Hello everyone! (●・ω・)ﾉ
Let’s continue from where we left last week…
After leaving the beach,
Tamaki san finds a place where he has no idea
what is happening inside!
Then he takes a peek inside and a man appears at the entrance.
Tamaki san greets him and asks him what kind of place this is…
The man (Watanabe san) explains that they produce
Sazae and Awabi (species of sea snail).
Tamaki san then asks him if they can take a look inside,
and Watanabe san of course agrees.
As soon as they get in,
Tamaki san notices that the place
is actually pretty warm.
Watanabe san tells him that the temperature of this place
is in relation with the temperature of the sea water!
That’s why it is warm during the winter and
cool during the hot summer days.
As Tamaki san gets closer to the pool
where they keep the sazae…
he asks Watanabe san:
“Of course these are the sazae they catch
around this area, right?”
But he’s wrong…
Watanabe san says that the ones in this pool are
brought from other towns but what they keep in the large water
galons over there are the sazae they catch in Chiba!
Then Tamaki san says: “Certainly, these are pretty big!”
But he’s wrong again XD
Watanabe san tells him
that the Chiba products are much bigger!!
To show him the difference,
Watanabe san brings out the sazae and
holds them in his hand!!
They ARE big!! Compared to other areas!!
After checking out the sazae,
they also visit the pool where the Awabi are being kept in.
In the water,
they put them in baskets like the one in the photo.
The shorter they are in the basket,
the easier it is to pick them up.
But after a few weeks, they stick to the basket and
it becomes hard to separate them from it XD
Tamaki san tries removing one but he can’t!
They do this to help the awabi become strong again and
go back to the condition they had before being caught.
Then they talk about how the water coming from the mountain
gets mixed with the sea water and helps the process with
making the water sea become more refreshed.
Then Tamaki san says that it must be a rare thing
in other cities of the country.
And Watanabe san says that he has traveled all over the country
and he can say that there is no other place with the same condition!!
Now taking the fresh awabi from the baskets in the water,
Watanabe san invites Tamaki san to visit their house
and eat the awabi there.
So they get in the car and drive home XD
Watanabe san’s mother is standing there
to welcome Tamaki san XD
She asks him where they come from…
and Tamaki san replies Tokyo…
but seems like she doesnt really care where he comes from XD
she opens her hands in the air and says
No one can deny that!
Tamaki san gets inside and greets teh family.
Then heading to the kitchen…
He takes off his over coat and gets ready for some cooking!
Actually, this is his first time removing the shell of an Awabi…
It’s not that easy…
So Watanabe san’s wife starts showing him how to do it.
He needs to put the knife in between the meat and the shell
and just keep trying until the shell is removed XD
But it’s very hard. And it needs power.
OK! Now it’s Tamaki san’s turn!! XD
He starts removing the shell.
He’s using too much power
he is now worried about the knife… XD
But he did it!!!
The shell is now removed.
Then he washes the awabi with water in the kitchen sink.
Now it’s time to cut it into thin slices with the knife
and make the sashimi!
The awabi jumps out of his hand!!!
And everyone laughs!!
He picks it up from the floor while laughing and
washes the awabi with the water again XD
hehehehehe!! That naughty awabi!!! XD
Everything is under control…
No need to panic XD Let’s continue!
Tamaki san starts cutting the awabi…
Amazingly, Tamaki san is very good at this!
All the slices are cut in the same size…
carefully and neatly…
Watanabe san’s wife is surprised!
And she phrases him ♡
Then it’s time to cut the liver part.
He needs to cut it into tiny pieces… almost smashing it!
Watanabe san’s wife explains that they mix some miso
with this and then apply it to the awabi and eat as it is!
Tamaki san says that it probably goes well with rice…
ahahahaha!!! This has a meaning… XD
Watanabe san’s wife is a wise woman…
so she says:
“We have a lot of rice prepared, don’t worry!” XD
Tamaki san thanks her with a happy face!!
Finally it’s time to eat!!
But Tamaki san is wondering where he should start from XD
Then he decides to start with the awabi he prepared by himself!
After taking a bite…
Tamaki san says that it’s tasty!!
His eyebrows always jump up
when he actually likes the taste XD
While going for some rice,
Watanabe san’s wife exoplains to him that awabi is
good for people who has been under a surgery
or something like that.
It is said that it helps the injuries get healed faster.
And Watanabe san also says that the people living around here,
bring awabi as a gift for people
who has been under a surgery
or for women who have given birth.
Again with a super happy expression on his face,
Tamaki san goes for the soup!
The fish inside is Kinme… expensive and luxurious!
Tamaki san drinks some soup and closes his eyes…
His face becomes even happier!!
Watanabe san is happy too…
says that it looks like they are watching a commercial!!
But Tamaki san insists that it really is tasty!
Another sip of the soup and the happy eyes again XD
Watanabe san says that he’s a real pro in eating deliciously!!
hahahaha!! NO! It really is delicious!! XD
Then going for the huge shrimps…
Taking a bite and he closes his eyes again XD
“It’s really perfect!” he says.
The couple explain that they always eat from
their own company’s products so that they can
be able to introduce it to the customers properly.
After leaving the kind Watanabe family,
Tamaki san goes back to the port again
and stands there in front of the blue ocean!
He says that the port may be small and compact in size…
but it’s a place which has been the target of
many penetrations before…
and it should be under strict protection as well!
It’s very rustic, he says!
