I popped up to Akita briefly - night bus both ways because although it takes 9 hours, it's more efficient with time. On Monday we went on a day trip to Oga Peninsula via Gojo(no)me** and the former lake known as Hachirogata which was turned into rice fields as vile engineering experiment that destroyed the lake and lake culture to produce rice in a country where rice was already in surplus by the time the reclamation project had finished.
I've put pictures in of the reclamation museum (which Hiro's father did the interior for) here.
**[I think it goes under two pronunciations, Wikipedia and the local news call it Gojome, but Hiro's mother calls it Gojonome, so I am guessing Gojonome is a dialect form and Gojome is the standard Japanese name.]
First port of call was the Gojo(no)me Michi no Eki. Michi no Eki are a bit like farmers markets with other odds and sods for tourists on sale. In terms of produce the mountain veges were expensive (by local standards) and things like lotus root chips on sale out the front all came from overseas or other parts of Japan... But, the backyard of the Michi no Eki was seriously impressive. The back door opened up into a forest and Hiro's parents were gleefully pointing out the various mountain flowers and vegetables. To my eyes the poisonous ones don't look particularly different from the delicacies... I'll stick to buying vegetables at the vegetable shops...
|Behind the Gojo(no)me Michi no Eki|
|Damako characters at the Gojo(no)me Morning market|
|Fish and flowers at the morning market|
|Canola on Hachirogata|
|The lake that was Hachirogata that became Ogata Mura|
|Canoloa on Hachirogata|