Mori no Kuma-San (Mr. Bear in the Woods)/森のくまさん

Japanese Food
I’m talking about the variety of rice that has received the highest score in the shokumi (taste, flavor, palatability) ranking, as determined by the Japan Grain Inspection Association (KOKKEN).
I ordered 30 kg of this variety of rice, and milled it at the milling station today.
この品種のお米を30 kg注文し、今日、精米所で精米しました。

Such unmanned milling stations are here, there, and everywhere in Japan.  First, you have to put in some 100-yen coins, one for 10 kg of rice.  I put in three 100-yen coins.
こんな無人の精米所は日本のいたる所にあります。まず100円玉を幾つか、お米10 kgに対して一枚入れます。私は100円玉を3枚入れました。

Then, load your rice into the hopper.

Then, select a button of your preference.  This advanced mill has five buttons:  50%, 70%, standard (mochi rice), extra white, and clean milling (for non-wash rice).  I selected the standard button.
そして、好みのボタンを押します。この最高機種にはボタンが5つあります: 5ぶ、7ぶ、標準(もち)、上白(じょうはく)、クリーン精米(無洗米)。私は標準ボタンを選択しました。

I can’t wait to eat Japan’s No. 1 rice!

To be continued.

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