Sake News from Japan

Nada brewery draws attention with art label project

Nada brewery draws attention with art label project

You may be more interested in what’s in the bottle, but the Fashionsnap site reports on sake brewery Sawanotsuru teaming up with a number of Japanese artists in a project to create eye-catching labels. 14 artists including shoe designer Yasuhiro Mihara, illustrator...

Sake exports continue to rise, but why?

Sake exports continue to rise, but why?

In the midst of the New Year party season, also prime time for fresh sake, Livedoor News looks at how the export market for sake has tripled in value in the last 10 years and, more importantly, why. Total sake consumption (reckoned by tax revenue) is down to less than...

Should you keep your sake below zero?

Should you keep your sake below zero?

Nikkei Style reports on a wine-style fridge designed especially for sake with the aim of keeping it at a numbing -5°C. Aqua developed the SAKE CABINET to provide ideal storage conditions for sake at home, ensuring you can enjoy your brew to the fullest. Noticing the...

A new sake pairing – with novels

A new sake pairing – with novels

The Niigata Business Journal features a new (to me anyway) sake collaboration – novels. Horoyoi Bunko (ほろよい文庫, “tipsy books”) has two very short novels set in the traditional sake production area of Nagaoka, presented alongside sake to drink while reading them....

Sake still on the rise in France

Sake still on the rise in France

AFP BB News has a brief but insightful look into the still-developing sake scene in France. (See the article for a 1 min 14 second video.) Paz Levinson, head sommelier of the French luxury restaurant group Anne-Sophie Pic, slowly tastes from a glass while picking up a...

Looking ahead to sake in 2020

Looking ahead to sake in 2020

The Yomiuri Shinbun Online has an editorial about the state of sake in 2020. The editor opens by reflecting that sake is produced all over Japan, with each region having its own aroma and flavour for drinkers to enjoy. This rich and distinctive Japanese cultural...

How to pick a pack sake

How to pick a pack sake

MyNavi News calls in sake expert Tatehiro Ishiguro with a slightly unusual request – advice on how to select a “pack sake” and his top ten of those available. Ishiguro is a sakashō (licensed/qualified sake taster) and educator. He previously worked as a manager in the...

JETRO boosting sake into Chinese ecommerce

JETRO boosting sake into Chinese ecommerce

The Japan External TRade Organisation (JETRO) site announced that 2020 will see the launch of Nihonshukan (日本酒館, sake hall) on China’s number 2 ecommerce retailer, Jīngdōng. The new retail venture will showcase at least one sake from each of Japan’s 47 prefectures....

Mythbusting added alcohol in sake (2/2)

Mythbusting added alcohol in sake (2/2)

An article from Nomooo [“Driiink”] featured on Excite News addresses a much misunderstood topic – adding high-strength distilled alcohol to sake. (Click here for part 1 of the article.) The article also points out that adding jōzō alcohol is not particularly new. It’s...

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