Handaen Tea Shop

For over 100 years, the Handaen tea shop has provided the people of Akita with a vast selection of quality tea. During my most recent visit, I sipped gyokuro green tea, which has a natural sweet taste and an invigorating smell. As autumn and cooler evenings approach, I find myself drawn to the soothing sensation … Continue reading Handaen Tea Shop

Mount Akitakomagatake

The morning to Mount Akitakomagatake began with an old bus and an overly confident driver taking hairpin turns at high speed. Fully awake from the journey to the parking lot, my friends and I began our trek into the eerie mist. Clouds covered the mountain, and we could barely see further than 30 meters in … Continue reading Mount Akitakomagatake

Kanto Festival

Since arriving in Akita in April of this year, I have heard, seen, and read about Kanto festival. Well, I must say it was worth the hype! As I left work on Saturday and headed to Kanto street, I could hear the sound of drums and chants, and see the flickering of lanterns high in … Continue reading Kanto Festival

Tsuchizaki Festival

As I weaved my way through the crowded streets, I could hear chants, taiko drums, and the squeaking of wooden wheels in the distance. As the procession of the floats finally reached my area, I could smell the oil used to help the floats roll and turn. Now listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by … Continue reading Tsuchizaki Festival

A Trip Around Oga Peninsula

Since arriving three months ago, many students have said that Oga Peninsula is a “must-visit” area of Akita. Well, I must say that everyone was right! Beautiful coastline, great seafood, and a field of hydrangeas are but a few delights in Oga. We first stopped at Unshoji Temple, where a sea of hydrangeas captivated the … Continue reading A Trip Around Oga Peninsula