Stories from Japan’s Heartland
Neighbourhood Rice Harvesting, or, I Tried For Literally Hours to Think of a Good Pun for Harvesting Rice, but the Best I Could Come up With Was ‘Abolish Rice’
It’s rice-planting season here in the Kiso valley. And you know what that means? That’s right – ten thousand frogs croaking just outside my bedroom window literally all night. But while I’ve long gotten used to sound (and now actually find it kind of relaxing), this time around it’s only serving to remind me thatContinue reading “Neighbourhood Rice Harvesting, or, I Tried For Literally Hours to Think of a Good Pun for Harvesting Rice, but the Best I Could Come up With Was ‘Abolish Rice’”
Welcome to ‘Eating the Kiso Valley’ – a new series of articles covering the culinary side of life in the Kiso valley. In today’s post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best miso money can buy, and trying our hand at making some shio koji. (Content Warning: expect photos of extremely coolContinue reading “Eating the Kiso Valley #1: Kiso’s Finest Miso”
A few weeks ago my wife and I were invited to dinner and drinks at an acquaintance’s house (you know you’re finally a real adult when you start listing people as ‘acquaintances’) in Kiso-machi. Kiso-machi is a small town even deeper into Kiso Valley country – about a forty minute’s drive north of Nagiso, beyondContinue reading “I Am Become Chainsaw Man, Destroyer of Trees”
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