Sake News from Japan

Why keeping the sake secret is key

Why keeping the sake secret is key

A company shipping sake from Niigata to post boxes across Japan are keeping something from those who sign up to receive a few samples every month - but they have their reasons. The Sake Post subscription service was featured in a series of articles on innovative...

Relevant to my interests – sake and coffee

Relevant to my interests – sake and coffee

The Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha Co., Ltd (Food Industry Newspaper Company) has an article about two of my favourite things - sake and coffee. The story is about a new collaboration between Maruyama Coffee in Tokyo and Asahi Shuzō in Niigata, makers of Kubota (Not the...

State of sake in 2022

State of sake in 2022

PR Times carries a press release from My Voice, a research company specialising in online surveys. They have surveyed the Japanese public about their sake consumption habits since 2008, and the most recent survey took place online between 1-5 February 2022. The press...

Kōji-based brewing to be put forward for UNESCO status

Kōji-based brewing to be put forward for UNESCO status

The Japanese National Tax Agency (NTA) released a video on 28 February 2022 explaining the country's latest bid for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status: traditional brewing processes unique to Japan that make use of the 'national fungi' Aspergillus oryzae and...

Brewing sake overseas in the time of corona

Brewing sake overseas in the time of corona

Despite the widespread problems caused by the novel coronavirus over the last two years, from my limited perspective there seems to be an increase in online activity and visibility from some sake breweries, and also in information being put out on social media and...

Sake is better with… butter?!

Sake is better with… butter?!

Love sake but frustrated by the intransience of its aroma and umami flavour? Never fear, butter is here! (No, seriously.) News site Jiji carries a press release from PR Times on a new product from Japanese brand Carnoble, owned by the company National Department...

State of sake-specific rice in 2020

State of sake-specific rice in 2020

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) released the latest version of their regular Nihonshu wo Meguru Jōkyō (State of Sake) report in April 2021, reporting on a range of factors impacting sake production and consumption. After talking about...

Demand for sake-specific rice drops perilously

Demand for sake-specific rice drops perilously

Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) released the latest version of their regular Nihonshu wo Meguru Jōkyō (State of Sake) report in April 2021, reporting on a range of factors impacting sake production and consumption. The report starts by...

Sake exports somehow kept rising in 2020!

Sake exports somehow kept rising in 2020!

The Japanese National Tax Agency, which oversees all alcohol production in Japan, released a report on 2020 alcohol exports in February 2021.  Coverage of exports has traditionally focused on sake’s long rise - increasing year on year from 2009 to 2019 - but there was...

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