Savour the Goodness of Akita’s Local Flavours with Japanese Dish Kiritanpo!

At the mention of Akita Prefecture (秋田県), what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it beautiful snow-covered scenery during winter? Or the famous hot springs at Nyuutou Onsen (乳頭温泉) nestled within Towada-Hachimantai National Park (十和田八幡平国立公園)? Or Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉) featuring the charm of the old Showa era (昭和時代)? Akita has an abundance of…

Discover the Magic of Akita at the Kanto Summer Festival!

Akita (秋田) is a prefecture famous for its rice, beautiful women, and its annual summer event, the Kanto Festival (竿燈祭り), which is held every year to pray for a good rice harvest. Let’s find out more about this incredibly fun event! Kanto Festival Akita City in Akita Prefecture is located in Japan’s northwest region called…

Which Area in Japan is Famous for the Most Beautiful Women?

Japanese women are known for being kind, strong-willed, and friendly. They are also very smart, consistently beating men when it comes to getting top grades and good educational achievements! Sadly, however, Japan still has some way to go with its equality rights and laws. In Japan, women’s looks are still seen by many (not all)…

A Hidden Paradise for Manga Lovers in Akita: Yokote Masuda Manga Museum!

Akita prefecture is very famous for its landscapes, seascapes, hot springs, and cultural and historical feats such as the Kamakura Festival and the well-maintained vintage backdrops along samurai districts. However, there is one hidden paradise in Akita that was established about twenty years ago for manga enthusiasts – the Yokote Masuda Manga Museum. commons.wikimedia.org/ A…

Did You Know There Is a Lake in Japan That Doesn’t Freeze?

Lake Tazawa is known to not freeze in the dead of winter! Famous at this lake is also the golden statue of Tatsuko Hime which was erected in 1968. The lake and statue have been featured in IRIS, which is a South Korean action and spy drama. Read on to find out the story behind…

Chill Out at These 3 Hot Spring Hotels in Akita

In the deep mountains of the Tazawa Kogen plateau in Akita Prefecture, lie a collection of onsen ryokans (Japanese-style hotels) known as “Nyuto Onsen.” It is simply the perfect place to enjoy the forest scenery while socialising and enjoying traditional Japanese meals. Plus, you get to relax in the natural hot springs that are constantly…

Watch a Race to the Shrine at the Bonden Festival in Akita!

Have you ever seen a “bonden” before? It is a 10-foot tall bamboo figure often relating to the animal of the year. It is considered to be a sacred wand which marks the descending of the gods into the human world. You can see a lot of this during the Bonden Festival in Akita Prefecture…

Visit Majestic Igloos at Yokote Kamakura Festival in Akita

Akita Prefecture is located in the Tohoku region of Japan. It is rectangular in shape and, like much of northern Japan, has very cold winters, particularly away from the sea. During winter, everything is covered with pure white snow and the air is very clear. zekkeijapan.com/ There are also noticeable traditional snow houses which you…

A Trip to the Past: Visit a Samurai Town

Many people know of the samurai, the nobility of the military in medieval Japan. Lots of people find themselves fascinated with these icons of the Japanese past. Today, you can still experience a bit of this rich past. bugfox.net/ The history of Samurai Originally, samurai were known as bushi or buke. The word samurai first…
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