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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/

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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…

Mowing weed around rice field

I helped my landlords to mow the weeds of their rice fields. The weed cutter was heavy, and I felt this work is so hard.

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Farmwork in early morning

"Koinobori", carp streamers over pond

Koinobori is a japanese traditional ornament in the shape of carps. In japan the carp is a lucky symbol. We display it at each home or public places for several days around Children's Day to wish the kids to have their great future. Event:…

Akita Dog Exhibition (Odate city)

The Akita is a dog native to Akita Prefecture where has Odate city. Odate is deeply related to Akita inu historically and called the hometown of the Akita. There is an anual event that the Akita from all Japan conpete for their figure or l…

Cherry blossoms along Nagaki river (Odate city)

The cherry trees are now in bloom at some places in Odate.

Tempting alpine leek

My master of mountain vegetables and driving gave me. It smells like garlic, and lets me want a glass of beer.

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.

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.

Dedicating sacred rope “Shimenawa” to Idegawa zelkova tree (Wakaki Shrine ceremony, Odate city)

I visited the event of making Shinto festoon “Shimenawa” at Idegawa area in Odate last month. Today the rope was dedicated for the sacred tree“Idegawa-no-Keyaki”. For a year the rope is listed, then the residents will make the new one on A…

Beautiful mistress of “Edo-Kouta” from Akita

Ms. Kasuga Toyo Shibaho who is my teacher of “Edo-Kouta” in Tokyo, traditional short song of Japan, is from Akita. We say that women from Akita are beautiful. In fact, she is the most typical.

“Iburigakko” local good cook woman made

It is smoked radish pickles known as Akita’s specialty. It is loved around Japan. In Akita people teach each other how to cook delicious foods.

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.

“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…

Shared “Daifuku”, rice cake with bean paste

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

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…