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Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine that is primarily used in Japanese cooking. It is much sweeter than sake and has a lower alcohol content. Mirin is famously used in the ever-popular Teriyaki sauce. 
You can find mirin in most Asian supermarkets but as a substitute, you can use a dry white wine (or sake, if you have it!) mixed with a bit of sugar in its place (4:1 ratio).