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A day in the life of a sake educator

Excite News ran a story on 26 September 2017 (updated 3 October) in their “Shigoto wo shirou” (understand this job) series talking about a day in the life of a sake educator.  The practice of tasting in Japan is called… Continue reading →

Light-proof bottle for namazake

Mynavi News reported on 27 September 2017 that the “complex PET bottle” developed by Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) from their light-blocking functional barrier film has been adopted as a namazake container by the Pressurised Namazake Consortium. The bottle… Continue reading →

Sake Day 2017: State of the industry 

The Page, a Japanese news site dedicated to “making the news you’re interested in easy to understand”, has a report from Yuusuke Iguchi on how the brewery who produce the Kubota brand are trying to overcome the decline in sake… Continue reading →

Where is the birthplace of sake in Japan?

According to K. Masami of Rocket News 24, there are two competing candidates for the birthplace of sake in Japan: Nara, or Itami in Hyogo Prefecture.  Nara’s claim to be the origin of sake rests on the tradition of brewing… Continue reading →

Fukugao sake aged in whisky barrels

Sakekaeru (a pseudonym), a reporter writing for News47 (Japanese) visited the Niigata Sake Fair and stumbled across Fukugao’s sake aged in whisky barrels. The tag on the neck of the bottle advises drinking it on the rocks or diluted with hot… Continue reading →

Five new Sake Samurai

Sankei Biz reported on the inauguration of five new Sake Samurai in Kyoto on 6 October 2017. The title of “Sake Samurai” is given by the Junior Council of the Japan Sake Brewers Association to individuals who champion sake and Japanese… Continue reading →

Does sake increase collagen?

University Journal Online (Japanese) reports that joint research by the Applied Bioscience Department, College of Bioscience and Chemistry, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) and a research group at Syata Brewery have shown for the first time that an umami compound called… Continue reading →

The scent of sake

PR photo from atpress/SOCIALWIRE Co., Ltd. As well as being (World?) Sake Day (Tengu Sake has a great explanation), 1 October is apparently Perfume Day. Japanese perfume company J-Scent, already known for its houji-cha roasted green tea and rikishi (sumo… Continue reading →

Is it a kir? No, it’s a cassis sake

Image from @S Shizuoka Shinbun In an interesting variation on a kir (crème de cassis blackcurrant liqueur with white wine), freshly produced shinshu junmai sake made by the Shidaizumi brewery with locally grown Yamada-nishiki rice has been infused with blackcurrants grown at… Continue reading →

Which Japanese prefecture has the best local sake?

Welcome to the first post in my new project, reviewing Japanese news about sake! Survey site Sirabee (a loosely romanised version of the word for “research” or “find out”) asked 1,151 Japanese men and women aged 20-60 which prefecture they thought… Continue reading →

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