Sake News from Japan

Flooding damages Fukushima brewery

Flooding damages Fukushima brewery

Jiji.com reports that many breweries were affected by flooding caused by typhoon 19 (Hagibis), which left brewing rice and facilities underwater and at least one brewery owner unsure if they could resume operations. While his heart sank when he realised the extent of...

Enjoy an autumnal dessert with amazake cocktails

Enjoy an autumnal dessert with amazake cocktails

Jiji.com reports that Nihonshu Bar Kuranoya in Shinbashi, operated by Globridge and popular for its café-like atmosphere, will be serving a menu of original cocktails made with the KURAYA line of “drinkable wagashi” [Japanese traditional sweets] from 16 October 2019....

New range of sake that can even chazuke

New range of sake that can even chazuke

The Merumo site has a rather enthusiastic report from writer Haruka Mano on a tasting of a new type of sake sold under the brand HINEMOS. It starts by waving the same old red flag, asking readers what they think of when they hear the word nihonshu [sake in Japanese] –...

A Shizuoka sake brewery exporting 40% of their production

A Shizuoka sake brewery exporting 40% of their production

The Tokyo Shinbun Tokyo Web site notes that Japanese food is rising in popularity overseas, and lifting sake in its wake. But one Shizuoka brewery has been looking outside Japan for much longer, trusting that the wider world would come to love Japanese traditional...

New York sake and nattō

New York sake and nattō

Abe Kasumi writes an article for Yahoo Japan News addressing what she calls the growing phenomenon of “Japanification” of food and drink in New York. The city already has Uniqlo, Daiso and Japanese beauty brand shops, but the trend is particularly visible in the...

The future of sake – in department stores?

The future of sake – in department stores?

Small but innovative sake chain Mirai Saketen is teaming up with Asahi Shuzō, makers of Kubota, to open a sake bar and shop inside the PARCO department store in Shibuya. The Mirai Saketen/KUBOTA SAKE BAR opens in the Chaos Kitchen restaurant floor on 22 November 2019....

Sake Day in Japan – Nihonshu Go Around

Sake Day in Japan – Nihonshu Go Around

Happy Sake Day! There are loads of events large and small happening all over Europe and the US, so I hope you have enjoyed, are enjoying or will enjoy one. Kanpai! What do the Japanese do for Sake Day? One celebration is the Nihonshu Go Around (abbreviated to NGA), a...

Scrutinising calories in sake

Scrutinising calories in sake

Pen Online features a series called Rules of Japanese Sake Men, illustrated posts about sake by author Shinji Ōta. In episode 19, he takes the long way round by starting with the name of the new Yamanote Line station opening in 2020 between Tamachi Station and...

Fukushima ginjō still going strong

Fukushima ginjō still going strong

The Fukushima Prefecture Minyu Newspaper site Minyu Net reports that the quantity of ginjō-grade sake shipped out by the prefecture increased in 2018 for the fourth year running, which it credits to its status as best in Japan for six years in a row. Analysis by the...

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