Friday, April 26, 2019

Kamakura Matsuri (Snow Hut Festival): More than Just Igloos!

Kamakura festivals, often held on the day of the first full moon of a new year (around mid-February) to pray for household safety and a bumper grain harvest, are traditional events in the Tohoku...

Japan’s 8 Best-Preserved Castle Towns

Original surviving Japanese castles are a rarity. Only a dozen retain their original keeps, though there are many more that lie in ruins or have been reconstructed. Beyond the castles, however, many historic castle...

Top 3 Therapeutic Hot Springs in Japan

The practice of visiting hot springs or onsen has long been regarded as beneficial for curing various ailments in Japan. Called toji (湯治 lit. hot water healing) in Japanese, this practice of balneotherapy is...
akita dog

A short winter trip to Akita – seeing, doing, tasting the best of the...

The snow-covered Akita prefecture in the north of Japan is known for several things, and in February, I headed out there to experience the best it has to offer. Invited by the local Akitainu...

Odate, Akita: the home of the Akita Inu breed of dogs, beloved throughout the...

The city of Odate, Akita-ken in northern Japan, is home to the breed of dog known as Akita Inu, beloved throughout the world for their cute, curly tails; pointy triangular ears; and fluffy fur....

Step Back in Time: Kakunodate’s Samurai Residences, Akita Prefecture

Take a relaxing stroll around Kakunodate to immerse yourself in history. While many traditional Japanese buildings have been lost due to fire, weather and deterioration from age, the houses along Samurai Street have stood undamaged...

Scrumptious Winter: Iburigakko & Kiritanpo Hot Pot, Akita Prefecture

Kiritanpo Kiritanpo, mashed, steamed rice in the shape of a cylinder, is a specialty that is welded strongly on the identity of Akita Prefecture. In the past, kiritanpo was an easy-to-carry preserved food used primarily...

The Kamakura culture of Akita-ken

An important traditional aspect of the region, Kamakura in the Tohoku refer to snow huts, differing in sizes and construction. Akita Prefecture alone is home to three different types of festivals that celebrate the...

Golden Rice Ears

When going to a Japanese supermarket, you might be surprised by the many different types of rice on sale. “Japonica rice” is well-known for its stickiness and sweetness. The Tohoku region has long been...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...