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WINTER WONDERLAND: Chido Museum was once part of the Tsurugaoka Castle and home to the Sakai family, a Shonai feudal clan.

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The obata (old-fashioned Japanese restaurant) was converted into the office of a funeral director for the film 'Departures'.

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The 30-metre-tall, 600-year-old Hagurosan Go-Jyu-No-Toh (Five-Storey Pagoda) was designated as a national treasure in 1966.

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Painted candles are popular souvenirs for Tsuruoka tourists.

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Maikos (apprentice geishas) at Somaro.

Hushed and haunting beauty

The stillness and serenity of a snow-blanketed Yamagata - famed for its rice, sake, seafood, and hot springs - is all part of its charm.
Feb 20, 2016 5:50 AM

YOU might know Yamagata better than you think especially if you are a fan of the 80's weepie TV drama Oshin (1983-1984) or Yojiro Takita's Oscar-winning Japanese dramedy Departures (2008). Both were shot on location there and often made references to the prefecture's harsh wintery conditions and

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