The Japanese Technique for Harvesting Sea Salt by Hand

To Ryoichi Toya, salt is a treasure from the sea. He’s an Agehama-style salt maker in Suzu, Japan, and his facility is one of the last to harvest sea salt using this traditional technique that is unique to the Noto peninsula. Dating back centuries, the process begins with seawater being carried in buckets from the ocean to be scattered onto a large bed of raked sand. After it sets, the salt-coated sand is scraped off and shoveled into a tank, and the process continues from there. It’s hard, manual work. But to a master like Toya, the effort pays off in sea salt that is rich in minerals and mild in taste.

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+3 1. Judge-Jake commented 226 days ago

Uum looks like a tough life
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+1 2. krazeeeyez commented 225 days ago

#1 it's actually pretty straight forward once you get into the swing of it. Getting up at 1am, 20 minutes before going to bed was the hardest part.
Also going to sleep in the sea can be quite uncomfortable, especially when you wake up covered in sea urchins or (on occasion) regurgitated by a frisky sperm whale. apart from that it's alright.
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+2 3. ComentAtor commented 225 days ago

love that channel sux.. one of my subcriptions
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0 4. snotraddict commented 225 days ago

Why not lower the bed so the sea automatically fills it when the tide comes in?
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+1 5. thefox commented 222 days ago

His goal is to produce 10 to 12 tons of salt per year?
He could start by investing in a water pump instead of carrying the sea water back and forth in buckets.

But maybe that wouldn't be Zen enough... :|