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A package came today. 


2 packages of tane koji – one for rice koji and the other for barley koji. 


I ordered them about 2 weeks ago from:

Higuchi Matsunosuke Shoten Co., Ltd.

TEL:(81)06-6621-8781

FAX:(81)06-6621-2550

E-mail:koichi@higuchi-m.co.jp

URL:http://www.higuchi-m.co.jp/ 

It took a little longer this time, because I wasn’t familiar with japanese international banking practices. 2 years ago I ordered from Gem Cultures in the US and payed very easily using Paypal. Higuchi doesn’t have Paypal or such, so I had to figure out a new way. With banking information from Higuchi and help from my local bank it worked smoothly. 

Each of these packages is enough Aspergillus mold spores to enoculate 200 kilos of rice or barley, so it’s going to last me many years. This is the smallest amount they sell and probably too much for a home koji maker, but the price is very good, and the payment procedure is easy enough, so I can definitly recommend buying tane koji from them. They have a very good web site in english too. 

I’ve finally run out of rice and starter for rice koji – 15 batches should be enough for the rest of the year. 




I was out of starter for making rice koji. It came the day I set up a batch of rice for koji making. I figured I could use tane koji for barley instead. It wouldn’t make much difference really. But it came, and I did it right. 

Here I’m mixing in fresh air and breaking up clumps.  

I think I’ll make the next batch of rice koji with tane koji for barley anyway, just to see what difference it makes. I’ve done it before, but a long time ago and don’t remember any details. 

I finally got the package of koji starter (tane koji) that I ordered three weeks ago. 

  

I sent in the order to Gem Cultures (find under links in the menu) via email, and they replied very quickly with a cost proposal and Pay Pal info. Pay Pal was easy to use and seems very secure. They sent the package off immediately, but then it took about three weeks for the postal service to get the package to me. It could also be that the customs controls caused delay, but there were no signs of that. 

All in all, I’m very pleased with the service and highly recommend Gem Cultures for ordering starters and cultures from probably anywhere in the world. I have used their koji starters for years and they are excellent. 

  

Later I will order some starter from Japan to see how that goes.