I'm not sure how to read their company, but it goes something like: Taichu Jitsugyou Kabushiki Gaisha (大中実業株式会社). Their store is located near Kyoto Station, about 15-minute walk. I'm not sure but I think they ship products to other parts of Japan (you can call them to make sure). They have different products-- from frozen vegetarian products (like soy ham) to textured vegetable proteins (TVP), to vegetarian seasonings et cetera.
You can check out some of their products shown in the pictures below. But that's not all they have. I didn't have time when I went there but I really wanted to take pictures of their products for my blog (because they haven't created their website yet). Just click on the picture to see the whole photo.
If you want to buy or ask about their products, you can contact them at 075-671-6022 or fax at 075-671-4531.
If you want to go to their store, the address is written on the picture on the right. I'm sorry I can't translate it for you-- I don't understand it very well. ^^;
There are three kinds of mirin but let me just focus on this one. For people like me who prefer not to use alcohol, this one's it.
My most reliable source, no less than my husband, explained that mirin simply means sweet Japanese sake.
This one I use is called mirin-fu or as written on the bottle on the left, mirin-fu choumiryou 「みりん風調味料」meaning "mirin-like seasoning". It contains less than 1% alcohol, which, as we know, evaporates when heated. So, for an added zing to your dishes but minus the alcohol-caused reactions, here's your best choice!
I use this one more often as a dip than in cooking. I've flavored soups with this, but it just tastes so wonderful when mixed with soy sauce and chili (and once, also with lemon) and serve as a dip or drizzled over crunchy tofu fry. Yum. Oh, and imagine some hot congee beside that. And sesame oil!
Aside from local markets in the Philippines, I saw this sold at amazon.com too.
Just add this to the best cooked rice you've got (preferably quite sticky to resemble Japanese rice if you don't have Japanese rice at hand), mix well, spread on 3/4 of a whole nori sheet and line up a good mix of vegetables and you have sushi!
But more than that, I love it in salad. Imagine a light, sweetened vinegar. Perfect with lettuce and cucumber.