Senshu Park in Akita

Senshu Park in Akita City in Spring and Summer

If ever you find yourself in Akita City, Senshu Park (千秋公園)deserves to be near the top of your sightseeing list. Built on the ruins of Kubota Castle, home of the first lord of Akita, Kubota Han, the park is still a major location for tourists and locals alike.

Akita Dialect – The Language of a Deep Snowy North

For me, finding out about a second “hidden” language was like unearthing a hidden shrine in my backyard, and I spent many hours in old libraries and online trying to learn about Akita-ben, the Akita dialect. One thing I learned on my study was that the vocab of Akita is not unified: people use different words in the south and north, but the grammar has consistent traits.

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