Sake News from Japan

Gifu brewery gives away sake brewed for Olympics

Gifu brewery gives away sake brewed for Olympics

Yahoo Japan News covers a story in Asahi Shimbun Digital about a 150 year old Gifu sake brewery who found themselves at a loss… but turned it into a gesture of support for their community. Watanabe Hisanori, kuramoto [蔵元, owner] of Watanabe Shuzōten in Hida City, had...

Seasonal recipes to enhance autumn sake

Seasonal recipes to enhance autumn sake

Yahoo Japan News covers an article from Walker Plus on what might be a slightly premature celebration – but who can refuse some mouth-watering autumn side dishes to go with sake? The article focuses on Kubota Senju (ginjō) from Asahi Shuzō in Niigata Prefecture [not...

One boy band performer meets rice from one field and a Kyoto brewery

One boy band performer meets rice from one field and a Kyoto brewery

It’s not unheard of for musicians or actors to team up with breweries to promote sake, and local news site Agara Kii Minpo reports that Tachibana Kenchi of wildly popular Japanese groups EXILE and EXILE THE SECOND is doing so for the second time with popular and...

Hakodate, Hokkaido gets first sake brewery in over 50 years

Hakodate, Hokkaido gets first sake brewery in over 50 years

Yahoo Japan News covers a story from the Hakodate Shimbun Digital on Hakodate, Hokkaido getting its first sake brewery in 54 years thanks to a collaboration between Kamikawa Taisetsu Shuzō and a local technical college. Kamikawa Taisetsu, headquartered in Kamikawa in...

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...

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