of a local artist.

2015.11.10 Hiroshima

After the Peace Park & Okonomiyaki… A Movie Theatre?! Hatchoza, a Little Known Hiroshima Spot…

When sightseeing in HIroshima city, people usually to the Peace Memorial and then to eat okonomiya. But after that, what is there to do…?! If you’re unsure, I highly recommend dropping by Hatchoza, the movie theatre located on the 8th floor of the Fukuya Hatchobori Main Store, which is a department store located in the city's shopping district.

2015.11.1 Hiroshima

Shimo-kamagari : The Garden Island of History & Culture!

Located offshore at Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture, the island in the foreground with the appearance of a calm Japanese garden is Shimo-kamagari Island.

2015.10.19 Hiroshima

Natural Waterslider @ “Waterfall of Saburo”, a Great Family Spot!

A certain leisure spot in Fuchu city, eastern Hiroshima prefecture, is featured on Japanese TV every summer.

2015.10.16 Hiroshima

Hiroshima Kagura : Full Impact, Must-See Entertainment!!

On a certain Wednesday evening we visited the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen's Culture Center, located near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The aim of that visit was…

2015.10.11 Gourmet Hiroshima

Limited Edition Gourmet @ A Service Area Produced by the Famed Hiroshima Bakery, ’Andersen’!

Run by Andersen, a well-established Hiroshima bakery, the Kodani SA (service area) is located on the Sanyo Expressway as you head into Hiroshima prefecture.

2015.9.29 Gourmet Ehime

Yugeshima, The Island of Fresh Greens!

Floating near Shimanami Kaido, Yugeshima is one of Ehime prefecture's outlying islands.

2015.8.31 Hiroshima

Toukasan Summer Festival : Check Out The Latest Yukata Trends Here in Hiroshima!

It's 4 o'clock in the afternoon on June 6th. At a crossway in Hatchobori, Hiroshima city's shopping district, lots of people are walking, dressed in Japanese clothing. I wonder what on earth is happening?!

2015.8.25 Hiroshima

“Spingle Move” – They also Make Great Hiroshima Souvenirs?!

This time we’d like to introduce Spingle Move, a rubber‑soled Japanese sneaker brand from Hiroshima.

2015.8.24 Hiroshima

Joge, the Town of Beautiful White Plaster Walls! Also Recommended by the Hiroshima-Born Comic Duo, “Ungirls”!

In April 2015, the comic duo Ungirls were inaugurated as hometown ambassadors by Fuchu city, Hiroshima prefecture.

2015.8.22 Art Hiroshima

An Expert’s Recommended Spots in the Photogenic Town of Onomichi!

Onomichi city in Hiroshima prefecture has been the stage for numerous literary works and films.

2015.8.11 Hotel Hiroshima

Relaxed Setouchi Trips: General Goods Store in a 200-Year-Old Former Boathouse…

Osaki-shimojima, one of the 5 islands connected by the Tobishima Kaido highway, floats near the shore of Kure, a city famous for battleship Yamato.

2015.8.3 Gourmet Hiroshima

Ikuchijima Island: No.1 for Lemons!

Hiroshima prefecture is Japan's no.1 area for lemon production. And within the prefecture, Ikuchijima Island produces Japan’s no.1 lemons!

2015.7.27 Gourmet Ehime

Such a Treat! Enjoy ‘Sweets of Happiness’ on a Calm Seto Inland Sea Island…

After following Tobishima Kaido, which begins at Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture, I arrived at Imabari city, Okamura Island, Ehime prefecture.

2015.7.23 Gourmet Hiroshima

Hot Pot Recipe From a Brewery Town Seasoned Only with Sake, Salt & Black Pepper!

With its beautiul Namako-walled breweries, this is Saijo, Hiroshima’s famous sake brewing area.

2015.7.1 Gourmet Hiroshima

Cooking with Kids – Okonomiyaki for 1-Year-Olds!

Otafuku is the brand of sauce used on Hiroshima’s famous okonomiyaki!

2015.6.17 Hiroshima

Okunoshima: Fluffy Rabbit Island?!

For a mere 12-minutes from Tadanoumi Port in Takehara city, Hiroshima prefecture, our boat gently rocked along in the waves to an outlying island.

2015.5.22 Gift Hiroshima

Roadside Station Mihara Shinmei no Sato Even That Famous Sweet! A Treasure House for Gourmet!!

Mihara city, Hiroshima prefecture is located near the center of the Seto Inland Sea region.

2015.5.9 Hiroshima

850,000 Tulips!! Super Popular Sightseeing Spot along the Chugoku Yamanami Highway!

Connecting Hiroshima and Shimane, the Chugoku Yamanami Highway was fully opened in March 2015. During Golden Week, the Japanese spring holidays, there will surely be many people taking this route on their way to somewhere fun?!

2015.5.6 Hiroshima

A Tour of Onomichi’s Unique Renovated Houses!

Almost like a work by the Spanish architect, Onomichi’s ‘Gaudi House’ features an individualistic, elaborate design with added roofs, etc.