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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/

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.