The story follows college student Tadayasu Sawaki (played by Nakamura Yuichi), the second son of a miso fermenter. He enters the University of Agriculture in Tokyo and soon learns that he can see microorganisms appearing to him as strange characters. Not only that, but he can communicate with the bacteria around him.

Moyashimon - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: Japanese

Status: Ended

Runtime: 25 minutes

Premier: 2010-07-08

Moyashimon - Kuchikamizake - Netflix

Kuchikamizake (口噛み酒, " “mouth-chewed sake”) is a kind of rice-based alcohol produced by a process involving human saliva as a fermentation starter. Kuchikamizake was one type of the earliest sake. Kuchi means “mouth”, kami means “chew” and zake is the rendaku form of “sake”. “Kuchikami no sake” is a synonym.

Moyashimon - Description - Netflix

Kuchikamizake has an opaque, whitish colour and tastes quite sour. It is made when someone, ideally a virginal girl, chews cooked rice and then spits the resulting liquid into a container. The resulting mixture is then left to ferment, with the enzymes from the chewer's saliva breaking down the carbohydrates in the rice to produce the alcohol. Prior to the eighth century, perhaps the most widely made rice wine was hitoyozake (一夜酒) or so-called overnight sake. This was made by allowing cooked rice or rice gruel to ferment naturally. Some islands in Okinawa still held religious rituals involving chewed sake until the 1930s. Kuchikamizake is not considered the origin of nihonshu because of the differences of their times introduced to Japan, brewing methods and cultures.

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