Two days before our scheduled departure from Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture, the members of the Ehime Overseas Cooperative Association (EOCA) threw a farewell party at Ana Hotel, our home away from home for the past 9 days. Check this hotel out right here.
As a token of our appreciation for their unbelievable hospitality, we performed a special song and dance number especially for them. Actually, we’ve rehearsed this piece countless times already. So we felt that we could actually do this in our sleep.
Great friends, good food… What more could you possibly ask for?
Soon after performing that ritual, I learned that Japanese farmers considered the mortar and pestle as their most prized possessions until about the introduction of the rotary quern during the 18th century. They used this piece of equipment not only for milling but also to make delicious rice cakes for ceremonial purposes.