【A Regional Study to Minamiuonuma City】
From October 3rd to 4th, 11 KIP members and 2 KIP alumni visited Minamiuonuma City in Niigata Prefecture. We had a discussion with local people and students from International University of Japan. We harvested rice and learned how to make “Hazakake” (the place to put rice in the sun) from local farmers.
・preparation for making “Hazakake”
・a tour of ice house at Hakkaisan Brewery
-MAJI-DON of Minamiuonuma City-
We had MAJI-DON which is a bowl of Uonuma Koshihikari Rice topped with special ingredients of each restaurant.
“Hazakake” is a traditional way of drying harvested rice.
We had a discussion with local farmers, workers from various industries, city employees, and students from International University of Japan. They were total of 50 people and were divided into five discussion groups.
We harvested rice with students from International University of Japan by receiving instructions from local farmers.
-Drying Harvested Rice with “Hazakake”-
We dried harvested rice on “Hazakake.”
-A Tour of Ice Room at Hakkaisan Brewery-
We went on a tour of Hakkaisan Brewery which uses ice houses to brew sake for a long period of time. The main application of the ice is usually the storage of perishable food, but ice houses at the Hakkaisan Brewery use winter snow to maintain the facility at low temperature.