Cameo: Maniwa, Okayama Tourism Brochure

Well, I really hit the big time now ;)… If you look closely, I mean *very very* closely, you can see me in the brewing loft of the centuries old saké maker in our neighbouring region of Maniwa here in Okayama, Japan.

Background: Ryoko and I were invited along very special tour around fermented foods makers (2 saké makers, plus craft beer, wine/grappa/cheese, and miso/ vinegar/ shoyu/ koji)… along with a handful of international guests came a small legion of photographers/videomakers to document the event.

(Some of) the results appear in this lusciously-designed and luxuriously-produced brochure.

Aside: We had visited this area for Ryoko’s work a few weeks earlier, at which point I shared some thoughts about the changes going on in inaka/country areas of Japan (i.e. de-population, lack of investment, transportation links cut/reduced, so many elderly folks somewhat ignored, reduction of services in general, lack of appreciation for the important produce of these areas…) as so much of the attention and money and power is concentrated in the big cities (really, Tokyo). 

Anyway, there are loads are fantastic photos from this outing, and one tiny one appears here as a bit of a preview… (Really i will share eventually! It’s on my list but, so are a lot of other things, one of these days…) and you’ve maybe noticed of late I’m learning more about fermented foods (i.e. making pickles) with a big dream of making my own miso.

Anyhow, did you spot me? Might need a magnifying glass, like I said “big-time”. Let’s visit Maniwa next time you come to visit OK?