Ibaraki - Where Family Matters
This 400km winter cycle trip takes us through Ibaraki Prefecture. At Lake Kasumigaura, our cyclist plunges into freezing water to help a husband and wife harvest lotus roots. After hill climbing on Mt. Tsukuba, he visits a historic kendo hall and a workshop where 2 brothers make fine armor the traditional way. Whether it's an old couple crafting heirloom brooms, or hotel brothers experimenting with fishermen's cuisine, Ibaraki families know the value of working together.
The joy in the face of a tiny samurai
Renkon (lotus roots) taste best in winter
A wife rescues her husband's traditional craft
Brothers refine a family fishermen's cuisine