Traffic News reports that the Kodama Sakeba Kikō column in the Tōkaidō/Yamagata Shinkansen first class (Green Car) on-board magazine Hitotoki is being published as a collected edition in its own right.
The Kodama is the all-stopping service on the Tōkaidō bullet train line, and the Kodama Sakeba Kikō chronicles visits to sake bars at every one of the 35 stations along the route.
It took three years for the column's writer, Satoshi Ōtake, to document his travels from Tokyo to Hakata and the articles are now being published in collected format with some new content. Ōtake has also written a book about drinking your way around Tokyo's Chuo Line, a loop line that circles the core of the city.
The magazine will have a Tokyo Station edition and a Nagoya Station edition, and launch events are being held for both editions at bars/restaurants in their respective stations.
The events will be held with Rieko Hayashi of the Kuramoto Hayashi Honten brewery, which makes the sake Hyakujurou (百十郎). Ōtake interviewed her as a self-taught female brewery owner who has created a successful brand. The Wedge Infinity article linked below recommends drinking it from a wine glass to appreciate the aroma, and pairing it with cheese or carpaccio.
- Original article (Japanese, Traffic News, 21 October 2017)
- Wedge Infinity report on interview with Rieko Hayashi (Japanese, 20 October 2017) - worth a look for the beautiful bottle labels.
- Kuramoto Hayashi Honten site (Japanese)