Oga Fireworks

I left for Oga reasonably early to make sure I would beat the crowd. Arriving at Oga Marine Park around 3:00 pm, I found a spot under a tree to get out of the hot afternoon sun. Having gone alone, I have to say I got fortunate. A family nearby invited me to join them, … Continue reading Oga Fireworks

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