Seasonal Scenery

Seasonal Scenery

Spring

As the cold of winter abates, signs of the long-awaited spring begin to appear in Kakuda. Around the beginning of April, trees come into full bloom with apricot and cherry blossoms. Along the banks of the Abukuma River, people join in the yellow rape flower blossom festical, and in parks everywhere people come out to view the beautiful cherry blossoms.

In the surrounding mountains, adorned with fresh greenery, spring is the time to go hiking and to gather wild vegetables.

 

Summer

In summer the hills of Kakuda turn a deep green.

Summer is also the season of festivals. The beginning of August each year is marked by the Kanadzu Tanabata Festival. It is a traditional festival that continued since the Edo Era. For years and years the lanterns were carried through the festival by schoolboys, now due to a decline in population both boys and girls carry the lanterns.

In mid-August there is the Kakuda Furusato (hometown) Festival, the main event of the year. On the day of the festival, Kakuda residents parade through the center of the city wearing their summer kimonos (yukata).

Festivals in Kakuda maintain an authentic, non-commercialized feel that set them apart from larger and more well-known festivals in Sendai and elsewhere.

 

Autumn

Autumn is the time for enjoying picking 'nashi' (Japanese pears) and grapes in the orchards on the outskirts of the city. It is also the season for harvesting the rice.

At the beginning of November the annual Riverside Marathon attracts many runners to the banks of the Abukuma River.

By mid-November the nearby mountains are draped in the reds and yellows of autumn.

 

Winter

With the arrival of winter, snow periodically carpets the homes and fields of Kakuda. Hundreds of swans fly in from Siberia to visit as seasonal residents of the Teshiroginuma Pond and Uchimachiko Lake.

On January 14th, the Dontosai Festival livens up the city. Young people dressed as heroes march to five shrines around the city praying for safety at home, for protection from sickness and disasters, and for prosperous business in the new year. It is notable that the only clothing worn by participants is loincloths.