Mt. Tashiro in Odate makes lots bamboo shoots called “Nemagaridake”, that are soft, narrow and long characteristically. A day in the season, this year was today, the event that you can eat valuable Nemagaridake miso soup is held. In Akita …
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…
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…
Many rice fields in Odate are ready to rice-planting.
This red wine is made from the grape variety "Wine Grand" which crossed with wild vines, and the grapes are made in Kosaka town. Kosaka and neighboring Aomori prefecture have the beautiful Towadako lake. It is connected with that a lot of …
This is an instant curry containing high quality Wagyu beef "Yuri-gyu" that had brought up at the natural environment in Yurihonjo-shi. Its complicated ingredients make the curry spicy and tasty. I bought it at "Michinoeki Kisakata Nemu-no…
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.
I had never eaten these wild vegetables when I lived in Yokosuka.I can get over severe winter of Akita for them.The taste is wonderful.
My acquaintance gave me this wild vegetable she gathered in the mountain.Its unique aroma lets me feel spring.
This wild vegetable is stored for long time being dried.Drying with sun sometimes rubbing is little bit hard, but this process makes it wonderful taste.
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
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…
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.
Akita is produceing a lot of green soy beans. Odate is also doing, and developing many processed foods made from it. This is a cute shaped bean jam wafer. The information is as of April 25th 2017.
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 is giant enough to stand in for umbrella. I always buy Tenugui of local design when travelling around Japan. akitaodatelifeen.hatenablog.com
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.
My master of mountain vegetables and driving gave me. It smells like garlic, and lets me want a glass of beer.
This mixture of dashi like soy sauce is very popular in Akita. It is useful for cooking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I see that a lot of sake made in Akita on sale at the local supermarkets. “Takashimizu” is the popular brand also in Tokyo.
“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…
The neighbor Aomori prefecture is famous for producing apples. While driving to Aomori I got this cute item at the farmer's store.
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.
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.
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.
Morokoshi is a famous confection of Akita, made of azuki bean flour. Its shapes are various; this cherry blossom-shaped one is good seasonally.
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.
I love this Tenugui with the names of Sake brands of breweries in Akita!