April 26, 2012

Kanten / Agar

(In Suitengumae.)

The stuff in the buckets reminds me of the pit of a peach -- both in color and stringiness -- but it's actually red algae. Red algae is the basis for agar, a jelly-like substance used in sweets.

If I had seen them anywhere else, I would have thought they were garbage, but the sign on the door says kanten, Japanese for agar.

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