Kanpai! Sake through the ages

Oct 12, 2013

Kanpai! Sake through the ages

by Michael Hoffman

"A civilization stands or falls by the degree to which drink has entered the lives of its people, and from that point of view Japan must rank very high among the civilizations of the world."

Brewers set out to take sake global

Apr 26, 2013

Brewers set out to take sake global

by Noriko Kawamura

Ambitious sake brewers have turned to foreign markets in an attempt to replicate wine’s global success. Exports of sake, which is essentially a rice wine locally referred to as “nihonshu,” have been growing in recent years, and trade fairs and competition events have become ...

Sake tastings mark the arrival of fall

| Sep 21, 2012

Sake tastings mark the arrival of fall

by Melinda Joe

Sake lovers eagerly await the coming of autumn, when spring’s brash young brews begin to mellow and develop complexity. Unsurprisingly, this season is prime time for tastings, and October means sake events all over Japan. The wave of festivities kicks off on Oct. 1, ...

Jun 20, 2012

Sake makes a comeback

Japanese traditional sake had a resurgence in 2011, with drinkers consuming more than in 2010. After hitting a peak in the mid-1970s, consumption gradually fell to a third. Last year, though, saw a return of enthusiasm for sake as a way of supporting Tohoku, ...

New to sake? Here's where to start

| Feb 10, 2012

New to sake? Here's where to start

by Melinda Joe

“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 ...

Sake circle raises a glass for Tohoku victims

Sep 30, 2011

Sake circle raises a glass for Tohoku victims

by Melinda Joe

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 ...