Future Spirits

Taro’s aunts called from Horyuji to say they were harvesting this year’s plums from the ancient trees in their front yard and to ask if I wanted to come pick up the resulting umeshu in seven or eight years.
Um, yes.
I can think of many stupider reasons I’ve heard for visiting Japan.

2 Replies to “Future Spirits”

  1. dude – if you can take an extra person, I’m in. My jiichan used to make umeshu – kourizato, some clear form of alcohol and lots of ume. Him and his buddies used to sit around the taru with ceramic tea cups drinking themselves into oblivion. I used to get a taste here and there. That taste remains with me today.

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