Sake News from Japan

The secret to exporting 1/3 of production? All in the names

The secret to exporting 1/3 of production? All in the names

The average quantity exported by most sake breweries is around 4-6%. So how does one brewery export 1/3 of its production? Tomoko Takiguchi reports for Nikkei Style on Rihaku Shuzō, with the article also appearing in Yahoo News.  Founded in Matsue City, Shimane...

NTA requires stocktake for liquor tax adjustment on 1 October 2020

NTA requires stocktake for liquor tax adjustment on 1 October 2020

The Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA) has announced how adjustments in liquor tax will be handled when they come into force on 1 October 2020. Liquor tax is normally paid when alcoholic drinks are shipped from the brewery or distillery, so they needed a way of...

Hiroshima sake breweries welcome virtual visitors

Hiroshima sake breweries welcome virtual visitors

FNN Prime Online reports on how sake breweries in Hiroshima badly affected by the pandemic are turning to both local and online routes to increase sales. Have a look at the original article (taken from a TV segment) to see the images that some of the text refers to....

Kikusui says, sake just wants to be fun

Kikusui says, sake just wants to be fun

GetNavi Web carries an interview with the president of Kikusui Shuzō, makers of the cheerful yellow canned nama genshu that people seem to either love or hate. Their Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori is a convenience store staple, the most visible product in a wide...

Takashima, Shiga, steps into multiway battle for origins of sake

Takashima, Shiga, steps into multiway battle for origins of sake

Yahoo Japan News carries a story from the BBC – Biwa Broadcasting Corporation! – on evidence for local city of Takashima being one of, if not the, first recorded place sake was brewed. The Shiga Prefecture city has long been associated with the legendary origins of...

Hidetoshi Nakata brings old crafts to a new location

Hidetoshi Nakata brings old crafts to a new location

Aki Maekawa reports for Dime on a new venture between former Japan national football player, now dedicated sake fan Hidetoshi Nakata and Tokyo radio station J-Wave. Their popup “entertainment restaurant” J-WAVE NIHONMONO LOUNGE is open from Tue 14 July to 6 September...

Designs for fermentation and regional revitalisation

Designs for fermentation and regional revitalisation

Kazuaki Koide reports for Yahoo Japan News on a story in the Sunday Mainichi – about what’s bubbling up from the actions of a “fermentation designer”. Hakko Department [発酵デパートメント, “fermentation department”] was opened in Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa area in April 2020 by...

One sake brewery selling low to support the supply chain

One sake brewery selling low to support the supply chain

Would you do a double-take if you saw an isshōbin (1.8 L bottle) of junmai daiginjō priced at just JPY 2,400 (before tax)? Nifty News covers a report in Nikkan Gendai Digital about this too-good-to-be-true price. The sake in question is Jōkigen junmai daiginjō Special...

Self-serve Fushimi sake flights in Osaka

Self-serve Fushimi sake flights in Osaka

Lmaga covers a casual drink-and-compare concept from a Fushimi, Kyoto sake retailer that has just opened in Osaka. Fushimi Sakagura Kōji, which calls itself Fushimi Sake Village in English, is a popular place to enjoy tasting sets showcasing the variety of sake...

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