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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…

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…

Come to the Top Fireworks Competition in Japan!

Summer in Japan means heat, humidity, and summer festivals, where you are sure to see a fireworks display. Japanese fireworks shows differ from American displays. The biggest difference is that in Japan they are usually set to music and often tell a story. It is very artistic. If Japanese-style fireworks are interesting, you need to…