Japan’s “Samurai City” is a short and scenic train trip from Tokyo’s TOBU Asakusa Station. This place of warriors, Japanese sake and good food is called Aizu Wakamatsu located in west Fukushima. It’s the focus of my cringe-worthy spy story filled with deception and total mayhem.
Aizu Wakamatsu is famous for NAGINATA, a martial art using a weapon of long sticks with blades! That’s why I’m here ー to learn a new skill from a bunch of old ladies who are vicious with their Naginata. I should say ー deadly!
Adding Naginata to my repertoire of deadly assault moves is my challenge but “the Agent” from the Underworld is in my way.
At every turn, the Agent is there to try and harm me.
Brainwashing. Poison. Pure evil. That’s the Agent’s game.
Thankfully I have Wakamattsun – a 30 centimeter samurai and area mascot on my side to help me out of tough spots, and I seem to get in tough spots a lot.
PS: THE ENDING is epic. Meet the mastermind himself.
WHERE IS AIZU WAKAMATSU (会津若松) ?
It’s a scenic 4 hour train ride from Tokyo’s Asakusa TOBU Station to Aizu Wakamatsu Station.
Here is my exact itinerary:
▶︎ DEPART 08:00 – KINU EXPRESS to Kinugawa Onsen
▶︎ CHANGE 10:00 at Kinugawa Onsen – AIZU MOUNT EXPRESS
▶︎ ARRIVE 12:01 Aizu Wakamatsu Station
★ Tsuruga (Aizu Wakamatsu) Castle 鶴ケ城・武徳殿
★ Hanaharu Japanese Sake Brewery | 花春酒造
★ Medetaiya Ramen | めでたいや
★ Visit Aizu
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◆ Special Thank You to Peter von Gomm ◆
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This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ He’s been living and working in Japan for over 19 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.