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Tohoku, Japan ~ Iwate Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeah‼️ Happy New Year 2022 to all 😁

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From SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 earlier blogging about the 2 sessions of Japan 🇯🇵 National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan 🇯🇵 Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas 👍🏻 Tohoku region in Japan 🇯🇵

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/ & 2nd session about Miyagi Perfecture & things to do via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/11/23/tohoku-japan-miyagi-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 3rd session @ 15 Dec & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Iwate Prefecture here. Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift 🎁 ~ a Tokyo 2020 Olympic: Mino Ware Small Cup , special thank you 😃

Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new 🆕 normal travel in Japan 🇯🇵by Ms Tan that Japan border remained closed as at to-date for foreigners. More updated details via 🌐 https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Ms Tan also shared about some recent MATTA survey statistics gathered ie. Top 5 popular elements in Japan are Japanese foods, accommodations, 4 seasons experience, hot springs (Wellness tourism) & winter activities. About 50% consumers will rely on travel agencies to arrange their overseas & Japan trips post COVID19

The session was continued with the interesting travel & living experiences in Iwate by various presenters ie. Ms Munirah, Ms Doris & Mr Isrami

Sharing from Ms Munirah 🧕🏼 (Malaysian student) & shown us a live walk around the Takamatsu Pond, Morioka etc. nearby the Iwate University where she is studying currently. She has explained about the Morioka Sansa Odori Festival @ Morioka city, more details via http://www.sansaodori.jp/foreign/english.php . A halal restaurant for Wanko Soba @ Azumaya Honten , Morioka city, more details via https://wankosoba.jp/en/wankosoba/

Next, sharing from Ms Doris 🙋🏻‍♀️ from Iwate Tourism Department about some festivals at Iwate ie. Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Chagu Chagu Umakko & Hayachine Kagura (Intangible Cultural Heritage) . She recommends the 2 hours 11 mins ride from Tokyo to Iwate with Tohoku Shinkansen. Some of the must visit World Heritage Sites in Iwate are Hiraizumi & Hashino Iron Mining & Smelting Site. Also Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor, Hachimantai Dragon Eye, Tenshochi, Jodogahama Beach & Kitayamazaki

Mr Isrami actually shared that he has planned a Sakura tree 🌸🌳😍 Wow‼️ Also he has recommended some must visit places in Iwate ie. Geibikei Gorge, Koiwai Farm 小岩井農場, to enjoy summer ski, cycling (More details via http://www2.pref.iwate.jp/~hp2516_4/index.html) , 😀

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Things To Do @ Iwate Prefecture

SiennyLovesDrawing has recently read online about the ONLY lone surviving tree 🌳 of the Takata Pine Forest from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami in 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture 🇯🇵🗾

This 250-year-old “miracle” pine is the only 1 among 70K trees left standing along the town’s coastline after the disaster. Actually it’s initially survived, but was removed last Sept after its roots died from exposure to saltwater

Now a reconstruction of it stands at its place. Some young pine trees are growing again along the city’s coastline 🗾 & thanks to the great 👍🏻 restore efforts

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Mr Isrami has highly recommended Geibikei & must be one in the top list‼️ Geibikei is a gorge located in Ichinoseki area of Iwate. It’s with beautiful scenery of red, orange and yellow color of autumn leaves 🍁🍂🍁 on the cliff & both sides of the river during autumn with a boat 🛶 ride which steered by local Japanese. Easy 🚃 access by taking train to JR Geibikei station & walk for about 5 mins. More info via 🌐 http://www.geibikei.co.jp/en/index.html

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For hiking 🥾⛰️ lovers , Mt. Iwate is the tallest mountain in Iwate prefecture. It is 2,038m tall & can be seen all the way from Aomori Perfecture. It gets snow before most of the other mountains & snow can been seen on it from Oct onward every year

