A Word About Rice

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

Rice is the food of Rokugan. From genmai to mochi-gomi, rice, from its heartiest to its sweetest, has feed the Rokugani people since the Fall of the Kami. Rice is, unfortunately, rarer in Broken Wave City than in other major cities. Kaigen’s Island has no vast rice paddies, and nearly all the rice which is consumed here is imported. True, Kaigen’s Island, through sweat and determination, provides a few koku worth of rice per harvest, but, a few hundred bushels of basmati and genmai from the First Rice Paddies is not enough to feed a farming village, let alone a major trade city. Even given the cost of importing rice, the demand is high. Though few heimin eat more than a few meals of rice in a year, making up the difference with fish, seafood, “sea vegetable,” and far cheaper millet, proper samurai still expect to eat at least some rice every day. The rice market in Broken Wave City is controlled and supplied chiefly by the Crane Clan, with the Mantis importing most of the other foodstuffs, millet, fruits and vegetables, and the like. Particularly, Broken Wave City has an appetite for the sweet hakumai rice, which makes up nearly fifty percent of the imported rice crop. Fish and seafood are consumed heavily among the samurai caste, especially so as time goes by, and word of the excellence of Broken Wave City’s seafood cuisine circulates the empire, and its appeal becomes in vogue. While rice is in no way as important of an import as water, its disruption could lead to discontent among the samurai class.

A Word About Rice

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