Summary of Akita Prefecture
Capital City: Akita
Population in 2010 (thousands): 1,086
Area (square km): 11,636
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Nobu Shirase and Namahage)
Nobu Shirase was the explorer born in Akita. He had had great ambitious for a polar expedition from his early days in Akita famous for its heavy snowfall. On January 16th, 1912, Shirase landed on Antarctica and headed to the South Pole together with four of his team members. Unfortunately, they had to give up a chance to reach the South Pole because of lack of food and so on, but, one of the glaciers in Antarctica was named "Shirase Gracier".
In addition to Nobu Shirase, Akita Silver Coin features the unique traditional folk event and ritual observed through Oga Peninsula in Akita. It is called "Namahage" , and in this event, men wearing eerie demon masks and holding scary but fake tools made of wood make house-to-house visits in a settlement to ask each family, "Who is a crying child, who is a lazy child?"
500 yen bi-color clad coin
(Obverse design: Nobu Shirase and Kanto Festival)
The Kanto festival is held in Akita City every August, and during it, the performers manage freely bamboo poles with many lanterns, which are called Kanto, on their foreheads, shoulders and lower backs. In order to pray for good harvest, the shape of the whole Kanto is regarded as that of the ear of rice, and all together 46 lanterns are imitating the traditional storage bags of rice.
Coin Sets contain Akita Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 80 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 6 Prefectures (Toyama, Tottori, Kumamoto, Shiga, Iwate and Akita) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"