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This blog is written by author Sachiko who is not a native speaker of English, so it may be hard to read. It is translated from the summary of Japanese page; http://akitaodatelifejp.hatenablog.com/

Chloranthus japonicus

"Sakurada Drive-in”

Nice timing sweet

Growing Japanese long onion

Long onion "Naga-negi" is useful for Japanese hot pot cuisines and so on. They can overwinter after being harvested.

"Satoyama no Cafe Ninigi" (Oga city)

It was an unseasonably hot day today. I visited to the cafe that is renovated of old Japanese-style house standing in rice fields in Oga peninsula. Many Japanese traditional folk houses are built by airy construction. The cafe was pretty c…

Frogs' chorus

My house is surrounded with rice fields "Tanbo". In this season many frogs living in Tanbo sing at night. Anyway, why are you in my kitchen?

Trying greenhouse cultivation

I set my greenhouse for the first time. I am going to cultivate watermelon, various vegetables and fruits.

Rice field filled with water

Many rice fields in Odate are ready to rice-planting.

My blue collar making me happier with drink

The bending machine at my workplace has changed its all items to cold beverages. My job is to drive a heavy truck and unload ready-mixed concrete in construction sites. I feel more delicious now with having drinks on break time than when I…

“Towadako Kougen Wine” made from grapes of Akita

This red wine is made from the grape variety "Wine Grand" which crossed with wild vines, and the grapes are made in Kosaka town. Kosaka and neighboring Aomori prefecture have the beautiful Towadako lake. It is connected with that a lot of …

"Herb Garden Akita Yuri-gyu Beef Curry" (made by Akita New Baio Farm, Yurihonjo city)

This is an instant curry containing high quality Wagyu beef "Yuri-gyu" that had brought up at the natural environment in Yurihonjo-shi. Its complicated ingredients make the curry spicy and tasty. I bought it at "Michinoeki Kisakata Nemu-no…

Mowing weed around rice field

I helped my landlords to mow the weeds of their rice fields. The weed cutter was heavy, and I felt this work is so hard.

Tempura of fatsia sprouts and chengiopanax sciadophylloides

I had never eaten these wild vegetables when I lived in Yokosuka.I can get over severe winter of Akita for them.The taste is wonderful.

Akita is one of the most cheerful places in spring

The winter is so long in Akita. I had lived in several areas in Japan, and I feel happiest here when spring is coming.

Car wash covered with cherry blossom petals

Aralia cordata

Farmwork in early morning

Sun drying of Osmunda japonica

Cooking fatsia sprouts I grew

I felt that they were not better than the natural products. The flavor of what I grew was weak, so I used seasoning. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Onsen “Saga-ryokan” (Shimohuro spa area in Kazamaura village, Shimokita district, Aomori Prefecture)

The spa village faced the sea, so I ate the very fresh raw fish Sashimi and delicious foods in the inn. Its common bathroom was compact, but the good hot spring water quality refreshed me. “Saga-ryokan” 【Address】24, Shimohuro, Shimohuro,…

Tanesashi Coast (Hachinohe city, Aomori Prefecture)

The natural grass has grown from water's edge on the shore. I have never seen such scenery in Japan. Tanesashi Coast 【Address】Tanakubo, Samemachi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori-ken, Japan 【Access from Odate】Mainly for 2-3 hours by car 【Contac…

"Koinobori", carp streamers over pond

Koinobori is a japanese traditional ornament in the shape of carps. In japan the carp is a lucky symbol. We display it at each home or public places for several days around Children's Day to wish the kids to have their great future. Event:…

Akita Dog Exhibition (Odate city)

The Akita is a dog native to Akita Prefecture where has Odate city. Odate is deeply related to Akita inu historically and called the hometown of the Akita. There is an anual event that the Akita from all Japan conpete for their figure or l…

Cherry blossoms in "Kimimachizaka" (Futatsui-town, Noshiro city)

Some of cherry trees, their flowers are falling and the fresh greens have sprouted. Time flies. Kimimachizaka Prefectural Nature Park 【Address】Nakajima, Kotsunagi, futatsui-machi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-ken, Japan 【Contact】Futatsui-town To…

Making additional purchase of kerosene

It is cold at morning and night on May in Odate every year. I bought some kerosene for heating today. On the other hand, my friend in my hometown told me that she had left off using heater on March. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Cherry blossoms along Nagaki river (Odate city)

The cherry trees are now in bloom at some places in Odate.

Cherry blossoms at night (Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Prefecture)

Last night I saw the beautiful cherry blossoms lit brightly at Hirosaki Castle and Hirosaki Park where is about an hour’s drive away from Odate. Event: Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival (http://www.en-aomori.com/culture-034.html) 【Date】to…

“Flavor of Forest”, fragrant room spray (bought in “Utto Onsen Mataginoyu”)

This is a room fragrance spray that is imaged of the forest around “Utto Onsen Mataginoyu” hot spring and the bears of “Kuma-kuma En” farm. I use it in my truck to feel refreshed. The information is as of April 28th 2017.

