It's trickier than you might expect to find a good sake bar where you can order a glass or two before sundown. Luckily, there's standing bar Sanbun to fill that gap.
Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo. A certified wine and sake professional, she writes about Japanese drinks in her Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times and blogs at tokyodrinkingglass.blogspot.com.
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Innovative sake company Nihonshu Oendan has teamed up with Yakiniku Yazawa to pair its junmai daiginjō sake with wagyu beef.
Brazilian chef Alex Atala's six-day pop-up menu for the Cook Japan Project is an innovative example of Brazilian-Japanese culinary harmony.
Cook Japan Project is a 10-month rotating chef's residency program, hosting over 30 culinary stars from around the world to foster cultural exchange and expose Japanese diners to the wider culinary world.
For two months, chef Sergio Meza will be running Bar Art-Stand out of Artless Craft Tea & Coffee, serving an ever-evolving menu of small bites and cocktails.
On a recent balmy evening, representatives from nine sake breweries in Yamagata Prefecture, clad in understated kimono, bow modestly onstage amid the glow of pink and lavender lights. The bling-drenched ballroom also boasts gold-covered walls and a bold red carpet adorned with a dizzying ...
Yummy Sake Collective has a solution for people who struggle to identify what sake they like: An AI-powered app, used in conjunction with a blind tasting, to help determine flavor preferences.
In collaboration with brewery Tatenokawa, Inc., rock band Phoenix has released the Phoenix Sake Collection to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary.
Ever since he was a young chef in his early 20s, Michimasa Nakamura has wanted to shake things up in the world of sushi. Although he cherished its craftsmanship and traditions, he felt constrained by the field's conservative way of thinking, especially in Japan, where ...
Patissier Fabrizio Fiorani was named Asia's Best Pastry Chef at the Asia's 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Macau on March 26.