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Sake pilgrimage complete with stamps

Niconico News has an article for any gotta catch ’em all types who can’t decide whether to go on a pilgrimage where you collect calligraphy from temples, or go through a list of sake breweries – now you don’t have… Continue Reading →

All aboard the Nagano sake train

The Hokuriku Shinkansen Navi site reports on a special service running in January and February 2019 in the Shinano region. The northern section of the Shinano Line, from Nagano Station to Kurohime Station, will get a special tourist service called… Continue Reading →

Sake and bacon pairing crowdfunded to 800%

The PR Times site reports on a crowdfunding initiative that raised 800% of its target – oh yes, it’s pun time – bringing home the bacon. The campaign was for a sake and food pairing experience, started by Tokyo-based Forbul… Continue Reading →

Which snacks make sake taste best?

The Asahi Digital newspaper site has an article on research conducted by Tōru Fushiki of the food science department of Ryūkoku University into a seemingly obvious phenomenon – sake tastes different depending on what you ate just before drinking it…. Continue Reading →

Brewing for zero – a look at low/no carb sake

The Newswitch site has an interview with Yōji Hata, director of Gekkeikan’s research institute, about the development of their Tōshitsu Zero (zero carb/sugar) sake. The product recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and Gekkeikan hold a 50% share of the low/zero… Continue Reading →

Sake liqueur made with grapes

The Sankei News reports on a new fruit-based sake liqueur, this time using a variety of grape. Perfect for when you can’t choose between sake and wine? Taikan Shuzō in the city of South Alps [I had no idea there… Continue Reading →

Playing more sake games

The Inside Games site covers covers a new crowdfunding campaign, this time for yet another anthropomorphising sake-as-attractive-people game – women this time. Moeshu Box [moe cuteness/emotional appeal + shu alcohol]  is a mobile social game featuring existing sake labels. Developer SMILEAXE… Continue Reading →

Cost price sake bar serves 500,000 guests

The NetaTopi site has an article on a cost-price sake bar running a special promotion to celebrate serving over half a million customers. The Nihonshu Genka Bar chain, operated by Creative Place, has an unusual business model of offering sake… Continue Reading →

Nada Gogō Go!

The Flyteam aviation community site reports on an inbound tourism event hosted by Kansai International Airport (KIX) to promote the legendary sake brewing area of Nada Gogō (灘五郷, Five Villages of Nada). The event took place on 17 October 2018… Continue Reading →

Recipes to go with sake

The Niconico News site reports on videos released by the brewers of the Hakutsuru label to promote recipes for dishes that go with their range of sake. Snacks (つまみ, tsumami or 肴, sakana) are called ate in Western Japan, referring to… Continue Reading →

How cold is hiya?

The Livedoor News site asks a deceptively simple question – how cold is hiya? The character 冷 (hiya, also read rei) by itself means cool or chilly, so it seems self-explanatory. But it’s actually not so clear, as evidenced by… Continue Reading →

Clearly a dessert sake

PR Times reports on a new launch by Clear on their sake e-commerce site SAKE100 (“Sake Hundred”). The site aims to sell premium, high-priced sake and this is their third product to date. New offering Amairo (天彩, the colour of… Continue Reading →

Levelling up – WSET sake instructor study tour

On the Sankei Biz site, Sake Samurai Coordinator Toshie Hiraide covers the evolution of the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET) foray into sake education – a study tour for newly-minted instructors. Active in 74 countries worldwide, WSET started giving sake… Continue Reading →

One sake, many labels

Niconico News reports on a new concept from the Shirataki brewery, makers of Jōzen Mizunogotoshi. Called “Junmai Ginjō My Time”, it offers six colourful labels designed by illustrator Ami Kanda that give a degree of personalisation to the brewery’s 300… Continue Reading →

Competing with beer, chūhai, sake goes strong

The Shokuhin Sangyo Shinbunsha (Food Industry Reporter) site reports on a continuing trend among alcoholic drinks in Japan, including sake – higher strength. Commenting that all the major sake breweries have their own “strong” product, the article also predicts that depending on… Continue Reading →

Gekkeikan patents fresh(er) breath from zero-carb sake

The Asahi Shinbun Digital site reports on a new patent for mega-brewery Gekkeikan – one that doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. Literally. Realising that tōshitsu zero sake (not entirely clear if it’s meant to be “sugar-free” or “carbohydrate-free”)… Continue Reading →

Seven sake spots in Kyoto

The NewsWalker site has a round-up of seven places to drink great sake accompanied by delicious fish and side dishes in Kyoto. The information is taken from the 14 September 2018 edition of Kyoto Walker. [Why yes, I’ll be in… Continue Reading →

Is blind tasting best for beginners?

The “Life Hacks for Everyone” site Dime features an interesting take on how to introduce beginners to sake – blind tasting. Why would you make beginners blind taste? For many of the reasons my favourite coffee shop does blind tastings… Continue Reading →

Critical eyes (and noses and tongues) in Sendai

The Sankei News reports on an assessment in Sendai of sake under production in Tohoku, including some critical foreign tongues. Breweries in the six prefectures that make up the Tohoku region (Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima) submitted their sake… Continue Reading →

Sake to go with three Michelin stars

The PR Times reports on a new range of sake aimed at restaurants with three Michelin stars. Louis Robuchon Abe, son of late French chef Joël Robuchon, is the chairman and managing director of Japan Exquise. The company launched a line of… Continue Reading →

Five side dishes for sake

The Hot Pepper site has a list of five side dishes that are perfect for sake, created by “Kagezō” from a list of their own most frequently used recipes. 1: Crab meat and kani-miso The first recipe is crab sticks… Continue Reading →

Beyond sake KitKat – local sake KitKat

Niconico News reports on a new type of KitKat – not only made with sake, but with local sake. As you’ll know if you’ve ever been to Japan, if you go anywhere you’re expected to bring back something local and… Continue Reading →

The state of sake in Kyushu and Okinawa

The Nikkei newspaper site reports on a new survey from the Fukuoka office of survey company Teikoku Databank, this time covering sake breweries in Kyushu, southernmost of the four main islands, and the tropical archipelago of Okinawa. Companies with total… Continue Reading →

An autumn snack to go with sake or wine

Looking for something autumnal to nibble on with some wine or sake? The Asahi Shimbun Digital [and] (w) has you covered. Cook Kimiko Hiyamizu creates dishes in response to requests from readers (and the editorial department). In the fifth instalment… Continue Reading →

Keeping traditional skills alive for the Tajima Tōji

The Sankei News site has an article on the former mayor of the small Niigata town of Shin-Onsen, who is taking up the challenge of brewing sake in his town in order to keep training new entrants to the profession… Continue Reading →

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