The Ani Matagi Hunters of Akita
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In this episode, we visit Ani in Kita-Akita, Akita. Surrounded by mountains on all sides and covered with 94% trees, Ani is said to be the birthplace of the matagi. The matagi hunt under strict rules and believe in the mountain god. They hold the belief that all mountain bounty is bestowed upon by this god. Although the lifestyle of matagi has changed to farming and entering the woods only during hunting season, the culture and customs of matagi have been preserved and passed down to these people who live in the forest.

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