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/

Snow, Winter, Anti cold

Oktoberfest in Akita

Dried sardine ramen

Having arrived stink bug

Failing to starting winter preparation

Cooking bitter gourd I grew

Bitter gourd bearing fruit

seasonal change of clothing

Down quilt futon

Morning dew and rice field

Haze in Odate

18,000 Yen house rent

Locating vinyl tunnel in green house

Sea breeze and mountain breeze

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.

Akita is one of the most cheerful places in spring

The winter is so long in Akita. I had lived in several areas in Japan, and I feel happiest here when spring is coming.

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.

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.

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…

Showing up footpath between rice fields

The snow had melted because of the heat in daytime, and the road appeared for the first time in months. Many Japanese butterbur scapes may be on the skirts of mountain, but I am afraid of wildlife coming out of winter sleep so I can not go…

“Donbuku”, short winter coat

It is called “Hanten” around Tokyo, but people in Odate call it “Donbuku”. It is like a Kimono coat filled with cotton, warm and comfortable. In April the cold days will continue here so this is useful.

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.

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.

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…

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.