The Minyu Net site has a report on a small celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Boshin Civil War, namely a special edition 300 ml bottle of sake on sale from JR East in Tohoku.
The conflict was part of the Meiji Restoration, where social changes and pressure from other countries prompted the end of shogunate rule in Japan and a “restoration” of Imperial power, although that was more or less in name only.
Only 2,000 bottles will be initially available from 10 August 2018. This is the third in a series of commemorative bottles, with previous ones featuring Saitō Hajime, captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi, and the group as a whole. The sake is made from Miyama Nishiki rice grown in Aizu, and has a clear texture and is semi-dry.
The commemoration is a joint venture between JR East and the Mori company in Koriyama, Fukushima. The 300 ml bottles cost JPY 1,000 (tax included). They will be sold at all JR stations in Fukushima, including Aizu Wakamatsu and Koriyama.
- Original article (Japanese, Minyu Net, 7 August 2018)
- Eisen Shuzō (Japanese)
- Boshin War page on Wikipedia (English, other languages available)
- Hijikata Toshizō page on Wikipedia (English, other languages available)