Have you watched the documentary, "Jiro : Dreams of Sushi"? We have.
Recently my cousin asked us to call to make reservations at Sukiyabashi Jiro's for his BIL.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to make reservations for them, they ask that the people dining make their own reservations, or the hotel you are staying at make the reservations for you.
Afterwards, I asked my cousin what had happened and he said that his BIL and family were able to dine there...whew!
Anyway, while I was looking at Sukiyabashi Jiro's website, there was a recipe for pickles, so I scribbled it down.
3.5 tablespoons sugar
300 milliliters water
300 milliliters rice vinegar
1.5 tablespoons salt
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic (optional)
Heat liquid until salt & sugar melt and pour over your favorite veggies.
After it is cooled, refrigerate.
NOTES: actually the recipe is so that you can use the vinegar on his online shop to make the pickles.
I left out the chili & garlic, and made only half the liquid.
This was puckery but we enjoyed it.
He suggests pickling myoga (Japanese ginger), so I might give that a try when it is in season.
I am glad I tried this and would make it again.