This book is about the certain types of dishes and flavorings that you can make out of soybeans. In だいず, we learn about how each dish is created from soy step by step. During Setsubun, the Japanese throwing festival that usually occurs either every February 3rd or 4th, there is a custom that involves throwing roasted soybeans in order to prevent evil spirits from coming into the house.
I would recommend this story to students who have taken at least one semester of Japanese in college. It is for readers who want to know more about what is part of the Japanese diet. Honestly, reading this book made me a bit hungry!
I would definitely recommend this story to my third and fourth year classmates. It’s really a wonderful tale that draws you into this ancient world and makes you care about even secondary characters like Melos’ best friend and sister. Although it includes a clear moral at the end, it avoids being overly moralistic and Melos even exhibits some character flaws instead of being the perfect hero. Overall, it is an interesting and enjoyable read.