Do girls just wanna have weaker sake?

| Apr 13, 2012

Do girls just wanna have weaker sake?

When it comes to sake, I consider myself something of a traditionalist. If anything, my tastes veer toward the masculine: I tend to favor ricey, muscular styles like kimoto and yamahai over a delicate daiginjō. Funny, then, that I should find myself enjoying a ...

Tohoku's sake breweries one year on

| Mar 9, 2012

Tohoku's sake breweries one year on

The narrow, winding road that leads to Senkin Shuzo, a small sake brewery in the tiny town of Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, is icy and treacherous. The train lines that used to connect Iwaizumi to Morioka, the nearest major city, were closed after landslides dislodged ...

New to sake? Here's where to start

| Feb 10, 2012

New to sake? Here's where to start

“Is it always this crowded?” I ask a happi-coat-clad clerk at the Meishu Center sake shop in Hamamatsucho, as she pours me three glasses of sake from hefty, 1.5-liter isshōbin bottles. “Well, it depends on the day, but Friday nights are usually busy,” she ...

Raise a sake cup to Chinese New Year

| Jan 13, 2012

Raise a sake cup to Chinese New Year

I’ve already started planning my dinner menu for the Chinese New Year on Jan. 23. Like many Chinese people around the world, I look forward to the lunar New Year with great excitement. My love of this holiday has nothing to do with dragon ...

Local brewery brings sake to Toronto

| Nov 11, 2011

Local brewery brings sake to Toronto

Toronto’s Distillery District, located on the site of the now defunct Gooderham & Worts Distillery (which was once the largest whisky producer in the world), is a charming enclave of restored brick buildings housing upscale boutiques, cafes and galleries. When Ontario Spring Water Sake ...

Foreign volunteer group helps brewers to rebuild

Sep 30, 2011

Foreign volunteer group helps brewers to rebuild

Earlier this month, a group of 18 international volunteers participating in a cultural exchange program got a crash course in sake production at breweries in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. The program, organized by Britain-based student organizations Action for Japan UK and the Japan Affairs ...

Sake circle raises a glass for Tohoku victims

Sep 30, 2011

Sake circle raises a glass for Tohoku victims

A buzzy atmosphere of excitement hung in the air as sake fans lined up for the Wa ni Naro Nihonshu charity sake tasting last Friday afternoon. As attendees streamed through the front doors of Tokyo Dome City’s vast Prism Hall, gasps of astonishment mingled ...

Food fest organizers aim to 'cheer up' Japan

Jul 29, 2011

Food fest organizers aim to 'cheer up' Japan

Shady groves of fragrant trees, crisp alpine breezes and charming European-style villas — heat-addled Tokyoites hardly need more reasons to visit Karuizawa in the summer; this quiet town in Nagano Prefecture has long been a popular holiday destination for those looking for an escape ...

Sake sisters are brewing it for themselves

| Jul 29, 2011

Sake sisters are brewing it for themselves

For most of its thousand-year history, sake has been a man’s world. Even as recently as 30 years ago, women were forbidden to enter some breweries, but today’s pioneering lady brewers and brewery heads are teaching the industry to embrace its feminine side. As ...