Shinichi Ogata

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Pinch of magic revives traditional 'koji' maker

Feb 1, 2013

Pinch of magic revives traditional 'koji' maker

Close to calling it quits six years ago after more than 320 years in business, a small producer and retailer of “koji” in Saiki, Oita Prefecture, is now thriving thanks to a flood of orders for a “magical ingredient” — a salted (“shio”) version ...