Tag - sake



A heavily damaged sake brewery in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Jan, 12. The prefectural federation of sake brewers associations has made clear that this year's shipments are all but doomed for brewers in quake-hit areas.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 4, 2024
Quake leaves deep scars on famed Noto sake brewers
All the 11 main sake brewers in the northern part of the area have been forced to suspend their operations for at least a year.
Ryotaro Nakashima, the eighth-generation owner and tōji master brewer of Nakashima Shuzoten in the city of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, speaks on Friday about how his brewery was devastated by the New Year's Day earthquake.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 17, 2024
Future unclear for 150-year-old sake brewery after Noto earthquake
After key facilities were badly damaged in the quake, eighth-generation owner and tōji master brewer Ryotaro Nakashima is struggling to see a way ahead.
A field study by elementary school students takes place in the Izawa River basin in Shiso, Hyogo Prefecture.
LIFE / Travel
Dec 24, 2023
Unveiling Shiso, a hidden gem of nature and coexistence
With 90% of its area covered by forest, the Hyogo city boasts picturesque streams and a bounty of access points to refreshing natural spring water.
With water drawn from sources in upstate New York, new sake brewing facilities in the Empire State back by Niigata Prefecture's Hakkaisan will be producing bottles by 2024.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 12, 2023
Hakkaisan and New York brewer to produce U.S.-based sake by 2024
The water for sake will come from upstate New York, while rice will come from California and Arkansas.
A representative of Chevalier Brewery presents a bottle of its sake adapted to French drinkers' tastes.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 15, 2023
Sake fights an uphill battle for France’s wine lovers
Among many French drinkers, sake is still associated with cheap, low-quality alcohol only served at the end of meals in Japanese restaurants.
Sake master Daisuke Suzuki (right) and a staff member sort rice at his brewery in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 1.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 8, 2023
Fukushima sake brewer warms shattered fishing community
A local sake maker has returned to Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, years after disaster wiped out its brewery there.
Ethical Spirits is a venture company based in Tokyo that makes sake from discarded sake lees, or leftover sake residue.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 24, 2023
Birch, cedar and oak: The new building blocks of sake
Beverages are made from Japanese white birch, cedar, Lindera umbellata (used in high-grade toothpicks) and Mongolian oak samples.
Kiminoi Shuzo's brewery (pictured in 1904) has been a fixture of the community in Arai, Niigata Prefecture, since its 1894 founding.
LIFE / Food & Drink
Aug 13, 2023
Struggling Niigata sake sees ‘a future in Japan’s past’
New challenges are forcing Niigata’s brewers to adapt their ancient craft to changing times, a balancing act that is often easier said than done.
Chikako Utsumi holds bottles of Rose Mind at Tenpoichi sake brewer in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Aug 7, 2023
Local Hiroshima sake and beef grow in popularity due to G7
Popular sake Rose Mind has seen its popularity surge since it was served during the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 9, 2023
At Japan’s first winery, the country’s oldest grape lives on
Discovered in 1922 at Iwanohara Vineyard, the Muscat Bailey A grape may be one of Japan's great contributions to global wine.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 8, 2023
Drinking off the rails on Niigata’s sake train
The Koshino Shukura is one of Japan’s 44 “Joyful Trains” — on-rail experiences themed around a regional specialty. This particular one is about sake.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 7, 2023
Bar none: Tokyo's liquor shops are where locals start their weekends
Kaku’uchi — liquor stores doubling as bars — are trending again in Tokyo. Mara Budgen provides a guide to some of the capital’s best joints, for all tastes.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Apr 14, 2023
Noma Kyoto’s eclectic beverage lineup leaves no stone unturned
As with the food menu, the beverage program at Noma Kyoto is the fruit of long, deep and, by all accounts, highly enjoyable consideration by Noma’s head sommelier, Ava Mees List.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Jim Rion casts a keen eye on the spirit of Yamaguchi
Author, translator and certified sake professional Jim Rion puts people at the heart of sake production in his nonfiction debut, 'Discovering Yamaguchi Sake.'
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE RECIPE BOX
Feb 5, 2023
Recipe: Amazake oatmeal
You don't need to be a heavy drinker to enjoy this low alcohol-infused breakfast.
Japan Times
Jan 23, 2023
Fukushima brewer uses AI to develop sake to pair with different fish species
The brewery plans to start selling its AI-paired sake soon to boost the revitalization of the nearby coastal area.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 22, 2023
Eureka moments abound at sake sommelier Marie Chiba’s new bar
The acclaimed nihonshu maven hasn't lost a step — in fact, she might be better than ever before.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 1, 2023
First-ever Japan-led sake brewery to open on U.S. East Coast
If sake can make it in the Big Apple, it can make it anywhere.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / THE RECIPE BOX
Nov 27, 2022
Recipe: Persimmon saketini
The perfect drink to impress a discerning date after an afternoon of leaf peeping.


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