Sake News from Japan

Sake made from olive yeast and dedication

Sake made from olive yeast and dedication

The Sankei News reports on the development of a new yeast in Kagawa Prefecture – and how the prefectural laboratory struggled to get it to produce enough alcohol. The new sake yeast was sampled from olives, a famous local product, and sake brewed with it was released...

2020 Annual Japan Sake Awards stopped before gold prizes

2020 Annual Japan Sake Awards stopped before gold prizes

The Shokuhin Sangyō Shinbunsha News reports on the part-cancellation of the venerable Zenkoku Shinshu Kanpyokai, the National New Sake Awards (officially the Annual Japan Sake Awards). Currently managed jointly the National Research Institute of Brewing (NRIB) and the...

A modern not-brewery looking back to the past

A modern not-brewery looking back to the past

Mayumi Eguchi (introduced as yoppa-raita/ 酔っぱライター, for those of you who appreciate a good Japanese pun) reports for Zakzak on the tiny downtown location where Wakaze brew doburoku and other things that are not technically sake. I was going to introduce Wakaze as a...

Sake from conbini? A top five to try

Sake from conbini? A top five to try

After a discussion on Twitter about sake in Japanese conbini (convenience stores) this article caught my eye. Epoch Times reports on a top 5 list of sake available at your local conbini. [On closer inspection, looks like the list is from Wow! Japan in July 2019.] Why...

Gin being made in Nagasaki again, by a sake brewery

Gin being made in Nagasaki again, by a sake brewery

Yūki Konno reports for the Mainichi Shinbun on the popularity of a new gin made by distilling sake. The city of Sasebo in Nagasaki prefecture is probably best known for Huis Ten Bosch, the Dutch-themed amusement park, or the Kujukushima Aquarium. But it’s also home to...

Japanese sake breweries asking for a helping hand

Japanese sake breweries asking for a helping hand

The Jiji.com news site carries a press release for a new crowdfunding project benefiting sake breweries across Japan. The coronavirus outbreak started to affect the country seriously in March, just as sake breweries were finishing their brewing season, and mass...

Sake pairing with candy – keeping it savoury, yet sweet

Sake pairing with candy – keeping it savoury, yet sweet

Nifty News asks a question that you may never have thought of before – is there candy that can pair with sake? There might just be. The candy in question is from Papa Bubble, a specialist company based in Spain that makes a range of unusually flavoured sweets by hand....

Buy now, drink later – storing sake at -5°C

Buy now, drink later – storing sake at -5°C

PR Times carries a press release for a new crowdfunding venture, this time aimed at helping sake brewers survive the pandemic – by maturing their sake at -5°C. It hit its target amount on the first day. The project is the brainchild of specialist sake retailer Sakura...

When even the gods are saying stay home

When even the gods are saying stay home

Sankei News and Yahoo Japan News (via Nishitama Keizei News) both feature breweries appealing to the ultimate authority to ask people to stay at home – the gods. Shiraki Tsunesuke Shōten sake brewery in Gifu Prefecture and Nakaune Saketen sake shop in Kyoto haved...

Want Japanese sake news straight to your inbox?

The translations/summaries of Japanese language news articles and other content provided on this site are part of a personal project to increase the amount of information about Japanese sake available in English.

Coverage of an organisation, product or event does not imply approval or endorsement.

All translations/summaries are © 2017-2020 Arline Lyons.

Zurich, Switzerland (CET/CEST)

+41 793 701 408 / +41 44 5866 609

arline@taste-translation.com