Kentaro Okasaka

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Salt makers try to get a buzz going

Oct 25, 2008

Salt makers try to get a buzz going

NAHA, Okinawa Pref. — Masuya, a specialty salt store here, employs a “salt sommelier.” “This salt here is for preparing meat for cooking,” the apron-clad woman said as she greets customers. “Salt with an acidic taste matches tempura.” The woman picks the right salt ...

Okinawa focusing on aged 'awamori'

Oct 19, 2007

Okinawa focusing on aged 'awamori'

Brewers of Okinawa’s specialty “awamori” distilled liquor are trying to raise the profile of aged varieties to weather a recent drop in demand. Faced with falling shipments, the Okinawa Awamori Distillers Association took action in the spring to make the island prefecture “home to ...