Cultural in Akita

Akita Kantō Matsuri

At summer's height, Akita celebrates its visually stunning pole lantern festival. As evening falls more than 160 performers skilfully balance giant poles, weighing 60kg and hung with illuminated lanterns, on their h…
Cultural in Kakunodate

Kakunodate Sakura

On the river embankment, a 2km stretch of cherry trees becomes a tunnel of pure pink during the hanami (blossom viewing) season. Some of the shidare-zakura (drooping cherry) trees in the buke yashiki (samurai distri…
Cultural in Kakunodate

Kakunodate O-matsuri

As they have done for 350 years, festival participants haul around enormous 7-tonne yama (wooden carts) to pray for peaceful times, accompanied by folk music and dancing.