Sake News from Japan

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...

The secret of Heiwa Shuzo’s success – people, and teamwork

The secret of Heiwa Shuzo’s success – people, and teamwork

Saiko Fukushima interviews Norimasa Yamamoto of Heiwa Shuzō for Nikkei Business, hot on the heels of their December win of Sake Brewery of the Year – the first brewery to win it twice after they won it in 2019 – and Champion Sake for Kid Muryōzan junmai ginjō in the...

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