//
archives

Cultural Reflections

This category contains 29 posts

A Disk Course on DJing in Akita

//By Dave Wilson// It’s a Friday night in Akita.  I go through my usual routine: hop of the bus, and grab a bite near my apartment. But tonight I’m not headed home to my kotatsu. Tonight, I’m diving into Akita City’s electronic music scene. I grab my headphones and a USB full of music, and … Continue reading

Getting into the Kyudo Mindset

//By Alyssa Cantrell// It’s a cold, windy night in Yurihonjo and my dashboard reads 7:45 as I pull into the parking lot of my destination. I park my car, grab my things, and head towards the front of the building. As I turn the corner I can hear the familiar thwack that I have become accustomed to—the … Continue reading

Naginata: Balance Through Movement

//By Brianna Hom// At the risk of sounding hipster and condescending, there’s a good chance you probably haven’t heard of naginata. Even among the Japanese, people may have heard of the martial art but only vaguely know what it is. The naginata, whose closest Western equivalent is the glaive, is a tall pole weapon topped … Continue reading

Aizuchi Trouble

//By Marika Jackson// For more, visit http://marikascomics.blogspot.com/ and http://mikeandowly.com/

Not Wholly Whole: Hafu Film Review

//By Keith Ikoma// On May 31st, I attended a showing of the film Hafu in Akita City. Some background about me: I am half-Japanese, and Hafu is about half-Japanese people and their experience in Japan. However, I am from Vancouver, one of the most multicultural cities in the world. There is a significant Asian influence … Continue reading

Rice Cooker Recipes

//By Jessie Fast// Most of us here in Akita find our culinary skills strangled by our tiny kitchens. Without real ovens, without more than one stovetop burner, without freezers big enough for a bag of edamame and a beer, it can be difficult to find interesting meals to cook and interesting ways to cook them. … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Five

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, the third here, and the fourth here. //By Andrew Lewis// Top Ten Lists This got rather serious rather quickly.  But what good is a top ten list if it doesn’t escalate? Nice segue, right? Yeah, top ten lists seem like … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Four

This is the fourth part of a five-part series. The first part can be found here, the second here, and the third here. //By Andrew Lewis// 4. Interface Changes Every few months, some massively used website changes its look, and everybody and their dog starts complaining about it. We’ve all seen it—your Facebook feed full of … Continue reading

Tori no Ichi Chicken Festival

//By Bethany Barry Wiens// Wherever you go in Japan, there are specialties. Therefore, wherever you are in Japan, there will inevitably be festivals and celebrations of said specialties. For the town of Hinai in Northern Akita, that specialty is chicken. So it follows that once a year there is a festival celebrating the glory that … Continue reading

Yuzawa Innuko Snow Dog Festival

//By Judy Oyedele// Yuzawa City’s Innuko Matsuri is a must-see festival for the winter. Usually on a Saturday and Sunday (this year, it was held on February 8-9), the main attractions are the massive Akita dogs sculpted from snow. The festival is conveniently located just outside the Yuzawa train station doors, but there is a … Continue reading