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/

Old Japanese-style house, Kitchen garden

Harvesting first cucumber

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Campanula

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Watering inspite of raining

Locating vinyl tunnel in green house

Cucumber in kitchen garden

Saved potato

Weeding field horsetail

Cooking parsley I grew

Universal welsh onion stopping regeneration

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Overgrown asparagus

The asparagus in my garden has grown 180 cm, too tall to eat.I get to know the unknown ecology of vegetables thanks to kitchen garden.

Fan heater again

When i lived in Yokoska I used heating equipments on November to March or April.I have turned on the kerosene fan heater continuingly today on June here Akita.

Keeping only kerosene fan heater

The weather forecast says that the low under 10℃ will continue for the next several days on June.I have put away the heating equipments except a kerosene fan heater to enjoy the short summer of Akita.

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…

Trying greenhouse cultivation

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

Farmwork in early morning

I had enjoyed the last holidays too much, and not taken care of my kitchen garden.My landlord who is a farmer lessoned me severely before going to work.

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

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

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.

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 harvested 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.