The sea water is clear…
It must have taken the nature
thousands of years to create this landscape
as the way it is now…
It is rustic and simple, but nostalgic at the same time.
A place surrounded by the nature,
where you don’t really feel the presence of the human beings.
It kinda makes you feel relaxed!
But thinking about how it’s located
in the the Pacific ocean side,
and not that far away from Tokyo…
makes you think of it as a New Discovery!
This place called the Ubara port,
with all the stories and it’s natural landscapes…
is picked as the
kokoro no hikyo #11
by Tamaki Hiroshi!
It’s already dark outside but the journey has not ended yet!
Next place Tamaki san is heading to,
is a small sake brewing company.
He gets inside and is gauided to where they
do the fermentation process!
Then the staff show him how they should mix it once in a while.
Tamaki san asks if it needs
too much power and the man says yes!
And then asks him if he wants to try it out XD
They both laugh and
Tamaki san holds the stick in his hand and
starts mixing the contents.
He already looks like one of the staff
with his white cap XD
This is how they make the clear and
delicious sake in this area.
Then he is guided to another room
where he can try out the sake!
Best part of the visit XD
As the man opens the bottle,
an unusual sound is heard!
Something like the sound you hear,
when you open a bottle of Soda!
The man says that this sake has a special characteristic…
Tamaki san has noticed as well…
Judging from the sound he heard like we did,
the taste must be a little bit different as well, he says.
Then he gives it a try.
It’s true! It actually bites the tongue a little bit,
but it’s not as strong as a Soda for sure.
Taking another sip of the sake…
Tamaki san says that this will match perfectly with Japanese food.
Drinking while eating himono (Dried fish) XD
wonder if he’s expecting an offer from them…
a perfect set of Japanese fresh sea food with the sake!!
But no offer like that comes from the man >__<
OK! It didn’t work…
Let’s go to the next place!! XD
Let’s get inside and see what they make here!
This is Suzuki san.
And this is a workshop where they paint the colorful
patterns on kimono by hand.
Tamaki san asks him in what kind of situation
do people wear an outfit like this.
Suzuki san explains to him about the old tradition.
After a big catch in the sea,
this kind of outfit was presented as
some sort of a reward.
Tamaki san is going to try out one of them.
“bakagai” is what’s written on it XD
Tamaki san laughs when he notices the word!
baka means stupid and kai or gai means shellfish XD
But well, this is just the name of a shellfish
being caught around this area.
Tamaki san tries the kimono on…
But suzuki san laughs and says that he’s too tall…
the kimono looks a little bit short on him XD
It’s different from a normal kimono.
The back is the main part with the most details.
Tamaki san says that he already feels
the “Good Luck” wearing this outfit! XD
In the old days,
when going back home after a big catch in the sea,
they used to have these flags with the same kind of pattern
on their sailing boats as a way of letting everyone know
about their good catch!
A tradition which has almost faded out
and doesn’t exit these days.
Now they mostly consecrate on the outfits.
This tradition was also brought to Shizuoka and Aomori
from this area in Chiba.
Now Tamaki san is going to take the challenge of making a print!
The one teaching him is Suzuki san’s son
who will be taking the business after his father.
First they draw the outlines with a glue made by glutinous rice.
Then they apply the color on top…
and after the painting is done, they remove the glue
and the outlines will be appearing in white color.
The template has already been prepared.
Tamaki san has to apply the colors…
Tamaki san starts working on the painting…
and while doing that, he asks Suzuki san’s son:
“Watching your father working in this field,
what made you decide to follow after him
and do the same job?”
The young Suzuki san explains
that he didn’t really like this job to begin with.
He’s been watching his father since he was a child,
and he knew about the difficulties
they had to face everyday.
So he decided to find a stable job
and started looking for one
after graduating from college.
But it was around the same time when his grandfather
who was the 2nd generation in the shop,
has suddenly passed away.
And that’s when he started to think about who else but him
can run the business after his father…
But he had already found a job and
he didn’t know what to do anymore…
So he decided to get away from everything
and left the country for a trip to America,
all by himself… for 2 months!
During his journey,
there was a time when he visited
a private art gallery in Monterey…
And guess what he found?!!
One of his late Grandfather’s works
was there among the paintings!
“A coincidence?” Tamaki san asks.
Yes! He replies!! Totally by chance!!
He took this as a sign…
He said NO to the job offer
as soon as he came back to japan,
and started working in this field
to run his family business
and do the same job as his grandfather used to do!
Tamaki san smiles and says that his
grandfather should be happy as well…
But the young Suzuki san says that he regrets the fact
that he was not being able to let his grandfather know
about this decision before his death.
What a beautiful story ^^
A tradition being kept preciously for years…
and now passing to the next generation!
Hearing such a wonderful story…
Tamaki san did his best,
trying to finish the painting
with respect for the hard work
they do everyday to keep the tradition alive.
And here’s the finished work!!
a cute and meaningful design!
The dancing tai
(A type of fish being eaten on a celebration)
Hope it brings happiness and good fortune for Tamaki san,
and all the staff members working
on this amazing documentary series!
Now the best shot taken by
Tamaki Hiroshi in katsuura!
And that was all for his journey in Chiba!!
Hope you could enjoy it as much as I did ^^
Next is a journey to Okuchichibu in Saitama perefecture
Challenging Wood-chopping?! XD
Meeting people for the first time…
A lot more to discover with Tamaki Hiorshi ^^
So please stay tuned!
Have a great time and see you soon!
bai bai ヾ(｡･v･｡)
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