Ms Doris has recommended Hiraizumi for Chuson-ji Buddhist Temple listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a place not to be missed when visiting Iwate @ Tohoku, Japan. More info via http://www.chusonji.or.jp/en/ . Also to visit the Motsuji Temple which possess 1 of the few remaining Pure Land Gardens in Japan, ie. a popular garden style in ancient times & attempting to recreate the Buddhist concept of the Pure Land or “Buddhist Paradise”. More info via http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/archive/sightseeing/motsuji.html

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Hachimantai, it’s a scenic spot in the Iwate Prefecture which shared by Ms Doris in her session. There is a mountain which stands at an altitude of 1,614m & straddles the Akita & Iwate prefectures, it has a plateau around it which has been designated as Towada Hachimantai National Park with seasonal flowers from spring to autumn & snowing in winter. Not to miss the Kagaminuma on the Hachimantai mountaintop promenade aka Dragon Eye when the snow melts from mid-May to mid-June. About 2 hours by bus from JR Morioka Station to Hachimantai & Kagaminuma

Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor is a 27km mountain sightseeing road that runs through Towada-Hachimantai National Park straddling Iwate & Akita. 1 of the best roads in Japan for a scenic drive with impressively high walls of snow on both sides. The snow walls which can reach a height of 6m. Note: It may be closed during winter due to heavy snow as shown via https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/posts/1823397997811059

Ms Doris also recommends Jodogahama Beach aka “Pure Land Beach” which located within Sanriku Geopark in Iwate Prefecture. The clear blue water, white rocks & green pines actually listed in Japan’s 100 Best Beaches of Japan
The Koiwai Farm 小岩井農場 as recommended by Mr Isrami to visit for its Mt Iwate backdrop & a agrotourism destination in Iwate, Tohoku. A 3000-hectare private farm since 1891 located scenically at the base of Mt. Iwate & is most famous for its dairy products ie. milk, cheese, yogurt, milk ramen etc. Must visit the museum in Kamimaru Cowshed area to learn about the 125 years of Koiwai Farm history. Must enjoy a ride on the horse tram about 10 mins that has been used for 50 years since 1904 for sightseeing, see sheep grazing on pastures & the view of the beautiful 100 years supervised forest. Also can enjoy a dairy barn shuttle too. More info via https://www.koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/

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Website 🌐 : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/iwate/ & https://visitiwate.com/

You may enjoy some videos via https://www.japan.travel/en/my/beauty-of-hokkaido-tohoku/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s 🇯🇵Leading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via 🌐 https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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Tohoku, Japan ~ Miyagi Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeah‼️ From SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 earlier blogging about the 1st session of Japan 🇯🇵 National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan 🇯🇵 Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas 👍🏻 Tohoku region in Japan 🇯🇵

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 2nd session @ 18 Nov & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Miyagi Prefecture here. Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new 🆕 normal travel in Japan 🇯🇵by Ms Tracy Lim. More updated details via 🌐 https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Then followed by interesting travel & living experiences in Miyagi by various presenters ie. Ms Nadia, Ms Olivia Lam etc.

Sharing from Ms Nadia 🧕🏼 (Malaysian student from Kedah) in her 6th year in Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Perfecture & shown us a live walk from her Tohoku University, a famous shopping street arcade & its surrounding. She also told about Date Masamune, a famous samurai war ford. Love that Sendai is known as City Of Trees, we need more of tree cities around the globe. Read more via 🌐 https://sendai-experience.com/en/

Next, sharing from Mr Nagi Cao 🙋🏻‍♂️ from Miyagi Tourism Department & Miyagi is actually his hometown. Only 1% foreign tourists visiting here, a hidden gem to SiennyLovesDrawing when she heard it 🤩

Also Miyagi Perfecture is good for family with kids to travel around as shared by Ms Olivia Lam 💁🏻to end this online seminar

Ohh ya…Ms Olivia 💁🏻 has recommended about Zunda Mochi, a specialty wagashi (ie. Traditional Japanese sweet) of Miyagi which made from sweetened Edamame. Wow‼️ Sound tempting delicious 😋🤤 to SiennyLovesDrawing as she loves mochi & edamame a lot

