Ugo is a fertile province, and its remote location in the far northwest helps keep it a very rural place. It produces mainly sake, vegetables and building stone. Nowadays it is part of the Akita prefecture and still famous for the production of sake, along with the drinking of sake. Some claim it is home to the most beautiful women in all of Japan, although is that the sake speaking? It is also home to Ono no Komachi, one of Japan's most famous female poets and, according to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary once appeared there as well.