“Moromitsu is a fermented vinegar made from moromi, a by-product of Awamori, Okinawa’s traditional liquor. It’s like the mash left over after distillation. Moromitsu does not contain any alcohol

Some of the benefits accorded to Moromitsu are reduced blood sugar level, lower cholesterol readings, and it is touted even helping to burn body fat. According to Japan Food Analysis Center study, Moromitsu contains plenty of vitamin B1, B2 and B6, minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and amino acids. It is also rich in citric acids.”

So, I had better get some. Apparently you can drink it at any time of day. A nice glass of vinegar before going to bed sounds good.


A bottle of Morimitsu surrounded by, Umi-budo, Goya and some fish with ham in it.

Luckily we have organized an event.


Gakiya san!

Series of talks about the science of food and a market with lots of Okinawan specialities.

Big success. The Minister for Science Stuff, who is also the Minister for Okinawa, comes and drinks Morimitsu. This guarantees funding for the university for the next few years. I also score  a bottle and some veg.

The sub plot however is that today is the best sailing day that there has ever been. Blue, blue sea and sky, 28 degrees, fresh cross breeze. I am going to miss it.

As soon as I can politely escape, I zoom home, conscious of tide going out. Will I get there before the boat dries out?


The answer is no. Work is so annoying


My Hibisci are doing very well

I am determined to take the boat out but as the sun slips below the horizon, she is still stuck fast. I take photos of the rock in front of the house.


Like a camel

HAMLET        Do you see yonder rock that’s almost in shape of a camel?
POLONIUS        By the mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed.
HAMLET        Methinks it is like a weasel.
POLONIUS        It is backed like a weasel.
HAMLET        Or like a whale?
POLONIUS        Very like a whale


The sun goes down

Little by little the tide comes back in. I heave the Scaffie to deeper water and finally we are free!


Fine wind

It is warm and very quiet. I sail.


I switch on the light

I cannot really see anything, but I know the lagoon very well. The stars come out. I steer home and even manage to pick up the mooring in the pitch dark


All in all, a good day.

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