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Things To Do @ Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Perfecture was once affected by a serious earthquake slightly 10 years ago, do check out this clip via 📹🌐 https://youtu.be/YJxIxcuvyYI to observe the Miyagi’s reconstructed areas

Mr Nagi has shared some famous destinations to visit in Miyagi during each of the 4 seasons as well as some special unique reason to enjoy

Funaoka Castle Park in Shibata is well known as thousand cherry trees & more than 200K tourists visited each year during the cherry 🌸 blossom season 😲 It’s particularly known for a slope car that goes up & down the mountain through the cherry trees & a famous Kannon statue standing 24m tall @ the top of the mountain 🏔️ that was built as a symbol of peace & security. More info via 🌐 https://www.skbk.or.jp/en/shibata-cherry-blossom/ & welcome to check out more about the beautiful scenes in this photos album via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3800703606712937/

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Miyagi has incredible festivals all-year round, summer is especially packed with celebrations, some of its festivals are in this FB video via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/visitmiyagi/posts/2210512775732036 , eg. famous historical festival named Sairi Genya with beautiful 100 lanterns surrounding the Sairi Yashiki old warehouse buildings. Also to check out the Hirose River Lantern Festival for “Toro-nagashi” aka lantern floating, a Japanese Obon tradition where people float paper lanterns down a river

Michinoku Yosakoi Festival every year with thousands of dancers in almost 200 teams from all over Japan 🗾🇯🇵 filled the street of Sendai to perform “Yosakoi”, an energetic group dance that combines traditional Japanese dance movements & modern music. However, due to global health pandemic, stream the Yosakoi dance online named “Online Michi YOSA”. For more info via 🌐 https://michinoku-yosakoi.net

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As an art lover, she really wish to be at the famous Reborn Art Festival which held almost every year. It was 1st held after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster & with aims to promote recovery in the region & has since grown as a popular event to celebrate creativity & expression. The Kohei Nawa’s captivating White Deer (Oshika) installation in Oginohama, Miyagi. It’s with online video exhibits this year @ Ishinomaki City area, Oshika Peninsula, Onagawa Station area, do check out via 🌐 https://www.reborn-art-fes.jp/en/shikanoyukue/

The most popular nature adventures here is birds watching @ Izunuma in northern Miyagi Prefecture. Suggest to visit in the summer when lotus blooms spread across the lake like a giant carpet. Must try a boat ride through the middle of the lotus flowers. For more info via 🌐 https://www.tohokukanko.jp/en/attractions/detail_10008.html

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For family with kids, it’s recommended by Ms Olivia to visit the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium 🐠🐟🐡🐬🐳, the coastal area of eastern Sendai City. Also a favorite weekend getaway for local Japanese families & a popular dating spot for young couples

With almost 10K square meters floor area & over 300 kinds of aquatic animal & plant specimens on display, including a school of 25K sardines, exhibitions of the Sanriku sea & deep-sea fishes

Yes✅, 1 of the largest aquariums in the Tohoku region. Visitors can also view dolphin & sea lion performances etc. More info via 🌐 http://www.uminomori.jp/umino/en/index.html

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Must visit to Zuihoden aka Samurai Residence. It’s the date mausoleum famed resting place of Date Masamune, the founder of Sendai & is a mainstay among Miyagi’s attractions. More about one of Sendai’s most treasured landmarks via 🌐 https://tsumugu.yomiuri.co.jp/en/learn/mausoleum-of-one-eyed-dragon-a-sight-to-behold-in-sendai/ & 🌐 https://www.zuihoden.com/en/

A vibrant model of Japanese architecture, Zuihoden also entombs Masamune’s son & grandson, Date Tadamune & Date Tsunamune. It’s a quiet spot with lots of greenery & hydrangeas adding to its tranquil beauty

