Kanto Festival Akita

Akita City

Akita city

Akita City is situated in the mid-west of Akita Prefecture with the Dewa Mountains in the east and the Sea of Japan in the west. You can see the beautiful evening sun setting into the Sea of Japan. It is one of only a few large cities on the northwest coast of Japan and is an important port and industrial center. Although the city dates back to the eight century, the city remains very little of the old city.

Senshu Park

Akita City
Kubota Castle is standing on the hill of the Senshu Park in Akita.

The city prospered as the capital of the Satake fief in around the 17th century. The city and its suburbs are mostly shrouded in green, and the city park with a row of stores and houses along the street is in harmony with nature.

There is a Senshu Park in the city center surrounded by the moat. It was the former castle site of Satake lord. You can see the reconstruction of the Kubota Castle on top of the hill of the park. There are also old temples and shrines, wealthy farmers’ residences. These places recall the history of Akita.

Akita Prefectural Museum

Akita City
Entrance hall of Akita Prefectural Museum

Akita Prefectural Museum is situated across the street from Senshu Park. The modern museum building  was designed by Tadao Ando one of the most famous contemporary architects in Japan. He often uses simple concrete walls for his buildings.

The main exhibition of the museum is a huge mural painting “Akita no Gyoji”, meaning annual events in Akita, by Tsuguharu Fujita. The size is 365 cm x 2050 cm. He stayed in Akita invited by Masakichi Hirano in 1937 and painted it in his rice storage.

From the coffee shop of the museum, you can see Senshu Park.

You can also find more than a few new cultural key assets in the city center, such as the Atrion, multi-purpose facilities.

Akita Kanto Matsuri

Akita City
Beautiful Akita Kanto Festival with lantern poles.

The Akita Kanto Matsuri is a Japanese festival, celebrated from 3-7 August in Akita city, Akita Prefecture in hope for a good harvest. It is one of the great four Tohoku Festivals. Around two hundred bamboo poles five to twelve meters long, bearing twenty-four or forty-six lanterns, topped with gohei, weighing up to fifty kilograms, are carried through the streets by night on the palms, foreheads, shoulders, or lower backs of the celebrants.

Suburb of Akita City

The surrounding area is said to grow one of the best rice brands in Japan which named Akita Komachi. It is named after Onono Komachi, who was said to be the most beautiful woman in the history. The ladies of Akita have reputations that they are the most beautiful women in Japan.

Because of the good rice and have exceptionally pure water, making its sake some of the best in the country.

If you go to the Tsuchizaki Port area, you will find Port Tower Selion, a symbol tower with a height of 143 meters. There are ferries going to Hokkaido and Niitaga from the port.

Akita-inu

Akita City
There are several places where you can meet Akita-inu in Akita Prefecture.

Don’t forget one of the most famous thing from Akita. That is Akita-inu or Akiga dog. It is one of Japanese dogs and designated as natural monument by the national government. Akita dogs is very loyal to their owners, they have been used as watchdogs and for hunting.

The most famous Akita dog may be Hachiko, a dog continued to come to Shibuya Station for 10 years after the owner died because Hachiko didn’t know that the owner died. You will find Hachiko’s statue in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo.