Daisen’s history has been cultivated by Japan’s national crop, but it has gained its fame from a far brighter blossom. Located on the central plains of Akita Prefecture, the city of Daisen…

Generations past come to vibrant life on the rolling stages of this Akita festival. The Tsuchizaki Hikiyama Festival is a raucous celebration, appeasing the gods and cementing communities with shouting, towering festival…

A group of Akita locals are looking to share the centuries-old appeal of this onsen city with a new generation. Located near the staggeringly scenic Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, Yuzawa City benefits from…

In a country where noodle dishes are a daily affair, Akita’s Inaniwa Udon offers an extraordinary experience. Given the simplicity of the ingredients—wheat flour and water—that go into the dish, it may…

After a disappointing showing against the Ivory Coast in Recife, Japan need to bounce back with a victory against Greece this Friday to keep alive their hopes of making it to the…

Surrounded by the Inland Sea, Ehime’s friendly locals, stunning scenery, and excellent food would be reason enough to visit. By Robert Morel But it is also a land of quiet tradition, home…