COVID-19 has spread across the world regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, and the rich or the poor. The state of emergency has been gradually lifted and our everyday life looks being back to normal.
I have thought about various things last few months.
Then I realized that we don’t have borders each other as a human family. We support each other with the nature, animals, and plants. I paused to realize that we live together as inhabitants of the planet Earth.
And under the circumstances we are in right now, I don’t want to forget the feelings of “ARIGATO (thank you)” to this situation that let me notice many things.
By the way, do you know the antonym of the word “ARIGATO (thank you)”?
That is “ATARI-MAE (normal)”.
“ARIGATO” literally means something impossible or difficult, things rarely happen, and precious. There’s nothing normal, probably.
So I decided to start loving normal everyday life again.
I introduce a homemade salt, “Iwato no shio”.
But first, I will show you a message attached to the product package. There is a phrase in it.
“Earth’s soil goes straight to deterioration by human being“
This was already written much before the COVID-19 pandemic.
It hits me somehow.
This Iwato no Shio is made of the sea water of Futamigaura which is pumped up on the full moon night. The name of Iwato no Shio is based on the Japanese mythology of Ama no Iwato, and likewise, it is said that this salt has a wish for spread new life and light over the world.
You can put the salt into water, tea or coffee.
It’s also good for nutritional support while hiking, mountaineering, or exercising.
You can use the salt water when you brush your teeth or gargle. And it is, of course, good for cooking, such as sauteed vegetables, miso-soup, and steamed rice.
If you travel in Ise, I recommend you to visit Futami Omitama Shrine first and purchase Iwato no Shio for your souvenir. Its small size is available, so everyone, any nationality, any gender, and any age, will be happy when you give it to them.
When the new coronavirus pandemic is over and travel restriction is lifted, please remember Iwato no Shio as one of your travel wish list.
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