Akita

by Buddy Lindsey

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Note/Disclaimer: This is a post that is meant to give a quick overview of some of Akita and not full detail of everything. Akita is much like a state in the US with a rich past, present, and future to come. I can’t possibly cover everything and getting the tip of everything would be a book.

Name: Akita
Island: Honshū
Population: 1,145,501
Capital: Akita
Major Cities: Daisen, Katagami, Kazuno, Kitaakita, Nikaho, Noshiro, Oga, Ōdate, Semboku, Yokote, Yurihonjō, Yuzawa

History

Akita is separated by Ou and Dewa mountain ranges in the east and remained isolated from the rest of japanese society until around 600.  It was originally settled by the Ainu and were mostly nomadic in nature.

In 733 a military settlement was established called Akita castle, in modern day Akita(capital). It was used as the base of operations fro the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshu Island.

The Satake family ruled for 260 years during the Tokugawa shogunate and they developed the agriculture and mining that Akita is mostly known for today.  Akita stayed fairly politically quite throughout its history.  In 1871 during the Meiji Restoration the area was officially claimed as Akita and we see the borders today that were setup then.

Culture

Akita is well-known for having the highest consumption of sake in Japan, and thought to be the origin of the Akita breed of dog which carries the prefecture’s name. The women of the region, referred to as Akita bijin (beauties of Akita), have also gained widespread renown for their white skin, rounded faces and high voices, all of which are considered highly desirable. Ono no Komachi is widely known as a famous example of an Akita bijin.

Climate

The climate in Akita Prefecture is characterized by short summers and long winters. In fact, central Akita Prefecture has some of the highest snowfalls in all of Japan.

Interesting Facts

Like much of Tōhoku, Akita’s economy remains dominated by traditional industries, such as agriculture, fishing, and forestry.

Akita Prefecture is where declines in population are most severe, it is one of four prefectures in Japan registering declines in population since 1945

The famous Heian period waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is said to have been born here

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