The journey begins….

After a seemingly long summer, and fall, my first day of work at the sake brewery finally arrived. What was my first task, you may wonder? Answer: sweeping up fallen leaves. The day began at 8am, and as a group, owner included, we swept up the leaves from the concrete around the office and in front of the brewery. That completed, it was time for the first morning meeting of the year, during which I was introduced by the owner to the other staff. The team consists of the owner, his wife, his eldest daughter, his son (the head brewer), three other brewery workers: Ogawa-san, Iida-san, and Suda-san, and now me. Everyone is fairly young, which is a stark contrast to most sake breweries in Japan.
After the morning meeting it was off to the kura (brewery) to start the day’s (and this week’s) objective: clean and organize everything. There was one slight hitch- I didn’t have rubber boots, so it was off to the local supply store, Workman, to get some.
The rest of the day went smoothly and involved a lot of cleaning. We cleaned the muro (the place where they make koji), the motoshitsu (the place where they make the yeast starter), lots of large cloths, kojibuta (wooden boxes for koji), and many other things.
I am sorry I don’t have a photo, but will try take one tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.

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1 Response to “The journey begins….”


  1. 1 Tokyofoodcast October 24, 2009 at 05:58

    Ganbatte kudasai. Oishii osake tanoshimi desu!


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