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This blog is written by author Sachiko who is not a native speaker of English, so it may be hard to read. It is translated from the summary of Japanese page;

Making a sweet “Goma-Mochi”

I kneaded each black and white “Goma”, means sesame, into dough of “Mochi”, means rice cake, then rolled them and cut it.

It is a local sweet of Odate and the surrounding area.


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Onsen “Shohoen” (Kowakubi spa village, Daisen city)

This hot spring is through the rice fields in the rural landscape.

It is a member of Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns, and opened to day use too.

The building is a registered tangible cultural property.



Onsen ryokan inn “Shohoen” (

【Address】268, Kowakubi, Kowakubi, Daisen-shi, Akita-ken, Japan


The information is as of April 22th 2017.

Akita butterbur-printed “Tenugui”, Japanese hand towel

Akita butterbur is giant enough to stand in for umbrella.

I always buy Tenugui of local design when travelling around Japan.