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Akita Bisaikan

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Namahage from Akita-ken, promoting the Akita Bisaikan at Shinagawa, Tokyo
Namahage from Akita-ken, promoting the Akita Bisaikan at Shinagawa, Tokyo

Akita Prefecture have set up antenna shops around Japan to help promote the beauty and charm of Akita. Offices have currently been set up in Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo. In addition, Tohoku Prefecture, Akita Prefecture and Hokkaido, have jointly set up offices in Seoul and Singapore.

The Akita Bisaikan in Tokyo is located close to Shinagawa Station in the Wing Takanawa complex.

This weekend, Jan 30/31, 2010 and Feb 13,14, 2010 they are having a special event where they will be setting up free amazake tasting. Amazake is a Japanese (light alcohol) sweet drink made from fermented rice. There will also be culture displays and a special mini kamakura display.

Kamakura is the name given to small igloo-like structure made entirely from compacted snow: a small entrance gives access to a wide space inside.

Kamakura Festival is held annually on February 15 and 16 at Yokote City, Akita Prefecture, part of the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan. It is one of the best known festivals in Akita, along with the Kanto Festival and Namahage, a festival to bring good fortune in which young people put on scary masks of deities and go around the houses of the village frightening the children.

Source: Japan Atlas Festivals.

Here is a postcard image from YukinoHanaXXX on flickr showing what a kamakura looks like in Akita.

Kamakura
Kamakura

You can see some more information about this Kamakura festival here.

Have you visited Akita-ken? Do you have any photos we can take a look at?

  1. shibuya246 says

    Leaflets in hand ready to entice people up to the Akita Bisaikan 🙂

  2. whipcracker says

    If I was younger, and saw this for the first time, I’d really be scared.

  3. whipcracker says

    RT @tweetmeme Akita Bisaikan, Japan Travel | Shibuya246 http://bit.ly/atkuvE Growing up in Wisconsin, during the wintertime we used to build snowforts. On either side of our driveway is where we piled all the snow from shoveling. Then we’ed dig out holes in the side and on top to have snowball fights. Ours were’nt as elaborate as these,and you wonder how eskimoes live in these year round. you would think the heat generated would melt some of those.

    1. shibuya246 says

      They must have to keep maintaining them to stop them from caving in.

  4. HELLOSHEENA says

    Saw Avatar today and for some reason that first picture reminded me of the movie.

    1. shibuya246 says

      Wonderful. The Akita-ken Avatar ;). What did you think of the movie?

  5. Deckster says

    Haha, nice costume.

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