Tokyo serves up some frozen delights

Jul 22, 2016

Tokyo serves up some frozen delights

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Ice cream and gelato has been the go-to for cooling refreshments for centuries, evolving from the Romans eating fruit-juice flavored snow to the vanilla, chocolate chip and other popular dairy-rich products we see today. But who says we have to stick to the regular ...

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

Jul 6, 2016

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

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For decades, sake (or nihonshu for the majority of Japanese) didn’t really do it for the citizens of this archipelago. Cheap, ubiquitous and made from rice, it seemed too familiar — tacky even. Older people drank it at weddings, or swilled the stuff when ...

Jan 11, 2015

Sake-based cocktails lead to new converts

Yukimi Isomura smiled after sipping a cocktail based on a traditional drink she had never liked. The resident of Handa, Aichi Prefecture, had avoided sake because she considered it dry. But the tasting event organized last month by Nakano Sake Brewery Co. has changed ...

Kanpai! Sake through the ages

Oct 12, 2013

Kanpai! Sake through the ages

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"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

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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

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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, ...