This famous traditional tsukemono is pretty difficult. We’ll, it’s not difficult, the process is pretty simple…but so hard to continue, and it give us a lot of pressure like we need to mix it well everyday, or feel like I’m not good wife/mother/lady when it goes bad…
Anyway, this is true that the taste of Nukazuke has nice characteristic flavour and taste, and this is super food as the nuka bed creates a mass of microorganisms.
You may not have such feeling as Japanese but learning about this fermentation technique is very informative. Using mason jar makes a lot less care and pressure to live with this . I’m so exciting to share with you!!
Today, I would like to invite you all to the free barley miso making event!
Last year we held a free doburoku making event here at the Japanese Koji Fermentation Village.
If you go to our past post, you can find the information. Please check it out if you’re interested.
We wanted to do something this year as well, and this idea just came up in my mind.
Miso we will be making this time is a little bit different from the common miso in Japan; it is made from chickpeas and barleykoji.
This event will be a great opportunity for people…
-who have never tried making miso
-who is interested in koji but don’t know much about it
-who have made miso before but have never tried making it the traditional Japanese way.
Also this would be helpful for people
-who doesn’t feel like to make it alone
-who doesn’t have any idea how to get the ingredients and tools.
This is not a paid class, so we may not be able to provide as much details as usual, but it is a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning just about the process.
We’d be happy to push your backs if you always wanted to try it but never took the action.
If you are interested in learning more about koji, please consider taking a online/in-person class.
The flow of this event will be as follows:
1. RSVP using the registration form.
2. We will send you an email so that you can prepare your own materials and tools for the event.
3. Purchase or make Mugi (barley) koji. You may be able to buy it at your local store or make your own. If necessary, we will connect you to koji advisors in your local area. You can purchase them from the Koji Advisors.
4. On the day before the event – soak chickpeas in water for the next day.
5. Start boiling chickpeas about an hour before the event, so that chickpeas are properly boiled by the time Zoom starts.
6. Join the Zoom and make miso together!
7. Let it ferment for 3 to 4 months
*If you cannot attend the Zoom on the day of the event, later we will send you a video of how to make it, so that you can watch it and try making it yourself.
*If you are not able to get the ingredients on the day of the event, you can still participate in the Zoom. Enjoy the miso talk with everyone.
Questions? Please feel free to contact me anytime!
Here is a voice from a new member who joined us this March. The Yearly program has been started in January, but she has already made white miso many times before, and making doburoku is quite quick and easy, so I let her to catch up the program by herself.
It must have been very difficult to keep up with all the programs in March and April. Especially these two months were busy with some special event, but it won’t be every month…
I am quite happy to hear from her as she is happy with what I want to do.
I can honestly say that my first month as a member has flown by in a blur. I first joined because I wanted to make mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), and then I decided to study koji for a year as an annual member.
The good thing was that we were not only taught how to make koji and other seasonings, but we also learned about the history and origins of koji, the differences between regions, and many other interesting things.
In addition to koji, there are classes a couple of times a month on various topics such as dietary education and home care based on oriental medicine, and I enjoy having the opportunity to learn a wide variety of things.
At first, I was a bit bewildered by the fact that we had to meet every other week or every few days (laughs), but the members who were studying with us ranged from those with a lot of experience to those with deep knowledge in various fields. Wow! It’s refreshing to see the scales of information flying around every day.
Although the practical training after the online course is individual work, Shiori is always available to answer questions and give appropriate advice, and the chat group is a perfect system for sharing and giving advice.
The most impressive thing about Shiori’s style is that she always reminds us to listen carefully to the koji and to face the seasonings as if we were having a conversation with them. It is easy to give solutions and answers when faced with a problem, but let them to have a time to think so that they can think about what is happening in their own situation and find the answer, because koji changes in different ways in different areas and environments.
Talk with the koji which is in front of you, respect them, pretend that you are koji to feel and imagine what they want at this moment. I think this is the same as in human relationships, and I am reminded through my daily activities that koji is a living thing.
