efe-epaAizuwakamatsu, Japan

Tucked between the Fukushima mountains, Aizuwakamatsu is a bucolic and unnoticed city in northeastern Japan with an artisanal tradition of lacquers and ceramics dating back more than 400 years that languishes because of depopulation.

Surrounded by rice fields and natural landscapes such as Lake Inawashiro or Mount Bandai, a stratovolcano, the town is known for its legacy linked to feudal warriors. It’s also famous for having been the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war that faced supporters of the shogunate and the emperor in the 19th century, the Boshin War, which marked the decline of the samurai. EFE-EPA