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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

The Usual Suspects

//By Alistair Frothingham// It’s a snowy December in the year the Mayans predicted to be our last. Bundled in a black wool coat with buttons like wooden sabretooth tiger fangs, I breathe into a cheap blue-contrast-scale knitted scarf poorly hiding my cropped goatee. Marveled by the warmth I am afforded from purchases at a recycle … 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

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

Kariwano Tug-of-War Festival

//By Jessie Fast// One of the best things about small winter festivals in Akita is how a whole town will come together for the special occasion. A tradition becomes a testament to the unity of a community, usually tucked away somewhere off little used highways. One such festival is the 500-year-old giant Tug-of-War in Kariwano … Continue reading

Namahage Sedo Festival

//By Jessie Fast// There is perhaps nothing more terrifying for children than being confronted with their nightmares face-to-face. However, for children in Akita, that is exactly what happens at the Namahage Sedo Festival in Oga City. Namahage, Akita’s infamous demon-gods with daggers in hand and red or blue faces, are used by parents to scare … Continue reading

Stepping Up: Reflecting on the Akita-ben Speech Contest

//By Lynne Francis// As ALTs, there comes a time when we all help our students with projects, papers, and speeches. However, very few of us get the chance to stand in the position of presenter rather than judge or coach. I, along with nine other contestants from six countries who currently live, study, or work … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part Two

This is the second part in a five part series. The first part can be found here. //By Andrew Lewis// 8.  News It was not so long ago that news anchors were wringing their hands about this new “web-log” thing, where irresponsible people without journalistic integrity could write and post an article about something in … Continue reading

The Top Ten Things the Internet Does Wrong: Part One

This post is the first of a five part series. //By Andrew Lewis// Houston, Texas. Oil derricks.  NASA.  Failed sports franchises.  Harbor.  Mesquite barbeque.  Rodeo.  East Coast comedians’ punchlines.  Yes, my hometown is well known for many things.  It’s not just the city all the big nationwide tours skip over.  It’s also the city trying to … Continue reading