I am making some shiratama mochi and want to know if I have to scoop the mochi out after they rise, or 1-2 minutes after they rise:


My first thought was that I am meant to wait until 1-2 minutes after the dango has risen before scooping it into cold water, but the presence of ~てから makes me suspect that the 1~2分 is actually an approximation of how long it will take for the dango to rise.

Also, optional bonus question since the は and が differences always challenge me:

Why is が being used instead of は, and would using は instead change anything?

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When a series of actions is listed with the verbs in the ~て conjunctive form, the list can parse out to "[VERB], then [VERB], then [VERB]..."

Years ago, a friend of mine at work laughed after getting off the phone with his wife, when he realized that she'd explained her day using almost entirely ~て-form verbs. My memory is fuzzy, but it was something like,


"With [someone], we went, and talked, then [I? we?] returned home and ate and had a nap."

Here's your sample sentence:


Let's break this up.


The dango float up, and then...


after giving it another 1 to 2 minutes, then...


scooping them out in order (i.e. in the order in which they floated up), put them in cold water, and...


cool them off.

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