The dark charms of Akita in black
December 28th, 2013
Walk through the historic center of Kakunodate, where the low branches of weeping cherry trees hang quietly over the pitch black fences of the town’s old samurai manors. Dating from the late Edo Period, each of the remaining houses offers a unique glimpse into a long-gone era when the traditional arts flourished and the samurai …
What is Magewappa?
December 27th, 2012
Akita prefecture may be famous for its rice fields, sake breweries, ski slopes and beautiful women (Akita bijin), but some say the real allure of this area lies in the intricate beauty of its art and the craftsmanship of its people. Magewappa is a traditional craft technique that locals have practiced for about four hundred …