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/

My Job, Car

Early shift

Hard fight against gadfly

Hydrangea

Blue rice field and mountain

Eco fair and great flea market in Odate

Lampranthus spectabilis

Trial satellite office Odate

Odate-gurumi Onsen village

18,000 Yen house rent

Scenery while working

"Kawatsura curry”

It is an instant curry containing the pork and apples, green onions made in Akita. This curry having umami is reproduced from the boardingproviding meals of "Kawatsura Unso", transport company in Yuzawa-shi. I bought it at "Michinoeki Kisa…

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Rice planting machine

"Sakurada Drive-in”

Nice timing sweet

Today I failed to have a breakfast because I had gotten up late.When working in the morning I just happened to meet my former colleague dump truck driver, then he gave me the "Monaka".He speaks Odate dialect with strong accent and I can un…

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…

Car wash covered with cherry blossom petals

Sakura blossoms are falling on my work place.Japanese sensitivity has loved the beauty from ending of its life since a lot time ago.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Wasao's pull back car

Akita dog “Wasao” that is popular for its funny face is riding on the toy mini truck. He lives in Ajigasawa, Aomori next to Akita.

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.

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…

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.

Snow brushes

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

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.