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CREATIVE BEGINNINGS: Redefining “Wa”

CREATIVE BEGINNINGS: Redefining “Wa”

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Simple. Elegant. Balanced. 

The Creative Beginnings: Redefining “Wa” Care Package provides you with the essential building blocks to create beautiful Japanese dishes. Inspired by the ancient traditions of Japanese cuisine, known as "Wa", each product has its own unique characteristic and depth of flavor.

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned Japanese cook, these special products will elevate any meal and spark creativity as you redefine “Wa”. 

MARUNAKA’S BREWING SOY SAUCE
(Produced by Marunaka Shoyu, Shiga Prefecture)

Just a drop of this premium-quality soy sauce, made using 200 year old family traditions, will add umami to your dishes. Each bottle takes three years to make with artisan brewers attending to it twice daily. Marunaka's brewing facility has been recognized by the Japanese government as a National Tangible Cultural Property.

PURE RICE VINEGAR
(Produced by Tajima Brewery, Hyogo Prefecture)

This pure rice vinegar or “junmaizu” is made from "stork nurturing rice" - rice that has been grown in harmony with the delicate local environment inhabited by beautiful Japanese storks. It has a mild and smooth flavor that is less acidic than western vinegar. 

SHIO KOJI
(Produced by Umi no Sei, Tokyo Prefecture)

Shio koji is the foundation of many Japanese foods including miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and sake. It breaks down ingredients to enhance individual flavors while adding a unique blend of natural sweetness and saltiness. Following the principles of “Shindo fuji” - indivisibility of body and land, “Ichibutsu zentai” - wholeness, and “Onmyō chōwa” - the harmony of Yin and Yang, Ume no Sei creates this certified organic shio koji on Izu Oshima Island, a volcanic island off the coast of Tokyo. 

SODA BUSHI DASHI POWDER 
(Produced by John Mung Company, Kōchi Prefecture)

Dashi in many ways defines Japanese cuisine, providing savory flavors from the sea. The John Mung Company, located in the southernmost port town of Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku Island, a hidden city with a small population and no highways or railways, hand-makes this dashi powder using 100% soda bushi, a frigate tuna local to the island. It can be used as a seasoning or a traditional soup stock.

HONTAKA SHICHIMI TOGARASHI
(Produced by Yohgado, Osaka Prefecture)

Shichimi Togarashi, or simply shichimi, is a seven spice blend which includes chili peppers, citrus and seaweed, that adds zest and heat to Japanese dishes. Yohgado is one of the few producers using domestic Japanese chili peppers, including kagawa hontaka which was the first variety to come to Japan 400 years ago.