The Miso Factory

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During Golden Week, I visited a miso factory with a couple of friends. It was pretty interesting. I was not a big place, but it did contain a small museum. Above are the wooden barrels where the soybeans are fermented with koji to make miso paste. Atop the wooden barrels’ lids are a stack of heavy stones,

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Children’s Day

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Yesterday was a national holiday called Children’s Day. I met up with some friends for sightseeing in Gamagori, Nishio, and Handa.

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We visited an island with a Shinto shrine on it, a miso factory, a vinegar museum, a tea house, and a costco.

It was pretty fun.

Plum Blossoms

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The plum blossoms are starting to bloom. People are starting to get excited for the upcoming flower viewing season. This year has been especially mild (or so I am told), so the season should be here soon. I have already been invited to two viewing parties, one with the Education Department (my office), and one with a school I have yet to teach at but have a friend at. My friend from Anjo and I are also trying to get something set up with that school and a few of our students.