The cheery zing of the painted manhole covers
My short wanderings took me by chance through a temple district that featured in the movie 'okuribito' (Departures) which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009. (Buddhist) Temples tend to signify urban life, literacy and education. Buddhism, which came to to Japan via China has many sutras and religious text that require at least some of the population to be literate. In contrast, Shinto, the indigenous religion has no written doctrine and shrines which are connected to nature and are found randomly on mountain paths, by waterfalls and in forest clearings. (The lack of written doctrine helps explain how Shinto could be manipulated so much in the lead up to world war II).
Kaian - A Zen temple with pagoda near the station
A signboard showing where part of Okuribito was filmed
A house of no particular significance that I could see.
Shops to rent near the station
Sakata town map (the macro setting isn't quite right)
North of Sakata it was dark. I took the train to Akita city and changed to an all stations to Odate, arriving at 9.54pm.
Some time in the future I would like to go back to Sakata and follow the trainline up the coast to Aomori.