Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Pine ball in front of sake shop

Pine ball outside of sake shop
I saw this hanging from the eaves of a sake shop in Narita city. Shops traditionally put these up if they make their own sake. When the ball is first hung, the pine needles are green, showing that the sake is still new. As the sake ages, so do the branches, turning browner and browner to show that the sake is mellowing nicely.

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