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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

At a night in the rainy season

Hot humid weather has lasted for days. It promotes the growth of fungus and often causes food poisoning. we are troubled by propagation of mold.

Meanwhile, it has encouraged fermentation technology, and we can eat fermented food such as miso, soy sauce, sake(Japanese liquor), natto which is made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis var. natto, original sushi and Japanese pickles.

Towards the end of the rainy season, some areas are hit by heavy rain every year. Warnings of heavy rains and local flooding are issued for Kyushu now.

At a night of the rainy season, some men including Hikaru Genji(光源氏) talk together a lot on the women of their dreams.
They relate their experiences with their old lovers such as a jealous woman, a shy woman, a highbrow woman and an unfaithful woman.

Although Genji is married to a minister's daughter, commuting relationships are common at that time and he has stayed at the security office in the Imperial court for many nights.

Hahakigi(帚木), the 2nd chapter of "The Tale of Genji" written by Murasaki Shikibu, includes this episode. Hahakigi is a legendary tree which can be seen not from up close but from a distance.

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