Narcissus in bloom

The yellow and white flowers are blooming everywhere in Odate. When I lived in Yokosuka, I often saw narcissuses in winter. I feel again that I am in the snow country.

Rusted sickle and scissors

It has been raining since last night in Odate. I had forgotten to bring the farm tools back home last season, then they got rusty because of rain. Rain is often blessing to the cherry blossoms to open, sometimes rotting iron.

"Odate-Edamame-Monaka" (made by Club Sweets, Odate city)

Akita is produceing a lot of green soy beans. Odate is also doing, and developing many processed foods made from it. This is a cute shaped bean jam wafer. The information is as of April 25th 2017.

Winter coming again six months later

I put away the winter working clothes. Odate has beautiful four seasons. I think that winter is the most impressive.

Making a sweet “Goma-Mochi”

I kneaded each black and white “Goma”, means sesame, into dough of “Mochi”, means rice cake, then rolled them and cut it. It is a local sweet of Odate and the surrounding area.

Onsen “Shohoen” (Kowakubi spa village, Daisen city)

This hot spring is through the rice fields in the rural landscape. It is a member of Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns, and opened to day use too. The building is a registered tangible cultural property. Onsen ryokan inn “Shoho…

Akita butterbur-printed “Tenugui”, Japanese hand towel

Akita butterbur is giant enough to stand in for umbrella. I always buy Tenugui of local design when travelling around Japan. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

“Magewappa”, cedar lunch box made in Odate

Odate Magewappa is a traditional lunch box made of Akita cedar. I am always very surprised that I feel the rice is tastier with it. The good one is expensive but worth more than the price.

Tempting alpine leek

My master of mountain vegetables and driving gave me. It smells like garlic, and lets me want a glass of beer.

Multipurpose sauce "Ajidorakunosato"(made by Tohoku Shoyu, Daisen city)

This mixture of dashi like soy sauce is very popular in Akita. It is useful for cooking.

Traditional seasoning “Shottsuru”

Shottsuru is a fish sauce made of sailfin sandfish “Hatahata” and salt etc, made in Akita. It is very salty but tasty, so I use one little bit for cooking. The information is as of April 17th 2017.

Convenience store with vast parking lots

In Akita, or maybe rural areas in all Japan, we see the convenience stores having parking lots many cars also large trucks can park in. I was surprised at first, because urban shops often have no parking space.

“Tully’s Coffee Odate”

There are several chain family or fast food restaurants in Odate. Last autumn, the long-awaited coffee chain store opened. Unlike urban shops it is a spacious shop just like Akita’s positive feature. “Tully’s Coffee Odate” 【Address】5-2-4…

Growing fatsia sprouts

I received the good news that it is easy to grow the tasty Japanese mountain vegetable fatsia sprouts at home. My colleague was so kind as to give me the harvesting kit he made. I am looking forward them to get big.

Cap farmers often wear

I think that In Japan we see the baseball cap written of somehow no meaning English message, especially farmers wears. I do not know why the farmers wear it, but I was given it from my senior of agriculture and driving. I really like it.

Surprising universal welsh onion

The green onion I planted and harvested last summer is growing in spite of the heavy snow in last winter.

Frogs of stone statue telling spring has come

It has resumed dedicating water to a couple of frogs on both side of the gate of my work place because recent warm temperature does not freeze it. In Japanese frog is called “Kaeru”, and getting back home is called “Kaeru” too, that is, it…

Forgetting radish I pickled

I have forgotten that I pickled Japanese white radish for months. It is necessary to record schedule visually.

Preparing kitchen garden

The snow on the field had melted so I started to work on my kitchen garden. I removed weeds and wait for the soil to dry. I regret that last season I did not to record how to do the farm work my landlord who is a farmer taught me, so I hav…

Dedicating sacred rope “Shimenawa” to Idegawa zelkova tree (Wakaki Shrine ceremony, Odate city)

I visited the event of making Shinto festoon “Shimenawa” at Idegawa area in Odate last month. Today the rope was dedicated for the sacred tree“Idegawa-no-Keyaki”. For a year the rope is listed, then the residents will make the new one on A…

“Fuki-miso”, cut butterbur scapes together with soybean paste

Japanese butterbur scape is the prefecture flower of Akita. They grow on fields and mountains, riversides, country roads, or often in main roads side. I cooked Fuki-miso paste that is good as a nibble for sake or a topping on rice.

Showing up footpath between rice fields

The snow had melted because of the heat in daytime, and the road appeared for the first time in months. Many Japanese butterbur scapes may be on the skirts of mountain, but I am afraid of wildlife coming out of winter sleep so I can not go…