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Kiritampo Festival

Kiritampo Festival

This year Odate will hold the 44th annual Kiritampo Festival, where Akita cuisine takes center stage. 2016 marks the fourth year that the event has been held in the Jukai Dome, where over 130,000 people came in 2015 to enjoy the festivities. The festival aims to...
The Origins of Kiritampo

The Origins of Kiritampo

The humble origins of kiritampo trace back to peasants working in the mountains around Odate. After a hard day’s work, they would mash rice, roast it upon a charcoal fire, and enjoy the finished product with miso or as part of soup. Once they began to cut or rip that...