Sake News from Japan

Sake finding new fans in China (part 2)

Sake finding new fans in China (part 2)

Takashi Funakoshi from the Asahi Shimbun China office has a long report in With News on the newfound popularity of sake in China. [This post is part 2 of 2.] Of course, the current popularity of sake in China can’t be explained just by Japanese government policy. We...

Sake finding new fans in China

Sake finding new fans in China

Takashi Funakoshi from the Asahi Shimbun China office has a long report in With News on the newfound popularity of sake in China. [I'll post this in two parts.] If you ask people in China what part of Japanese culture they like, the first thing you’ll hear is ‘anime’....

Shiga looking to turn fermentation into a new key industry

Shiga looking to turn fermentation into a new key industry

The Iza site reports that a Shiga Research Association for the Promotion of the Fermentation Industry was established on 6 September 2019 to grow fermentation into a new basic industry capable of boosting the local economy. One of Shiga’s well-known regional...

Nada Ki-ippon tasting event in Kobe

Nada Ki-ippon tasting event in Kobe

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports on ten kuramoto (蔵元, brewery owners) in the famous Nada Gogō area who held a tasting event in the Kitano Kōbō no Machi area of Kobe on 7 September 2019, prior to launching their brand Nada Ki-ippon. Around 260 sake enthusiasts joined them...

For skin as nice as kōji rice – more kōji cosmetics

For skin as nice as kōji rice – more kōji cosmetics

Sanyo News Digital reports that the Miyashita Brewery in Okayama City launched a facial lotion on 2 September 2019, containing their junmai daiginjō Tenka no Shisei (天下至聖), which is made with locally developed Omachi rice milled to 20%. The brewery noticed that the...

No alcohol, no carbs, no calories – but tastes like daiginjo?

No alcohol, no carbs, no calories – but tastes like daiginjo?

The Kyoto Shinbun has a very brief report of a new product from Gekkeikan – a non-alcoholic, no-carbohydrate drink modelled on daiginjō sake. The Fushimi, Kyoto-based brewery release their new “Special Free” on 26 August 2019. It comes in a 245 ml bottle, with no...

Amazake back on trend, with tapioca

Amazake back on trend, with tapioca

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Excite News report on a new drink from specialist sake shop Kurayoshi Yurakucho, who are taking the newly repopularised “drinkable intravenous nutrition drip” amazake and turning it into an...

Some like it cool – which sake to drink on the rocks and why

Some like it cool – which sake to drink on the rocks and why

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] I’ve been going through some old news articles from December 2018, hence the recent article about heating sake, but here’s a more recent one on a more summery topic from Excite News – sake...

The past and future of sake and beer in Kanagawa

The past and future of sake and beer in Kanagawa

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] The Noma site features a long but ultimately interesting conversation between Yūichi Hashiba, 6th head of the Izumibashi sake brewery, and Nobuhisa Iwamoto, president of the Sankt Gallen...

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