The city of Daisen, in Akita Prefecture, is home to some of Japan’s largest fireworks competitions. It also has a long history of pyrotechnics production, and some of the country’s most respected…

David Song, founder of Singapore-based bespoke travel company Beyond X Boundaries, recently spent several weeks exploring Japan’s Tohoku region. To provide a unique take on the area, we asked the seasoned traveler to…

Thinking of visiting the Tohoku region in August? Besides the impressive and well-known Aomori Nebuta Festival, there are plenty of lively matsuri taking place in the area during summer. Read our article,…

Never tried the sport before? This is how to wing it. By Erika Klein The bus pulled away from the curb just as I stepped out of Kumatori Station. I stood and…

Move over gourmet kakigori, there’s a hip new dessert in town. Well, it’s not actually in Tokyo just yet, but knowing Japan’s tendency to jump on a food trend, we imagine it…

No jokes. All you have to do is motivate why you should be chosen, and then share your experience through articles, blogs, photographs or videos. Launched at the end of April, the…

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…

Perhaps the earliest example of the concept of “kawaii” (the quality of cuteness in Japanese culture), kokeshi are the traditional hand-crafted wooden dolls produced in the Tohoku region since the 1800’s. By Chris…

A budding tourism agency in Akita is connecting foreign travelers with the anime-inspiring heart of the country. You could say Ghibli’s movies were responsible for the founding of Akita’s Travel Design. At…

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…

Text and Photos by Stack Jones It’s common knowledge that nearly everyone returns home to spend Golden Week with their family in Japan. This year was no exception; however, this past holiday…