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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Harvesting first cucumber

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"Cafe Dake"

Campanula

Watering inspite of raining

Shirakami Mountains

Akita dog

Scenery while working

Sea breeze and mountain breeze

Weeding field horsetail

Tempura of robinia pseudoacacia

Illuminated roses

Rice fields today

Izakaya "Akitaya"

Rice planting machine

Wild wisteria

Chloranthus japonicus

"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…

Rice field filled with water

Many rice fields in Odate are ready to rice-planting.

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.

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.

Car wash covered with cherry blossom petals

Sakura blossoms are falling on my work place.Japanese sensitivity has loved the beauty from ending of its life since a lot time ago.

Tanesashi Coast (Hachinohe city, Aomori Prefecture)

The natural grass has grown from water's edge on the shore. I have never seen such scenery in Japan. Tanesashi Coast 【Address】Tanakubo, Samemachi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori-ken, Japan 【Access from Odate】Mainly for 2-3 hours by car 【Contac…

"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 in "Kimimachizaka" (Futatsui-town, Noshiro city)

Some of cherry trees, their flowers are falling and the fresh greens have sprouted. Time flies. Kimimachizaka Prefectural Nature Park 【Address】Nakajima, Kotsunagi, futatsui-machi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-ken, Japan 【Contact】Futatsui-town To…

Cherry blossoms along Nagaki river (Odate city)

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

Cherry blossoms at night (Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Prefecture)

Last night I saw the beautiful cherry blossoms lit brightly at Hirosaki Castle and Hirosaki Park where is about an hour’s drive away from Odate. Event: Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival (http://www.en-aomori.com/culture-034.html) 【Date】to…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

“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…

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…

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…