This is a direct cut and paste from the Akita prefecture page on Cultural Assets.
|Monzen, a small fishing village on the southern coast of Oga|
|On the sign here you can see in the bottom left series of maps that Oga used to be an island, when sea levels were higher. The explanation that the road was built by the Self Defence Force in 1959 highlights how relatively isolated the areas is.|
|Looking down from Chorakuji Temple|
|Looking down from Choraku-ji|
|I forgot to note what this is...it's at the entrance of the walking path to Goshado|
|.||The forest on the way to Akagami Jinja's Goshado.|
|Torii on the way to Goshado|
|Behind the Gojo(no)me Michi no Eki|
|Damako characters at the Gojo(no)me Morning market|
|The morning market|
The real story here wasn't the produce, though the produce wouldn't be found in a Tokyo vegetable shop. The real story was that everyone selling vegetables was at least more than 70 and more likely more than 80 in most cases. There were no young people to be seen... I guess going to the mountains to pick veges to sell isn't what young people do... a shift at 7-11 would be much easier and more reliable money. Going to places like this makes me realize I need to improve my Japanese. The dialects would be a bit difficult to wade through, but Japan has changed a lot since these people were young.
|Fish and flowers at the morning market|
|Canola on Hachirogata|
|The lake that was Hachirogata that became Ogata Mura|
|Canoloa on Hachirogata|