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a seaport on N Honshu, in N Japan, on the Sea of Japan.
(sometimes lowercase) one of a Japanese breed of large, muscular dogs having a broad head with erect ears, a stiff coat of brown, red, black, or brindle color, and a long tail curled over its back, originally bred for hunting, now often used as a guard dog.
Historical Examples

Although Akita prefecture is mountainous there is a greater proportion of level land in it than in Yamagata.
The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

Not a few miserable dwellings were to be seen as we passed into Akita prefecture.
The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

Yamagata signifies “shape of a mountain” and Akita means “autumn rice field.”
The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott

a large powerfully-built dog of a Japanese breed with erect ears, a typically white coat, and a large full tail carried curled over its back


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