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Akita Bisaikan

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.


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?

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shibuya246 January 30, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

whipcracker January 31, 2010 at 10:41 am

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

whipcracker January 31, 2010 at 10:55 am

RT @tweetmeme Akita Bisaikan, Japan Travel | Shibuya246 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.

shibuya246 January 31, 2010 at 6:59 pm

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

HELLOSHEENA January 31, 2010 at 4:35 pm

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

shibuya246 January 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm

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

Deckster February 1, 2010 at 6:38 am

Haha, nice costume.


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