Happy new year! Mirin is ready!

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I can’t believe how quickly January goes. It is already 23rd of January! Happy new year to every one! Hope you had a great festive season. And also hope the rest of (almost) 11 months will be nice & happy days x

One of the thing I did this year is started to use homemade Mirin after more than 1 year of slow conversing into sugar from brown rice by koji – actually by the enzyme which was made from Koji.

It went really well!!
Smells beautiful, amazing amber colour. Very sweet. I am very happy about this outcome!
For squeezing, I used a hand-sawed cotton bag, but of course you can use any bags. Here is some other bags I use – recycled flour bag & cheese cloth FYI.

Inside of jar is like this.
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and just pouring this liquid, and separated from lees.
I normally use this wooden mould, which is for tofu making originally. You can use any sort of strainer.
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Mirining(!!) for just 2 bottles for this moment. I like this way. Bottling little by little and leave the rest for keep fermenting. And the lees (the one in the red bowl) !!! This is also amazing as well as Mirin.  Don’t throw it away, it can be used for many ways!  I mixed it with Miso and made marinade sauce this time.
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I’ve just realised I didn’t write anything when I made this Mirin in 2016. I will write about it shortly!!!
Sweet Mirin. Sweet 2018.  Hope you had a nice start of 2018.

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Beautiful handwork – Tenugui – Japanese traditional handtowel

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Tenugui is such a usuful cloth around kitchen.
You can wipe your hands, use as a dish cloth, serviette …etc.
Framed Tenugui is great decoration of the room. You can easily chose and change the tenugui to suite your occasion or seasons.
So much variation in design and pattern.

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There must be many different dying process around the world.
But this process is Japanese original. It’s a traditional way for many many years.
it called – Chusen. 注染 menas, dye by pouring ink. Not print.
It actually takes time, labor and cost, but this family-owned company strictly keeps this tradition and making greate quality Tenugui.

This is the report of such a wonderful family-owned tenugui company in Niitaga, Japan. Echigo-konkameya. 越後紺亀屋
You can easily feel how good quality it is once you use their Tenugui.

First, decide design and cut the paper along the pattern.
(Can you believe this process will be done by all handwork?)

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Different patterns
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Next step.
Make natural glue.
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This “making glue” is very difficult part.
You have to adjust the glue depend on the weather and temperature.

Place the long cotton cloth and put the pattern cut paper on it.
Then place this glue on the cloth using the pattern.
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This glued part will be undyed.
Repeat this for 40 pieces, but it have to be exactly same place.

Then make the cotton dry in the rice-chaff.

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Now go to dying table.
Place the cotton and pat them to make flat.
They will dye 40 pieces at once so the surface have to be flat to pour the ink even.

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Then start pouring ink!
This ink is hot, about 70 degree….so the room is vey hot, too. How hard to do this duiring summer.

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Keep the pace, keep the quantity.
Need concentration!!

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Once it dyed, then it will be washed.

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Make them dry.
As you can see, in this stage, it is still long.
It will be cut later.

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Once it dried, then cut and hold nicely as you can see at shop.
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They are the family who keeps traditional Japanese dying process.
Thank you for great effort!!!
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If you have Tenugui with you, you can check like this.
Does your Tenugui look same both side? Has colour and design for both side?

Some Tenugui has a pattern print on one side only.
If so, the Tenugui was dyed by different method.

If your Tenugui has colour in both side (both side looks exactlly same),
then your Tenugui was made by this traditional method-“Chusen”. You have a cool Tenugui !! Yeah!!

PS
Beautiful tools from this factory.

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