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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/

Sake “Takashimizu Haruno-Junmai” (made by Akita Shurui Seizo, Akita city)

I see that a lot of sake made in Akita on sale at the local supermarkets. “Takashimizu” is the popular brand also in Tokyo.

Onsen “Wagokoronoyado Himenoyu” (Kazuno city)

This hot spring is at Yuze spa village where is surrounded by beautiful mountains and Yoneshiro river, and good to access for Hachimantai sightseeing spot. It is an inn and opened to day use too. (In the bath taking picture is not permitte…

Butterbur scape telling coming of spring

Lately snow has been melting at the site of my house and around. Jpananese butterbur scape “fukinoto” that is a symbol of starting of spring has just appeared from under the snow today.

“Kotatsu”, heating table

Japanese traditional Kotatsu is a table with a heater and blanket.

Wintering dried persimmon

It has been made as a preserved food in Japan especially at snowy areas like Akita. Dried persimmon is very sweet, so I like eating it with a cup of sugar-free coffee.

Driving heavy truck uphill on 3rd gear

When I drive the concrete mixer truck on 2nd gear, it could not go up the steep slope of snowy road. My senior taught me to change the gear to 3rd and then it could climb the hill. I learned in some cases low gears can not move the truck u…

“Matobi”, firelight for ancestor(in Kitaakita-gun Kamikoani-mura, Kitaakita-shi)

Yesterday was Vernal Equinox Holiday. The mountain villages in this area has had an event that people kindle firelight to mourn for their ancestor at night. Several days before and after the holiday, we hold a Buddhist mass for the decease…

Radiation type electric heater

It runs by electricity and warms up close by its front quickly. When in Tokyo I used them at the urban small living room, I never thought that they would work at the storeroom and bath dressing room in snowy Akita.

Traditional dyeing “Shikon-zome” & “Akane-zome” exhibition(in Hanawa, Kazuno city)

“Shikon-zome” is dyed with Lithospermum erythrorhizon, “Akane-zome” with Rubia akane, they are vegetable dyeing. They have been inherited in this area for long time because Kazuno has a lot of the materials naturally. Event: Traditional Dy…

Apple-patterned packing tape

The neighbor Aomori prefecture is famous for producing apples. While driving to Aomori I got this cute item at the farmer's store.

“Pirunai Ham & Sausage of Hinaijidori” (made by Akitarokujikai, Odate city)

Hinai-jidori is one of three major homebred chicken in Japan, and grown in Odate. Its ham and sausage are a little bit expensive but delicious.

“Yutanpo”, heating equipment for bed

It is filled with hot water to warm bedding comforter. I put it under the quilt in winter night.

Shared “Daifuku”, rice cake with bean paste

My colleague gave me the sweet. In Akita people often share something good voluntarily.

Convection type oil stove

It works with kerosene and dry batteries and warms up surrounding and upper much, in addition, can bake something or be put a pot on the top.

Eating pickled Jerusalem artichokes

I have eaten the Jerusalem artichokes I pickled two weeks ago. It tastes very good, so I go to grow it in my kitchen garden this year. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Leaving the kerosene cans at home

Although I was going to buy kerosene, I had forgotten to bring the empty cans from home! I found it when arriving at the shopping area where is 30min far from my home by car.

Reflective oil stove

It works with kerosene and dry batteries, warms up front and upper much.

“Monpe”, Japanese work pants

It is loose-fitting and elastic waist pants for working. It is comfortable, and this is warm type, so I wear it as a loungewear in winter.

Drainage of water hose

Concrete mixer trucks have water hose outside to wash their body. In winter after using the water hose I have to drain water in order not to freeze, however short time is untill next using.

Three kerosene cans

I use about 200l kerosene to keep my home warm for a month. Akita is a northern cold area, much more at my large old house.

Sacred rope “Shimenawa” for zelkova tree living over a thousand years (made in Idegawa, Odate city)

The zelkova tree “Idegawa-no-Keyaki” stands at Idegawa area in Odate. The tree has been living over millennium. It has 5 trunks from one root, and its perimeter of the stump is about 28 meter. People here cherish it, think the god is in, m…

Sake “Junmai Daiginjo Chokaisan” (made by Tenju Shuzo, Yurihonjo city)

It is a Japanese rice wine made by the pure underground water of beautiful Mt. Chokai in Akita. This brand is said to be good with a wine grass as well as sake cup.

Kerosene fan heater

It starts burning quickly, so I turn it on at first when getting home.

Snow brushes

They are used to wipe snow on car away. In winter a snow brush is standing in the car.

"Sakura-Morokoshi"(made by Saito-Seika, Akita city)

Morokoshi is a famous confection of Akita, made of azuki bean flour. Its shapes are various; this cherry blossom-shaped one is good seasonally.

Wood burning stove

It heats a whole room, in addition, can bake rice cake or be put a pot, and so on. In Japan wood stove has become like symbol of rural life.

Many home heating appliances

In Akita it has been cold also in March. I have used more than 10 heating equipments in my large house.

Namahage-Shirokuma (bought in GAO, Oga Aquarium)

It is a soft toy of the “Shirokuma”, means polar bear, of Oga Aquarium, wearing costume of “Namahage” that is a traditional messenger of the regional gods.

Snow scoop

It is used to push and slide manually to carry away snow. We call it “Snow dump” in Japan, when I heard the name first time I thought every home in snowy area has their dump truck!

Pickled Jerusalem artichokes

I pickled Jerusalem artichokes the landlord of my house cultivated. I did not know this vegetable when I lived in Yokosuka. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com

Akita Sake brands-printed “Tenugui”, Japanese hand towel

I love this Tenugui with the names of Sake brands of breweries in Akita!

Stucked up car wipers on a cold day

Wiper blades need to be put up on a cold day in order not to freeze.

Commuting to work by car for 15 min

It takes 15 minutes to go to my workplace by my car. There is no stress because I do not need to ride urban packed trains and buses.

Baking dried fishes on a woodstove

I cooked dried horse mackerel and sandfish on the woodstove at home. They go very well with Sake.