I spent most of the day making 'hebo-go-hei-mochi' in preparation for a local festival.
Then, at 3pm, I checked my phone and saw that I had a missed call from an unknown number. I called the unknown number, and the conversation went something like this:
'Oh, hi, how are you doing? I was calling you because we have found a giant hornet nest and so we're about to go and dig it out but we thought you might like to come along too'
To this i responded with a very (probably too) strong YES AND THANK YOU SO SO MUCH.
In the picture above Tetsuo-san is redirecting the hornets into a big bottle of white liquor. The first time he asked me 'Want to try?' I was far too busy worrying about the strength of the suit and attempting to protect my eyes. Gradually, though, I got accustomed to the feeling of being under continuous hornet attack, and I took on the task of hitting hornets into white liquor. Difficult, but profitable labour.
Here's our harvest:
Although it turns out that what they say is true: These are best eaten raw, straight from the nest.