Izu Rhythm

Welcome to Jimmy's Izu Blog

Hello! Thanks for visiting. I’m Jimmy, an American expat living in the city of Ito, on Japan’s Izu Peninsula.

This blog is here to help you learn about Izu, a very popular vacation spot for Japanese folks. These posts also include lots of general information about Japan so you can apply what you learn to your encounters with other parts of Japan.

Your comments and questions are always welcome. There is a comments section at the bottom of each post, and a separate contact page as well. I hope you find something interesting and come back again.

If you ever have a chance to visit Izu and would like to join a great tour, please visit Jimmy’s Izu Tours.


Izu’s Top Three Strange Festivals

The Izu Peninsula has many festivals, and many take place in the summer and fall. Three festivals are among the most unusual in all of...

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Anjinsai – A Local Izu Festival

The Anjinsai Festival in Ito, Shizuoka, is a captivating local festival on the Izu peninsula that draws locals and tourists alike to experience a fusion...

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Shimoda Black Ship Festival

Shimoda's biggest annual festival commemorates that era with the Kurofune Matsuri (Black Ship Festival). The first festival was held in 1934 as a way to...

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History of Ito Onsen

The history of Ito's onsen dates back well over a thousand years. According to legend, the onsen were discovered during the Nara period...

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Traditional Crafts in Izu

I've often lamented that many of the old ways are nowhere to be found in Izu, but I understand why. People have no practical reasons...

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