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More Kakunodate – Akita Prefecture

Posted in Places by tokyobling on June 8, 2014

More photos from my visit to the beautiful little town of Kakunodate in the northern Akita prefecture. Many of the houses are preserved originals from the time when samurai families were posted to this town in order to serve in the castle garrison, but there are also a good collection of merchant’s and craftsmen’s houses that appeared in the neighborhood after the end of feudalism in the late 1860’s, early 1870’s. Some of these buildings are even made out of brick, a small testament to the relatively few earthquakes in this area of Japan. Akita prefecture was hit by magnitude seven earthquake in 1694, and with the continuing aftershocks slightly less than 500 people were killed. The fewest earthquakes in any prefecture? Saga Prefecture, on the coast of Kyushu Island.

When I visited Kakunodate, it was mainly to see the cherry blossoms for which this town is so famous, even inside the town itself there were quite a few beautiful trees in full bloom!

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