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 ...

Top chefs keep taste of Tohoku alive

Jun 14, 2011

Top chefs keep taste of Tohoku alive

Some of the country’s most highly esteemed chefs are working together to ensure that the people of the Tohoku region are not forgotten three months after being hit by the March 11 disasters. At a charity dinner held May 31, a group of nearly ...

Sake fights fallout of Japan's triple disaster

Apr 29, 2011

Sake fights fallout of Japan's triple disaster

After surviving the double disaster of the magnitude 9 earthquake and towering tsunami that damaged more than 100 sake breweries in northeastern Japan on March 11, sake producers in Tohoku thought that the situation could hardly get worse. But when the media reported that ...

Sake lovers congregate at international event

Apr 29, 2011

Sake lovers congregate at international event

A healthy buzz characterized the atmosphere at the International Wine Challenge’s Sake Discovery Tasting on April 19. “This one is light and clean on the palate, with a bright finish,” remarked one woman, examining a bottle of Ginrei Gassan Junmai-shu from Yamagata Prefecture. The ...

Tohoku brewers: 'Drink without restraint!'

Apr 8, 2011

Tohoku brewers: 'Drink without restraint!'

Last weekend, fifth-generation sake brewery owner Kosuke Kuji of Nanbu Bijin delivered an earnest plea to the public on behalf of sake producers in the Tohoku region: “We’d be sincerely grateful if people would continue to have hanami parties (this year).” In response to ...

Second Harvest rallies support for Tohoku

Apr 1, 2011

Second Harvest rallies support for Tohoku

By 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, March 24, several delivery trucks have deposited boxes of emergency supplies in front of the Taito Ward, Tokyo warehouse of Second Harvest Japan, a charity-based food bank. Ever since the Tohoku-Kanto earthquake, which brought with it a terrifying ...

Kanto area works on energy conservation

Mar 17, 2011

Kanto area works on energy conservation

On Monday evening, customers at a Starbucks cafe in Tokyo’s Nakano ward sipped their lattes in the glow of a single row of lamps and a handful of small, battery-powered tea lights. Such scenes have become common in Tokyo as people across the Kanto ...