- plum blossoms started to bloom, and the first half of the beans boiled overnight
It is our 4th year for four of us to make Miso,soybean paste, together for a year.
If we practice the procedure in Spring , it will be ready to be cooked in Autumn.
We had set the date for April 23 rd, and had soaked soybeans cropped by each one of us last Autumn, at each one’s home more than 24 hours beforehand.
- my share of the beans yet to be fully swollen
April 23 rd turned out to be a perfect timing; it had rained a lot on the 21st , and our fields are still too muddy to cultivate,so we did not have to worry about the delay in our farmwork.
We have to spend a whole day to make Miso,you see.
- scooping out the fully boiled, softened beans
A neiboring lady peeked in.
” Miso today? Good for you!”
” You are fully dressed for work! Don’t go ahead of us and earn too much!”
” I don’t. I am just playing around.”
” Liar! You work too much.”
- mix and knead the bean, malted rice, and salt
“Remember how ~~ chan complained about having to make miso with her relatives before? And now she is all for making handmades.”