At Sol, one part of the wall is painted in magenta.
This color, discovered by Goethe, is a combination of red and violet,
which respectively are the lowest and highest colors of the visible spectrum.
Red is most heavy with long wavelengths signifying Roughness.
Violet is light with short wavelengths signifying Delicateness.
Hence, in Japan, violet is commonly used to represent the highest rank.
The words, “reason is formed by the height of culture and the height of animality” represent this ideology;
when the extremities of the vulgar and the refined exist, instead of combining both and diving it in half,
it is the intuition of going both directions simultaneously.
This is what is referred to as the Middle Way in Buddhism, meaning when exact opposites exist,
one does not take what is in the center but encloses them both.
Sol’s aim to synthesize the man-made, contemporary and western, with the natural, antique and eastern,
alludes to the meaning of the color magenta, which signifies a mixture of opposite colors.
Thus, magenta is the symbol of the Middle Way.

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製粉工場の1日の流れ。

7:00スイッチオン。

精米して、研米して、浸水させて、

コンベアーで運ばれて、


テンパリング(硬度調整)後、

胴搗(石臼杵搗き)で粉砕。

関東はロール製法、関西は胴搗製法が一般的らしく、前者は風味がいいが老化が早く、粒子が大きいのが特長。後者はその逆。
ちなみに粳(うるち)米を製粉した場合、出来上がったものを関東では上新粉、関西では上用粉と呼ぶ。両者はほぼ同じもの。


篩いに掛けた後、

完成品を袋詰め。


粉の水分量をチェック。
梅雨の時期と冬、米の保存状態、インディカ米とジャポニカ米等々でのそれ自身の持つ水分量の違いを一定にするため。

これからこの建物の横に、原料倉庫を建てます。
関わる人達にとって働きやすい状況と環境を整えていくこと、をこれからの仕事にします。