It was a rainy day and intermittently it got heavier. We have entered the rainy season and the rain makes vegetables and plants healthy although today’s rain was a bit too heavy. Today I made a homemade insect repellent using houttuynia leaves which I picked three days ago from my backyard and dried. My friend who introduced me to her insect repellent from Hiruzen in Okayama prefecture, put mint and rosemary in it as well. I could get only houttuynia and purchase traditional Japanese distilled spirits instead of gin or vodka because liquor stores in my town don’t have them. Houttuynia incredibly has a lot of efficacy and medicinal effects, for example it is good for arteriosclerosis, skin disease, sterilization, detoxification, and more. When I was a child my school gave us homework to collect houttuynia during the summer vacation and bring them to school at the beginning day of second semester. I remember a stacked dried houttuynia in the auditolliam which were all from children. School sold them to a pharmaceutical trader and got some money for our school. In order to make insect repellent, I used only leaves of houttuynia, although in the information it can be made from the flowers. I have to wait for about a month until it gets ready. If you add mint or Japanese peppermint, you probably feel refreshed. The other bottle is SHIO-KOJI (salt-marinated rice malt) which I mixed with rice malt from the local rice malt shop and good quality salt. This one will be ready after 7 to 10 days. These were my first challenges. Well, I am excited to see the result.