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Hoshigaki is the Japanese art of drying persimmons. DeepCraft has just undertaken the beautiful task.

Ene recently discovered the Japanese art of Hoshigaki, a technique of drying fruit by a combination of open-air hanging and hand massaging. The fruit is picked before it fully ripens, with a section of branch left attached, then it is peeled and hung for several weeks, gently squeezed daily after a skin develops; the massaging brings out the sugars. Our studio is rimmed with drying persimmon, adding to the season’s festive atmosphere.

6 thoughts on “Hoshigaki

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Japanese come up with beautiful crafts with natural materials indeed. But I think this is one craft I’ll leave alone; persimmons are hard to come by in the Midwest, that if I perchance manage to come across a case at my local Costco or Asian grocery, my kids and I will gobble them up before they even have a chance to become art.

  2. Lisa says:

    My mom used to make these every year! She’d store them in the freezer while they’re still a tad pliable or slice them and preserve them in a jar with yuzu (citrus) rind and bit of soju (enough to coat and dampen). YUM!

  3. Liz says:

    I’ve been staying with my grandparents in Japan over the last week, and we see trees bearing these fruits all over the place! This would have been a great craft if I were staying longer…

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