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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/

Making a sweet “Goma-Mochi”

I kneaded each black and white “Goma”, means sesame, into dough of “Mochi”, means rice cake, then rolled them and cut it. It is a local sweet of Odate and the surrounding area.

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

“Magewappa”, cedar lunch box made in Odate

Odate Magewappa is a traditional lunch box made of Akita cedar. I am always very surprised that I feel the rice is tastier with it. The good one is expensive but worth more than the price.

Tempting alpine leek

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

Multipurpose sauce "Ajidorakunosato"(made by Tohoku Shoyu, Daisen city)

This mixture of dashi like soy sauce is very popular in Akita. It is useful for cooking.

Traditional seasoning “Shottsuru”

Shottsuru is a fish sauce made of sailfin sandfish “Hatahata” and salt etc, made in Akita. It is very salty but tasty, so I use one little bit for cooking. The information is as of April 17th 2017.

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.

“Fuki-miso”, cut butterbur scapes together with soybean paste

Japanese butterbur scape is the prefecture flower of Akita. They grow on fields and mountains, riversides, country roads, or often in main roads side. I cooked Fuki-miso paste that is good as a nibble for sake or a topping on rice.

“Omori Wine” made from grapes of Akita(Mercian Corporation)

This wine is made from the grapes of Omori district, Yokote city. Akita is a major production area of Japanese rice wine sake, its cool climate is suitable to grow Riesling grapes for wine too. The information is as of April 5th 2017.

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.

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.

Sake “Takashimizu Haruno-Junmai” (made by Akita Shurui Seizo, Akita city)

I see that a lot of sake made in Akita on sale at the local supermarkets. “Takashimizu” is the popular brand also in Tokyo.

Traditional dyeing “Shikon-zome” & “Akane-zome” exhibition(in Hanawa, Kazuno city)

“Shikon-zome” is dyed with Lithospermum erythrorhizon, “Akane-zome” with Rubia akane, they are vegetable dyeing. They have been inherited in this area for long time because Kazuno has a lot of the materials naturally. Event: Traditional Dy…

Apple-patterned packing tape

The neighbor Aomori prefecture is famous for producing apples. While driving to Aomori I got this cute item at the farmer's store.

“Pirunai Ham & Sausage of Hinaijidori” (made by Akitarokujikai, Odate city)

Hinai-jidori is one of three major homebred chicken in Japan, and grown in Odate. Its ham and sausage are a little bit expensive but delicious.

“Monpe”, Japanese work pants

It is loose-fitting and elastic waist pants for working. It is comfortable, and this is warm type, so I wear it as a loungewear in winter.

Sake “Junmai Daiginjo Chokaisan” (made by Tenju Shuzo, Yurihonjo city)

It is a Japanese rice wine made by the pure underground water of beautiful Mt. Chokai in Akita. This brand is said to be good with a wine grass as well as sake cup.

"Sakura-Morokoshi"(made by Saito-Seika, Akita city)

Morokoshi is a famous confection of Akita, made of azuki bean flour. Its shapes are various; this cherry blossom-shaped one is good seasonally.

Namahage-Shirokuma (bought in GAO, Oga Aquarium)

It is a soft toy of the “Shirokuma”, means polar bear, of Oga Aquarium, wearing costume of “Namahage” that is a traditional messenger of the regional gods.

Akita Sake brands-printed “Tenugui”, Japanese hand towel

I love this Tenugui with the names of Sake brands of breweries in Akita!