I enjoy making the mirin (sweet cooking rice wine) and soy sauce, and I enjoy my koji life.
Koji Flower -The Koji Academy- May Class is “Bodaimoto” and it’s running now. I combined the Japanese and English in a same group, and everyone is working with Bodaimoto so seriously.
In June, We will finally do Rice koji Making Class!! If you are interested in taking a class on Rice Koji making, please contact me at:
-Want to learn about koji in a comprehensive program -Want to start koji business in a future -Want to inherit koji culture, Japanese culture -Want to learn about our health, body and mind with koji -Are interested in the oriental medicine approach -Want to learn how to use koji for themselves and their family -Want to learn at their own pace online
This is the best learning method for those who want to learn at their own pace online.
All class runs at the Facebook group page, using chat to communicate.
Every month, we will have a theme and learn different koji condiments. The basic information is already there in the Facebook Group page with tutorial videos and documents, and you can learn at your own pace.
In addition, there will be one hour Zoom meeting every month, this is the time where we can talk directly and I can answer based on everyone’s interests and requests. I have found that this is a much better way than just listening to my basic lecture. All Zoom meeting will be recorded so that you can watch it later. Of course you can talk with me anytime through chat.
For those of you who are quite busy everyday, this program is good for you too. You can study at your own pace, and I will remind you where we are at, so that you can keep up with everything.
Here is the detail of Koji Advisor Training Course in 2023
Yearly Member（1st year/2nd year） Registered yearly(Incluing all 3 semesters）：CA$900/year
-All payments made by credit card will be required +3% handling fee. -If your residence is in Canada, we recommend Etransfer, which has no fees!
Semester 1 ーKan Shikomi（If you take only this semester：CA$400)
Preparing basic shiro(white)miso and Mugi(barley)miso
Easy doburoku, open the basic shiro(white)miso
Preparing Mirin, and Shoyu
Semester 2 – Foundation of making Rice koji and how to make sake （If you take only this semester：CA$250)
Foundation of Rice koji making-very important month!
Bodaimoto 菩提酛 – advanced level of doburoku(sake)
7月/July ー8月/Aug Summer vacation
Semester 3 – making koji using Soybeans, barley, and shoyu. Open the miso, mirin, shoyu that we prepared earlier in this year（If you take only this semester：CA$400)
how to make shoyukoji and lecture of shoyu
how to make barley koji and lecture of barley miso
how to make Soybean Koji and lecture of aka(red)miso
Mirin lecture, Osechi(Japanese new year’s dish)
This is how this program works
-Join group chat
-Join each event page that is in the semester
-Study yourself follow by “guide” – mainly watch video and take note
-submit the note(optional)
-Attend 1/month Zoom lecture
-before Zoom lecture or after the lecture, you actually start prepare the koji products by yourself.
-keep the report in the event page, I will respond your work(will be your note for your future)
-you will be supported in a chat group and ask question anytime
2nd year Program
Kyoto style white miso
(Barley) Kinzanji miso
Brown Rice koji making
Grow Rice koji yeast and make a bread
white soysauce (wheat koji making)
Haccho miso (soybean koji only miso)
For question / concern please use the form below to contact me.
I also run Saikyo-miso (Kyoto style very sweet miso) this month (in Japanese)
Saikyo miso was born in Kyoto, and pretty special as it’s really sweet, very white and creamy, and beautiful miso. The artisan of Saikyo miso put unbelievably lots of effort to make this kind of miso.
In Japan, there are lots of a different kind of miso exist which used only 3 same ingredients: soybeans, Koji, and salt. I believe this is one of the great things about Japan, that they develop so well from the same base.
If you would like to try this kind of miso, try to find the miso called “Saikyo miso” Can’t find it anywhere close to you? Maybe it’s easier to try to make by yourself!”
I always available for private lessons. Please contact me for a class detail.
Koji Flowerでは、2021年一月には２つの会を開催中。 一つは基本の白味噌講習会。初心者にはここから入るのがぴったり。