Aug 13, 2014

Taste for things Japanese attracting more U.S. tourists

For the first time in nine years, Japan will see a record number of American visitors, thanks to the yen’s depreciation and a growing interest in things Japanese, such as sake and anime. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization, 87,900 visitors from the ...

'Dream' rice expected to yield excellent sake

| Apr 25, 2014

'Dream' rice expected to yield excellent sake

Aichi Prefecture has officially launched sales of Yume-ginga, a type of brewer’s rice used to make high-quality sake. After two years of experimenting with its cultivation, 10 hectares of the rice were planted this year, with plans to expand to 100 hectares over the ...

Hokkaido brewers unearth snow-enhanced sake

Apr 2, 2014

Hokkaido brewers unearth snow-enhanced sake

Sake makers in Biei, Hokkaido, on Wednesday started to dig out containers of rice wine aged under the snow during the long winter. The freshly brewed sake had been placed about 100 days earlier in cellars carved out of snow banks. Temperatures in the ...

Fukui sake brand certified as kosher

Feb 18, 2014

Fukui sake brand certified as kosher

by Mayumi Koyama

More than a dozen sake products from Katoukichibee Shoten have been certified as kosher, adhering to the strict food standards tailored for Jewish people. “This is only the beginning of promoting sake around the world,” Atsuhide Kato, the 11th-generation head of the sake brewer, ...

Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports

Jan 8, 2014

Sake boom revives rice types as Abe eyes exports

by Aya Takada

Farmers on Japan’s west coast will sow Nihonbare rice this year for the first time in a decade as growers around the country return to older varieties to meet demand for record sake exports. Overseas shipments of sake reached an all-time high of ¥8.5 ...