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Making Japanese Plum Liquor “Umeshu”
Today I had a unique opportunity to experience a new aspect of Japan thanks to Expo House. All over the world alcohol is an interesting aspect of cultures because it also reflects particular characteristics of a country.

Japan is a country where rice and plums are abundant. Therefore plum and rice alcohol are very popular and then a characteristic in this country that dates back to the Edo Period.

I had the chance to make Japanese plum alcohol called “Umeshu”. I went with my new Japanese friend who helped me to understand some information written in papers and to make sure I understand the instructions and interesting facts about umeshu our kind instructors let us know.





The activity was held in a nice Café. There were about twelve people. My friend and I were the youngest in the group. We had a large bottle of Japanese alcohol, a bag of Japanese plums, a bag of white hard big blocks of sugar, a big bottle and a small towel.

First we had to clean the plums with the towel and with the help of a tooth stick we would remove the top of the plum and make some holes around the plums. While doing this activity the instructors were providing the audience with interesting information about umeshu history in Japan. Then we put the plums inside the big bottle and immediately after added the blocks of sugar. After that we poured the alcohol. Finally we closed the bottle hermetically. Now I have to wait for one year to taste the umeshu I prepared today. This is probably the most exciting thing. I will invite some friends to have a cup of my umeshu.

We were asked to try umeshu they prepared one year ago and it tasted really good. I was even offered umeshu bread that is a loaf of bread filled with the plum fermented in the alcohol for one year. This was quite interesting too.

We had a session for questions and answers and then everyone took its bottle. Now mine is at a visible place at my home which feels like home in Kyoto: Expo House Rozan. I am really looking forward to taste and share this product with my family at Expo House and my friends in Japan.


Pericles Alejandro Bayas Mora
Ecuador
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