Japan's latest wine trend is only natural

| Jan 11, 2013

Japan's latest wine trend is only natural

by Melinda Joe

It’s official: Natural wines are entering mainstream consciousness in Japan. I know this not simply because sections devoted to organic, “bio” (biodynamic), or shizen-ha (natural) wines have become fixtures in many retail shops, or even because sales of natural wines have risen around the ...

Sake-making mission: the last step

| Dec 14, 2012

Sake-making mission: the last step

by Melinda Joe

The thermometer inside the brewing facility at Shimazaki Shuzo registered a chilly 8 degrees. Like everyone else who had signed up to take part in the final sake-making session of the Karasuyama Taiken (www.karasuyama-taiken.jp), I was dressed for work — in a thin white ...

Sake brewers turn their hand to beer

| Sep 14, 2012

Sake brewers turn their hand to beer

by Melinda Joe

Taro Ishikawa, president of Ishikawa Shuzo in Fussa City, Tokyo, knows a thing or two about brewing beer. This comes as no surprise: In addition to producing Tamajiman sake, his company has been making Japanese jibīru (craft beer) for 14 years. The Ishikawa family’s ...