Amazake ( direct translation is sweet sake) is winter drink that you can warm up yourself. I made it a few days ago from Sakekasu ( Sake Cake ) . Sakekasu is sort of debris of sake making process. Looks like the photo below....like a clay.
It used to be summer cold drink for nutritional support in old days. It's tasty , so you don' t have to think about nutrition,but it is very good for your body with various vitamins and amino acids.
1 pack of sakekasu ( at stores, about 140 yen. For one cup, you would need 1/4 of it.)
sugar, ginger, water
1. break sakekasu and put them into a milk pan.
2. start heating the milk pan and add 1 mug cup of water gradually.
3. melt sakekasu well.
4. when sakekasu is well resolved and it starts boiling, it is about time to put out the fire.
5. add some sugar and teaspoon of grated ginger.
You can find canned amazake at stores in winter,but I feel home made tastes thicker and better.
I am working , but taking a little brake at the moment....., so....
I hadn't read story books for a while, so wanted to read. Picked this one, written by Naocola Yamazaki. I guess the writer's real name is probably Naoko Yamazaki. She probably likes Cola and named herself Naocola, unusual name. Anyways, the story has only 5 characters mainly.
Junnosuke, who is " me " in the book. Umeda-san is a friend of Junnosuke and who is free-spirited person , his final education was elementary school, though maneges to keep the life somehow. Junnosuke is 27 year old, employee of probably big company. The story develops with the two girls working at beauty salon and the owner of the salon, Mr. Katsura. Ms. Momoi is young, but decent and has soft voice , chubby one. Eri is tall, little eccentric, sensitive girl who Junnosuke cares little. Though they never get into serious relationship. The story talks about the feelings of these young people.... movement of their mind...which is not dramatic, but something we would feel everyday. That is why I was impressed. This writer is good. Also the usage of the word. She uses some slung, some proper name....the touch of those words fit into the context casually. That makes the whole story light, yet delicate. mmm.