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Ohh ya…Miyagi Prefecture is with this scenic spot named Naruko Gorge, located in Osaki City. Cliffs reach about 100m high & stretch for 2.5 km, the “V-shaped canyon” formed by the erosion of the Ootani River is really a sight to behold especially when autumn season 🍁

A perfect photo spot would be the Naruko Gorge Rest House @ Nakayamadaira side entrance of the Naruko Gorge Trail & Oofukazawa Bridge to see the leaves changing color 🤩😍

Must enjoy the Naruto Onsen, hot spring village of Naruko-onsen-kyo, located in the north of Miyagi Prefecture. It consists of 5 hot springs. More info via 🌐 http://en.naruko.gr.jp

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For winter season, Miyagi is good for ski ⛷️🎿 holidays especially @ Miyagi Zao’s Eboshi Ski Resort. Check out this clip via 📹🌐 https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3662411400542159/ . Also read more via 🌐 https://travelweekly.co.uk/articles/332649/exploring-tohoku-in-northern-japan

Miyagi is also a food kingdom as top provider for rice & with richest fishing ground for seafood . After attended this 2nd session & read more about Miyagi while writing this sharing, SiennyLovesDrawing really looking forward to visit Miyagi Prefecture soon. She would like to travel with her little niece to the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium 🐠🐟🐡🐬🐳 Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 3rd session @ 15 Dec about the Iwate Perfecture, she just can’t wait 😁

Website 🌐 : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/miyagi/ & https://visitmiyagi.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s 🇯🇵Leading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via 🌐 https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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Tohoku, Japan ~ Akita Prefecture & Things To Do

Updated 23 Nov 2021 6.30pm ~ Miyagi blog post link 😀 

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has been invited by Japan 🇯🇵 National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat to attend a series of its 6 online seminars 👩🏻‍💻 about the Tohoku areas listed below,

These online seminars 👩🏻‍💻 are being held with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan 🇯🇵 Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas 👍🏻 Tohoku region in Japan 🇯🇵 is well known with its nature beauty as shown in this video via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/videos/905564299594438/

She really enjoyed the 1st session @ 14 Oct & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Akita Prefecture here

Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift 🎁 ~ Premium Kitaha Japanese tea 🍵 , special thank you ya 😃

The online seminar kick started with the updates of Covid 19 status , safety measurements (In multi languages) at shops/ restaurants & new 🆕 normal travel in Japan 🇯🇵 The Japanese people already resumed their life & some places can observe the crowds. More updated details from time to time via 🌐 https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ , then followed by interesting travel & living experiences in Akita by various presenters ie. Mr. Makito Kochihira, Ms. Cheesie etc.

Things To Do @ Akita Prefecture 秋田県 🚶🏻‍♀️🎒✈️

Akita Prefecture is often known as ‘Bi no Kuni (The Country of Beauty), yes ✅, naturally the essential Japanese food & cultural experiences. Its visitors can enjoy a variety of leisure experiences in the mountains 🏔 , sea 🌊 & lakes throughout all 4 seasons throughout a year 😍

Don’t you remember the famous movie ~ Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 🐶🐾🦴 that has touched most of us with its loyalty, love & friendship between the dog & man for generations❓⁉️

Yes ✅, Odate city, Akita is its hometown , so do dropping by Akita Dog Visitors Center, next door to Odate train station during your trip to visit them ya 😁

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Mr. Makito Kochihira 🙋🏻‍♂️ (Local guide)’s live sharing during this session has explained about the autumn season, rice 🌾 fields , wearing boot 🥾 & gloves 🧤 to enjoy the blue sky with 20 degree chilling morning & night, then watching the mountains turn red. During winter ❄️, Akita will snow heavily ie. 3 meter snow. All can experience all 4 seasonal weather here. Abundance of foods eg. rice 🍚, fruits 🌽, vegetables 🥬etc. to enjoy, while winter time to enjoy the pickles. He has shared that the people here, mainly are farmers 👨🏻‍🌾👩🏻‍🌾 They will bring vegetables & distribute when big harvest time. He loves the heart warming & friendly local people lifestyle in Akita 💗💕

