Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Shoyu altar

On Terukuni Street, heading south, there's a small store that sells shoyuu (soy sauce). I haven't tried going inside, but it looks like a showroom for a boutique shoyuu maker. Out front in the parking lot is this concrete box. I'm thinking it's a kind of Shinto altar to the shoyuu god to thank it for blessing them with good products. Soy sauce is produced using a fermentation process relatively similar to that for sake (nihon-shu), so there's a certain risk that any given batch won't come out right. It's a good idea to have the proper Shinto god on your side when you're in this business.

He may be small, but he's happy.

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