Sake News from Japan

New York sake and nattō

New York sake and nattō

Abe Kasumi writes an article for Yahoo Japan News addressing what she calls the growing phenomenon of “Japanification” of food and drink in New York. The city already has Uniqlo, Daiso and Japanese beauty brand shops, but the trend is particularly visible in the...

The future of sake – in department stores?

The future of sake – in department stores?

Small but innovative sake chain Mirai Saketen is teaming up with Asahi Shuzō, makers of Kubota, to open a sake bar and shop inside the PARCO department store in Shibuya. The Mirai Saketen/KUBOTA SAKE BAR opens in the Chaos Kitchen restaurant floor on 22 November 2019....

Sake Day in Japan – Nihonshu Go Around

Sake Day in Japan – Nihonshu Go Around

Happy Sake Day! There are loads of events large and small happening all over Europe and the US, so I hope you have enjoyed, are enjoying or will enjoy one. Kanpai! What do the Japanese do for Sake Day? One celebration is the Nihonshu Go Around (abbreviated to NGA), a...

Scrutinising calories in sake

Scrutinising calories in sake

Pen Online features a series called Rules of Japanese Sake Men, illustrated posts about sake by author Shinji Ōta. In episode 19, he takes the long way round by starting with the name of the new Yamanote Line station opening in 2020 between Tamachi Station and...

Fukushima ginjō still going strong

Fukushima ginjō still going strong

The Fukushima Prefecture Minyu Newspaper site Minyu Net reports that the quantity of ginjō-grade sake shipped out by the prefecture increased in 2018 for the fourth year running, which it credits to its status as best in Japan for six years in a row. Analysis by the...

4 not-so-simple steps to choose a sake

4 not-so-simple steps to choose a sake

GetNavi Web proposes a simple four-step process to choose sake with confidence at an izakaya… which true to sake form ends up being not so simple at all as they stray off into lots of detail. But let’s see how far it can take us, and what the Japanese media are...

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...

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