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Akita Beauty

Posted in Advertising, People, Places, Stuff by tokyobling on November 5, 2011

As with all countries, Japanese have notions and ideas of the characteristics of people in different areas of the country. Of all the areas of Japan (the 都道府県, the 47 subnational jurisdictions made up of one metropolis, one circuit, two prefectural cities and 43 prefectures), no area gets away without getting attributed with a few bad manners or cultural handicaps. The interesting thing about this nationwide system of good natured making fun of your neighbors, only one prefecture comes away with nothing but a positive image, and that is the north western Akita prefecture. As soon as you mention the name Akita, the associated saying of “Akita beauty”, Akita bijin (秋田美人) jumps into people’s minds. It is said that the most beautiful women of Japan are to be found in Akita prefecture! I have never been to Akita so I can’t verify the truth behind this saying but I am happy for the people of Akita to be regarded so universally positively by their fellow countrymen.

Naturally the tourism and commerce board of Akita prefecture make the most of “Akita Beauty” and use it fully in marketing and export, as these two gorgeous ladies dressed in the wonderful traditional dress of the “Komachi Musume”, the legendary village of beauties whose annual festival is famous across the country. I have seen this dress thousands of times on TV and in photos, but this was the first time I saw it in real life, and as an added bonus I got a packet of delicious Akita rice from them. I have to visit Akita soon!


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  1. D... said, on November 5, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Wow, they are so beautiful. The first lady makes me think I should let my hair grow a little bit longer. Now I want to go to Akita, actually I want to travel all over Japan. I hope I would not bring any of the “Ugly American” ways with me :(.


    • tokyobling said, on November 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Hahaha… I am sure you wouldn’t! (^-^) Thanks for the kind comment!


  2. marika said, on November 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

    wow. really. Just… what is the meaning behind that veil? Are they just too beautiful so they put up this veil to prevent you to freeze instantly as you see their faces? I wonder…
    as always: great pictures!


    • tokyobling said, on November 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      I wish I knew! It might possibly be to protect them from the gaze of outsiders, but I am not familiar with the underlying legend or tale… I really need to visit Akita soon! Thanks for your kindness! (^-^;)


  3. Emma Reese said, on November 5, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Traditionally Japanese value fair skin on women. That hat with a veil attached is the ultimate sun screen! They also say the beauty secret of the Akita women is the climate and the rice grown there. I look forward to seeing lots of photos of Akita bijin on your first trip there. ^^


    • tokyobling said, on November 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Haha… now I am more excited than ever about the trip. Some day soon! (^-^;)


  4. Timi said, on November 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I wish I could be pretty like them ^-^;;; well next life maybeXD
    Using their beauty as marketing is not a bad idea! Girls buy anything that grants them to be pretty to is they use/eat etc.. the product o.O (of course there are exceptions)


    • tokyobling said, on November 7, 2011 at 12:52 am

      We all want to be prettier! (^-^;) I don’t know if this rice will make me prettier but at least it was tasty. (^-^)


  5. Timi said, on November 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    wow..can’t write..can’t think x_x correction..: pretty if they use 😀


  6. karen_machida said, on November 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    wow, the girls are really pretty- they have such beautifully perfect skin. How lucky!


    • tokyobling said, on November 8, 2011 at 12:32 am

      Haha… yes, some people are born with it. Other like me, well if only I could grow a beard to cover it all up! (^-^;)


  7. karen_machida said, on November 8, 2011 at 4:49 am

    yes, some are very fortunate indeed!


  8. karen_machida said, on November 8, 2011 at 4:50 am

    oh my, hahaha, funny yet kind of sad beard comment ;0


  9. Tanaka_san said, on November 15, 2011 at 4:59 am

    O que achei interessante, foi esse chapéu de palha com esse “véu” pendurado… nunca tinha visto algo parecido! Boa sorte quando for para Akita! o/


    • tokyobling said, on November 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      Obrigado! Eu amo esse chapéu! (^-^)


  10. developingcityblog said, on December 31, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Wow, she is so good looking 🙂


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