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Sake drinking tips – oh, but you masu

Gunosy has an article on one of the traditional vessels for drinking sake – the masu. If you’re having beer, you choose a beer glass. Wine? A wine glass. Sake? Could be one of several things, chosen to the suit… Continue Reading →

Brew your own sake

Niconico News covers the release of new home brew kit – for sake. Most of the first paragraph is taken up with a public service announcement that home brewing is illegal in Japan and so the kit is for use… Continue Reading →

Yamaguchi domestic and international sake exports rising

The Nikkei newspaper reports on new statistics from Yamaguchi which show a promising trend for sake being shipped out across the country and overseas. The Yamaguchi brewers’ association compiled figures for the 2017 brewing year (July 2017 – June 2018)… Continue Reading →

Dassai’s good deed

The Sankei West news site has an article on disaster-hit Asahi Shuzō, makers of Dassai, and their “disposal” of sake affected by the heavy rains in western Japan with the help of a local manga artist. The brewery lost power… Continue Reading →

3x many ways to enjoy your sake

The Value Press site has an article on gifts for the one you love if they love sake – specifically three sets of cups and glasses. The first is a set of white porcelain vessels from Mino, a famous pottery… Continue Reading →

No need to stay cool

The Nikkei newspaper site reports on a new range of sake from the Fukumitsuya brewery under their Fukumasamune label – one that isn’t afraid to lose its cool. The Kanazawa brewery launched a new range of namazume (not pasteurised at… Continue Reading →

Between the old and the new

The Chiba Nippo newspaper has an article on a 300+ year old sake brewery that prides itself on keeping tradition alive, and a new successor who is bringing a breath of fresh air in with her. Chiba Prefecture, just to… Continue Reading →

Breweries in Sendai and Miyagi you absolutely can visit

The Sendai Keizai Shinbun reports on a new guide to sake breweries in the area that are open to visitors. NIPPON SAKE DISCOVERY – Sakagura Tourism Sendai & Miyagi was published on 24 August 2018 by the Miyagi Inbound DMO (destination management?… Continue Reading →

A memory game, but with sake

We haven’t had a pun for a while, have we. Here it comes. The Asahi Digital news site reports on a contest held in Saga Prefecture where participants test their palates by tasting seven types of sake at one table,… Continue Reading →

The rise of rice-driven styles

Continuing on with yesterday’s article from Nikkei Style, which digs into why the “lowly”, less-polished classifications are in the spotlight abroad. One of the three Kura Master Jury Prizes was won by Shichihonyari junmai Wataribune, brewed by Fukuda Shuzō in… Continue Reading →

It’s not all about daiginjō any more

The Nikkei Style site has a feature on the fall of daiginjō… and rise of other legal classifications in its place. The article opens by noting that many Japanese will look for the terms ginjō or daiginjō on the label when choosing… Continue Reading →

China’s first sake assessment

News site Jiji reports on the first sake appraisal held in China, with 140 labels on the table looking to increase their export routes. The “First Asian International Great Sake Contest in China” was held on commercial premises in Beijing… Continue Reading →

Summertime? It’s amazake time

The Nifty news site has an article from sake lecturer Chikako Ōkoshi on amazake – and why although it’s associated with winter today, that wasn’t always the case. Back in the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) amazake was prized as… Continue Reading →

Three guys trying to bring the true taste of sake to the world

A sake brewer, a sake retailer and an export consultant walk into a bar in Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture… well, almost. The jobs are true, and two of them did meet in a bar, but now they’re focused on bringing namazake… Continue Reading →

Nagoya hosts sake pub crawl

If you were in downtown Nagoya on Sunday 26 August 2018 and wondered what was going on, the Meitetsu Keizai Shinbun site reports on a joint event between 31 bars and restaurants serving sake in the city and 36 breweries… Continue Reading →

Update on the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles sake division

The Jiji news site has a report from the Shinto Tsushin PR media company on the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) and its new sake division. The CMB has been running for over 25 years as an international wine competition,… Continue Reading →

Local cocktails from the Kyoto coast

The Ignite site reports on a marriage of local elements – mixing sake from the Kinoshita and Yosamusume breweries in Kyotango, Kyoto Prefecture with locally grown fruit. The area makes use of its different soil types to grow different crops,… Continue Reading →

The secrets of sake’s success in France – part 3

Continuing with this article that looks at the rise in volume and value of sake headed for France and changes in French cuisine – including healthy Japanese influences – posing challenges for wine, the next topic is ingredients and flavours… Continue Reading →

The secrets of sake’s success in France – part 2

Continuing on from yesterday’s post about the rise in volume and value of sake exported to France, the article then looks at changes in the French gastronomic world over the last decade. Keiichiro Miyagawa, former taster at Suntory who then… Continue Reading →

The secrets of sake’s success in France

The Tōyō Keizai Online site has an extensive article on the popularity of sake in France, including the new Kura Master competition set up by the French, for the French, to see what sake goes best with French food. And… Continue Reading →

Sake made in Korea

The Sankei News site includes a report from travel journalist Shifumi Etō on a recent trip to Seoul and her discovery of Korean-made sake. After reflecting on changes in the Seoul food scene, including the rise of fancy “fine dining”,… Continue Reading →

Brewery releases three types of blended sake

The Nikkei newspaper site reports on the release of three sake blends from the Kazuno Meishu brewery, known for their Chitose-Zakari label. Kazuno Meishu released three blends using Chitose-Zakari as a base in August 2018. The blends were created by the… Continue Reading →

New sake lineup for ANA domestic business and first class

The Traicy travel news site reports on a new lineup for sake in ANA’s domestic first and business class. The range will be available from 1 September 2018, and includes a custom brewed Aramasa No. 6 ANA-Type junmai namazake for… Continue Reading →

Nara sake brewed from Hinohikari table rice

The Mainchi news site reports on a new sake launched in Nara Prefecture made from table rice. Running with a suggestion from Kōryō city, the Chōryō brewery based at its southern edge turned Hinohikari table rice grown to order in… Continue Reading →

Champagne producer comes to Toyama to brew sake

The Webun Toyama news site has an article on a French champagne brewer who is coming to the prefecture to start brewing sake. Richard Geoffroy has been responsible for production at some of the world’s most famous champagne labels, but… Continue Reading →

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