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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/

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

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.

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…

Windpants

I wear it over the pants not to get dirty when washing my truck or doing farmwork. It is a water repellent finishing, lightweight, and difficult to get sweaty.

Cooking potatoes I grew

I grew many potatoes in my field last autumn. They can be stored at cold and dark area long time. I made “imomochi”, like rice cake made with potato.

Air conditioner

It was useful at the new highly airtight and highly heat insulating apartment house that I lived at first in Odate, but now it is not active at my old drafty house. In Akita the cold weather models that have antifreezing outdoor unit are s…

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.

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.

“Yutanpo”, heating equipment for bed

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

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.

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.

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.

Kerosene fan heater

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

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.

Baking dried fishes on a woodstove

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