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One of old-established Sake breweries in Kanazawa

2011年1月28日 金曜日

fukumitsuyasakeshop

Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery has run a business since 1625.

yamadanishiki

Sake rice, Yamadanishiki harvested in Hyogo Prefecture.

50percentmilling

A grain of rice is polished 50 percent for Junmai-Daiginjo Sake. 

sacredstrawrope

Shimenawa, sacred straw rope is decorated in front of Sakagura, rice wine cellar. Making Sake is regarded as a sacred event in Japan.

onehundredyearwater

Hyakunensui, one hundred years old water, taken from 150 meter deep underground, which is rich in minerals is used for sake brewing. 

winecellarforsake

A sugidama, symbol of sake brewery is decorated.  The needles of Japanese cedar come from O0-miwa Shrine in Nara Prefecture, where the guardian deity of the human life including brewing  sake is enshrined. A new sugidama ball is made and decorated every November to show that new sake is brewed.

shubomaking

Making Shubo, yeast starter

 shubointank

Yeast cells are developing in a tank.

moromimaking

Moromi making

moromitank

Steamed rice, koji, water and shubo are mixed togeter.

temperaturecontrol 

Temperatures are controled low.

bottomoftank

Moromi tanks shape round at bottom to get smooth mixtute.

pressmachine

Press machine is used to separate Moromi into clear sake and sake lees.

sakelees

Sake Kasu, white sake lees are nutritious ingredients,which are rich in protein and minerals.

Ono Karakuri “Mechanical Device” Memorial Museum

2011年1月15日 土曜日

teaservingdoll

Explanation of the tea serving mechanical doll

teaservingdoll2

When you pick up a tea cup, the doll waits until you return the cup.

returningdoll

The doll returns to an original position with carrying the empty cup.

backflipdoll

Acrobatic backflip doll

backflipdoll2

The doll goes down the stairs.

welcomingdoll

Welcoming mechanical doll

exhibitionroom

Entrance of exhibition room

electricitymachine

Primitive electricity device

tricktoyroom

Children’s play room displaying many trick toys

Old-established Sake Brewery in Kanazawa

2011年1月14日 金曜日

facade

A front view of YachiyaShuzo Sake Brewery

sakebusinessroom

Sake business room with two adjustable pot hooks over the hearth

One is for cooking and the other is for warming sake to serve for customers.

highceiling

High ceiling suported by big beams, and a window to ventilate smoke and to take the light inside of the room

leaningpillar

One of the pillars is installed leaning toward outside intentionally, which resembles in bowing to customers.It shows the sake brewery’s wishes to invite more customers.

varietyofsake

Variety of Sake is produced by YachiyaShuzo Brewery.

ricesteaming

A big pot for rice steaming

kojimaking

Keep off Koji making room

sakemash

Sake mash sits about 20 days.

mixingstick

Mixing Sticks for sake mash “Moromi”

pressingmachine

A pressing machine to get clear sake

Snow blancqueted Kenrokuen Landscape Garden

2011年1月10日 月曜日

calmshowyhisagoikepond

Calm white snowy Hisago-ike pond gives serein and quiet atmosphere to visitors.

lonelyfountaininshow

The lonely fountain is spurting out water surrounded with a pile of snow like a lonely dancer dancing alone.

picturesquekotojistonelantern

Kasumiga-ike pond is reflecting Horai-jima island, where a legendary wizard is supposed to live enjoying immortality.  Kotoji stone lantern shoulders white snow.

pineandkotojiinsnow

Karasakino-matsu pine is supported with straw ropes from heavy snow.

snowshovellingwork

Garden laborers shovel show from the path.

uchihasiteiteahiuseandsparklingsnow

Clouds move away and the sun shines.  Snows on tall trees sparkle. A beautiful scene is beyond the expression of words. Some says ” Wow” ,which must be an appropriate word.  Uchihashi-tei tea house protrudes into Kasumiga-ike pond.

yukitsuristrawropes

Straw ropes are spread over crawling pine look like unfolding umbrellas.

wideview

A wide view is thrown into your sight.

Preparing for winter

2010年12月11日 土曜日

nagamach-self-portrait

Mud walls at Nagamachi Samurai District skirted with rice-straw mats to protect from the damage by snow. 

karasakinomatsu-strawropetieup

Gardeners are cooperating to tie up straw ropes to the branches of Karasakinomatsu pine tree.

 

 

tsuzumimongate

New symbol of  Kanazawa, Tsuzumi-mon gate in front of JR Kanazawa Station.

Hello world!

2010年12月11日 土曜日

illuminated Karasakinomatsu pine tree at kenrokuen

Beautifully illuminated Karasakinomatsu pine tree in Kenrokuen landscape garden. Straw ropes from tips of the poles are tied up to each of the branches of the pine tree to protect from heavy snow.