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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

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

Lake Towada Winter Story Festival

//By Lynne Francis// In northern Akita Prefecture, there sits Lake Towada. This lake borders Akita and its northern neighbor, Aomori Prefecture. While the lake is covered in a misty haze in the winter, its south-eastern side hosts the Towada Winter Story Festival. Unlike other festivals that span a few days, this grand mix of a … Continue reading

The Top 25 Reverse Culture Shocks

The thoughts of a third-year ALT upon returning to the American South. //By Ashley Hinkleman// Reverse Culture Shock #1: Why is everyone speaking English? Reverse Culture Shock #2: Why does no one understand me when I speak Japanese? I tried to explain a game to my four-year-old niece, and when she didn’t understand, I started explaining … Continue reading

Best of Akita: BEST CROISSANT

// By Jessie Fast // I realize that one of the reasons Japanese people are generally so thin is because they eat next to no bread. Occasionally a melon pan, the rare sandwich or two. I see the wisdom of their avoidance of gluten-based carbs. However, that doesn’t change the fact that I love bread … Continue reading

Pokara: an Inaka Multicultural Experience

// by Nikki Zywina // As much as I love Japanese food, sometimes I find myself craving something which can’t be found aboard the Kappazushi shinkansen or at the counter of my favourite ramen shop.  Thankfully, Pokara (歩空 or ポカラ) is there to help in such times. Located just off Route 107 in Yokote, Pokara … Continue reading

Fukuro: For the Love of Ramen, and Owls

// by Jessie Fast // It’s not every day that a restaurant opens decorated entirely with your favorite animal. Nevertheless, it happened to me, and as soon as I saw Fukuro and the door with the owl silhouette, I knew I had to try it. After climbing a long set of stairs, the interior presents … Continue reading

Best REAL Pizza

// by Katie Yantzi // I hadn’t realized how much I loved pizza before coming to Japan. Clearly, I’ve always known it was delicious, but I was surprised to find that good pizza was one of those comfort foods from home I really couldn’t live without. Sadly, most attempts to satisfy this craving in Japan … Continue reading

Best Hipster Coffeeshop Experience

// by Jessie Fast // During college, I spent 75% of my time holed up in a coffeeshop somewhere. Living just outside of Seattle (in a quaint little town with no fewer than ten café options within a three-mile radius) meant that I could spend that much time in a coffeeshop and still not see … Continue reading