Natto Beans


Natto ... Fermented Beans 納豆

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From Mito : Daruma Natto

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The famous Mito Komon was very fond of Natto !

. Mito Kōmon 水戸黄門 Tokugawa Mitsukuni 徳川 光圀 .


Nattō, Nattoo, Nattoh, Nattou
is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans, popular especially at breakfast. A rich source of protein, nattō and the soybean paste miso formed a vital source of nutrition in feudal Japan. For some, nattō can be an acquired taste due to its powerful smell, strong flavor, and sticky consistency. In Japan nattō is most popular in the eastern regions including Kantō and Tohoku.

The materials and tools needed to produce nattō (soybeans and straw) were commonly available in Japan since ancient times, so the discovery could have happened as early as in the Jōmon period. It may also be possible that the product was discovered independently by numerous people at different times. The sources differ about the earliest origin of nattō. One source puts the first use of nattō in the Jōmon period between 10,000 and 300 BC. According to other sources the product may also have originated in China during the Zhou Dynasty (1134 - 246 BC).

Another story is that Yoshiie Minamoto was on a battle campaign in northeastern Japan between 1056 and 1063 and another campaign between 1086 and 1088 when one day in 1083 they were attacked while boiling soybeans for their horses. They hurriedly packed up the beans, and did not open the straw bags until a few days later, at which time the beans had fermented. The soldiers ate it anyway, and liked the taste, so they offered some to Yoshiie, who also liked the taste.

One significant change in the production of nattō happened in the Taisho period (1912 - 1926), when researchers discovered a way to produce a nattō starter culture containing Bacillus natto without the need for straw. This greatly simplified the production process and enabled more consistent results.

It is often said in Japan that nattō is good for health, and these claims can be backed by medical research.
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nattokinase ナットキナーゼ enzyme of natto
good for your health, especially the joints of the knees when getting older.
People in Mito have much less knee problems !!


We eat natto almost every day!
There are quite a few brands with Daruma lately, mostly with the slogan:

nebarizuyoi, be sticky like natto!

nebarikatsu, be sticky and win !

Gookaku Daruma 「合格だるま」 from Takano Foods
To Pass the Examinations !


With Daruma from Shirakawa
福島・白河の だるま納豆

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A brand from Hokkaido,
Hakodate Daruma Natto

函館だるま 経木納豆

. http://www.rakuten.co.jp/darumahonpo/


Kokeshi Natto 納豆こけし Wooden Dolls

source : zenmaitarow

黒石こけし納豆 From Kuroishi town


Natto Dishes 納豆料理

nebari donburi ねばり丼 sticky food on rice
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with okura, tororo grated mountain tubers, ikura salmon roe, nameko mushrooms, sticky konbu seaweed and on top of it Natto with an egg of a quail.

karaage nattoo, kara age nattoo 唐揚納豆 deep fried natto

nattoo chaahan 納豆チャーハン fried rice with natto

nattoojiru, nattoo jiru 納豆汁 miso soup with natto

nattoo karee 納豆カレー curry with natto

nattoo omuretsu 納豆オムレツ omelette with natto

nattoo tenpura 納豆天ぷら tenpura from natto
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nattoo tenpura soba 納豆天ぷらそば
buckwheat noodles with natto tenpura


. nattoobachi 納豆鉢 bowl to stir natto .

It has a handle to hold it firm, a round bottom to stir the beans, is big enough to add some topping and has a sprout to pour the mix on a bowl of rice for breakfast.

They are made by various potters, especially in Kasama.


Natto from Mito
I had stopped by natto restaurant Tenmasa for a nebari donburi (sticky rice bowl) lunch. This item, which is definitely in the running for the title of the world's slimiest dish, consists of toro imo (grated mountain tuber), okra, salmon roe, nameko mushrooms, a type of kombu (kelp) and natto garnished with a raw quail's egg placed atop a large bowl of rice.

Many foreigners here can never get used to the stuff. "It's fetid, slimy and visually repellent," a lady friend from the U.K. once exclaimed to me. In its defense, I would just add that natto is an inexpensive, healthy food that lends itself to a variety of preparations. For about ¥80 for a 50-gram pack, natto boasts around eight grams of protein and only 100 or so calories, making it far cheaper and healthier than animal protein. Incidence of stroke is said to be statistically lower in parts of Japan with high natto consumption.