Only at Akita Prefecture, the visitors get to enjoy the unique flavour & texture of the luxury food junsai (watershield) by maneuvering a small boat 🚣‍♂️ , then carefully picking junsai one by one

Tambo art uses rice paddy 🌾 as a canvas to paint giant picture with different coloured rice 🌾 plants. If you’re on the the Akita Nairiku Junkan Railway, you will pass by & enjoy the beautiful views of Tambo art 😍

Also must experience the farm stay that she has learnt from Ms Cheesie sharing

There are numerous well known places to enjoy a walk to gain a mother nature hiking 🥾 experience in Akita with its expanses of natural beauty, especially the huge, strangely shaped Japanese beech tree, the Agariko Daiou, in Shishigahama wetland

Mt. Moriyoshi Gondola 🏔 is known as one of the hundred best mountains for wild flowers 🌺🌸 & also its snow-covered tree 🌲🌳 scenery during the winter ❄️ season

Winter ❄️ sports are popular in Akita with a large number of ski 🎿 resorts & courses, including Tazawako Ski Resort & Mt. Moriyoshi Ani Ski Resort. Do check out this recorded live video by Visit Akita 【Fun from Home- Live Streaming from Akita Prefecture】via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/1846775732139952/

The Hydrangeas of Unsho-ji Temple ⛩ has gained popularity as a beautiful, picturesque spot to visit at least once in Oga during early summer. Also famously known as the “blue heaven”, yes, this temple is a home to more than 1.2K hydrangeas 💙 This flower represents gratitude, grace & beauty, also further symbolize unity & togetherness

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Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan 🇯🇵 with a depth of 423.4m. The beautiful blueness 💙 & peaceful views to appreciate

Not to miss the Kakunodate Bukeyashiki 角館町 Street, a well known sightseeing spot with townscape to giving all visitors a real sense of the Edo era & to tr y on a kimono 👘 & ride on rickshaws 🛺 . It used to attract 2 millions visitors annually

It’s 1 of the famous spot for Sakura Festival, do check out this video clip with beautiful cherry blossom captured via 📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QJ8GCLPTn/

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Ohh ya…There are 7 hot springs ♨️ in this Akita Prefecture, each of them has different histories, appearances & spring types ie. Nyuto Onsen 乳頭温泉

Do check out this video captured about this onsen during winter ❄️ via 🌐https://fb.watch/8QEDpdy3cU/

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After attended this 1st session & read more about Akita while writing this sharing, SiennyLovesDrawing really looking forward to visit Akita Prefecture soon. Moreover, she loves to travel with train 🚂, so definitely would like to travel with Akita Nairiku Line, 1 of the local lines in the Tohoku region which runs from Takanosu Station in Kitaakita, Akita Prefecture to Kakunodate Station in Semboku. It runs north-south inland & measures 100km in length

During winter season, the deep snowy scenery can be seen from the train window, while rice 🌾harvest season, can enjoy the Tambo art as shared above. Clearly view the bright red iron bridge “Omatagawa Bridge 🌉 that can be seen between Kayakusa Station & Okashinai Station. Do check out more about this train line in these 3 videos via
📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QJhKN43Bq/
📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QEZS0PLzJ/
📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QFBQbMvvq/

Yes ✅, she 👩🏻 will definitely wanna a train 🚂 ride when she is there to appreciate the nostalgic, indelible scenes of Akita, Japan 🇯🇵🗾 including the tranquil rural landscapes

You may check out more details received from this 1st session on Akita via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.medium.com/japan-national-tourism-organization-jnto-tohoku-online-seminar-akita-prefecture-%E7%A7%8B%E7%94%B0%E7%9C%8C-cd3f471a86dd

Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 2nd session @ 18 Nov about the Miyagi Perfecture, she just can’t wait to it 😁

Website 🌐 : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/akita/ & https://stayakita.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s 🇯🇵Leading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via 🌐 https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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