Ouchijuku is a small village isolated in the mountains of the prefecture of Fukushima, in the south. This village was, during the Edo period, an important post town on the road linking Edo (the former name of Tokyo) and Sendai. Many buildings which, before the Meiji restoration, where used as hotels, restaurants or shops, are still in pristine condition today. This is due to the fact that when a new road was built (road 121, a little on the east), Ouchijuku was almost completely forgotten, which prevented the old buildings from being destroyed during a “modernization”. The re-discovery of this village made this place one of the main attraction of Fukushima-ken. Since 1981, this architectural site is also protected; at that time, all electric cables have been put underground. ~ (Source: secret-japan.com)
In the heart of Ouchijuku, one wonderful fall afternoon, with amazing new friends from other countries, over cups of tea with a friend as we enjoyed servings of mochi and other sweets I can’t name, I remember thinking – Life is good.