Before heading for home, I stopped by the Tengu Natto factory 水戸天狗納豆
five minutes from Mito Station. I also toured the small museum upstairs, which, along with panels introducing the company's history, features an exhibit demonstrating traditional natto-production methods.
source : japantimes.co.jp

納豆展示館 Natto Tenjikan Museum
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nattongu  なっトング tongue to grab natto,
like an open spoon to eat easily.


natto - kigo for winter

. Matsuo Basho 松尾芭蕉 - Archives of the WKD .

nattoo kiru oto shibashi mate hachi tataki

wait awhile
cut the soybeans to the sound
of monks beating bowls

Tr. Tr. Reichhold

hold for a moment
the sound of slicing soybeans
bowl beating

Tr. Barnhill

According to Jane Reichhold,
"'Nattoo' is a traditional food made from fermented soybeans. Finely chopped onion leaves, mustard greens, and seaweed were often added to the soybeans."

the sound of chopping
fermented soy beans stops for a while -
Hachitataki ritual

Tr. Gabi Greve

Natto is part of the daily food in Buddhist temples and monasteries. Chopped natto can be added to a soup. So the meaning is
"Since it's during a ritual of hachi tataki (beating a bowl/bowls),
please wait for cutting natto for a while."
Thanks to
- : Yoshiko McFarland

Hachi Tataki 鉢叩 鉢敲, 鉢扣 
First yearly Memorial Service for Kuuya Shoonin
. Kuya Shonin, (903-72) 空也上人 .
kigo for the New Year

With another haiku by Basho.


source : shigoto-creator.com - いずみ朔庵

nattoo uri 納豆売り natto vendor in Edo

He was the earliest in town every morning,
waking everybody with his loud shouting.

nattoo no ato kara batta bata to kuru

after the natto vendor
they come out making noise (on the road)
pitter patter pitter patter

Natto was sold only in winter on the streets of  the early Edo period. But during the end of the Edo period it was also sold in summer.

nattoo o tataki-akiru to haru ga kuru

just when I get fed up
with chopping natto beans
spring is coming

source : rim27.exblog.jp

They hacked and chopped the natto beans into small pieces and sold them like that (tataki nattoo 叩き納豆) for people to prepare a fast soup for breakfast (nattoo jiru 納豆汁).

. Doing Business in Edo  江戸の商売 Food vendors .


natto Yokai Monsters 納豆妖怪いろいろ
and more food yokai monsters
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Gabi Greve - Buson said...

Yosa Buson

asagiri ya muro no ageya no natto jiru

morning mist -
the Natto soup at the brothel
of Muro

Tr. Gabi Greve

More about Buson and the ladies . . .

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

natto served in a kyogibune 船納豆

kyoogibune, kyōgibune 経木舟 kyogibune
boat from paper-thin sheets of wood

The boat for serving food is made from matsu, sugi or hinoki pines.

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Natto kanban with a Tengu !

Gabi Greve said...

Kobayashi Issa

‪nattô to onaji makura ni neru yo kana‬

my natto shares‬
‪my pillow...‬
‪my night's sleep‬

Tr. David Gerard

Gabi Greve said...

Larry Bole wrote on facebook :

Issa liked natto! The following haiku are translations from David Gerard Lanoue's Issa translation website:

warazuto no nattô keburu hotabi kana

straw-wrapped natto
little wood fire

asa-asa ni haninmae no natto kana

morning after morning
just a half portion...

nattô ya ichininmae ni haru-baru to

for a full portion
traveling far

ariake ya nattô hara wo miyako made

for a bellyful of natto
a trip to Kyoto

saga yama ya nattô shiru to n-me no hana

Mount Saga--
with the natto soup
plum blossoms
(Lanoue's comment on this haiku: "The plum blossoms aren't a picturesque vision blooming on the mountain; they're being eaten along with the nattô. Since the season is winter, the blossoms must be dried. ")

nattô to onaji makura ni neru yo kana

my natto shares
my pillow...
my night's sleep

nattô wo wara no ue kara morai keri

getting my natto
from atop its bed
of straw

warazuto ni shite [mo] kebureru natto kana

in its straw wrapper
my smoldering

warazuto no miyage mo keburu natto kana

the souvenir straw wrapper
smolders too...
my natto

warazuto ya inaka nattô to inaka kiku

wrapped in straw--
country natto
country chrysanthemum
(Lanoue's comment: "As this haiku testifies, chrysanthemums were also eaten for health. ")