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Kate-meshi means boiled rice mixed with vegetables and other ingredients. Mixed ingredients, including vegetables, mountain herbs, and tree nuts, were called “kate.” When it remained cold during the summer and the harvest was small, the percentage of rice dropped and that of kate gradually increased. When even less food was available, the paste made by extracting starch from bracken roots (root cake) was also eaten.
Tools for making kate-meshi (boiled rice mixed with vegetables and other ingredients)
A tool used to chop up vegetables, such as Japanese radish, to put in kate-meshi
A tool used to boil and scoop radish or other vegetables from the pot to mix in kate-meshi
Tool to make bracken root cake
Roots were hit and crushed.