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Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Aug 12, 2016
Sake Competition sets the standard for new enthusiasts
On July 29, Iwao Niizawa, the fifth-generation president of Niizawa Jozoten in Miyagi Prefecture, was one of six brewers to claim prizes at the 2016 Sake Competition awards ceremony that took place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo. His Atago no Matsu Tokubetsu Junmai topped the list in the contest's...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jul 22, 2016
Tokyo serves up some frozen delights
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 flavors? This summer, several limited-edition...
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 8, 2016
Yamagata brewer Dewazakura wins top sake prize at London wine competition
Dewazakura Dewanosato, a sake from Yamagata Prefecture, took the top prize in its category Thursday at the International Wine Challenge, one of the world's largest wine competitions, in London.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Jul 8, 2016
In search of 'natsuzake,' Japan's summer sake
Summer is my least favorite season in Japan. Stepping outside, the heat and humidity hits with startling force: the hot air weighs heavy on my limbs, enveloping me in a stifling and unwelcome embrace. The thought of spending the height of summer in Tokyo fills me with existential dread.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jul 6, 2016
'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education
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 they wanted to get uproariously drunk. Young...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jun 3, 2016
Ex-robotics scientist sets sake brewery's star rising
A former robotics scientist who gave up his career at Hitachi Ltd. to work for his family-run sake brewery in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, has used his acquired business skills to turn it into a rising star among makers of the traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage.
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 24, 2016
Flaws found in scientific case for moderate drinking
It is an irresistible headline: People who drink alcohol in moderation actually live longer than those who abstain entirely. Counterintuitive studies that show the purported benefits of a drink or two a day prompt flurries of bright news reports. You can hear the glasses clinking.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 26, 2016
Young guns take aim at declining sake sales
Sake in Japan is undergoing an image makeover. It's desperately trying to become one of the cool kids again. Currently the second-lowest consumed alcoholic beverage in the country — whiskey and brandy being the lowest — sake only has a 6.8 percent market share according to a National Tax...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Feb 12, 2016
For the goodness of sake: international sommeliers test their senses
Early one morning in Japan last month, Taipei sake educator Michael Ou took a deep breath as he prepared to deliver a presentation about the stages of fermentation before a panel of experts from the U.K.'s Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). It was the last day of an elite sake instructors' training...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 12, 2016
Mie sake brewers vie to be tasted at G-7 banquet
As the Group of Seven summit that Japan will host in May in Mie Prefecture nears, local sake breweries are hoping the government will select their brand to be used for toasts during the banquet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host at the two-day event.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Japan Pulse
Feb 6, 2016
Don't eat and drive with sake-flavored Kit Kats
Containing 0.8 percent alcohol, the new sake-flavored Kit Kat is a perfect way to spike your mid-day snack.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
Feb 6, 2016
Craft Sake Week @ Roppongi Hills
A view of Craft Sake Week. The woodwork was made by made by Miyagi Prefecture's Ishinomaki Laboratory. | MONICA IRELANDProduced by soccer superstar Hidetoshi Nakata, Craft Sake Week is a 10-day event at Roppongi Hills that will feature some of the best artisanal sake that Japan offers, which includes...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Jan 15, 2016
Sake workshops in Tokyo spotlight Japan's lesser known regional breweries
On a recent chilly evening, I found myself in the heart of Tokyo's touristy Asakusa district for the first time in many years. I came to visit Kurand Sake Market, a popular standing bar that specializes in the offerings of local brewers, where Chris Hughes, a U.K. sake expert who is helping Kurand reach...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 12, 2016
Kobe's Nada brewery district drawing foreign fans of sake
With demand for sake leveling off in Japan, brewers in the Nada area of Kobe are pinning their hopes on growing numbers of Asian tourists.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Dec 12, 2015
Sake industry seeking to boost flagging consumption
Faced with declining consumption of sake, breweries and retailers are coming up with new events and services and promoting pairings of the drink with new foods to attract fresh customers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Dec 11, 2015
The art of pairing wild game and sake
My friend Kanako is an ambitious home chef, the kind of person who frequently cooks using clay pots heated over charcoal embers — she would roast a whole pig in a pit if she had the space. On a recent evening, she prepared an astounding feast that included delicacies such as boar, fresh oysters and...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / KANPAI CULTURE
Nov 13, 2015
Desserts and paired sake at Tokyo's Tirpse
Last month, I surprised myself by polishing off a six-course lunch consisting entirely of desserts. As anyone who knows me can attest, I was born without a sweet tooth. However, when Naotaka Ohashi, owner of the contemporary French restaurant Tirpse, told me that he had started offering dessert-focused...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 26, 2015
iPhone app aims to sell sake to the world
An iPhone app that can recognize sake labels and display information in Japanese and English on everything from alcohol content to recommended ways of drinking the rice wine has been released.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Oct 24, 2015
Tokyo sake brewers try to entice foreign consumers with tours
Sake brewers in Tokyo hope to entice foreign and other consumers who may not be familiar with the iconic Japanese alcoholic beverage by organizing study tours of their breweries in English and after work hours.
BUSINESS
Oct 22, 2015
Japan to boost protection of names of liquor-producing regions
The government said Wednesday it will expand the scope of the system to protect producing-area names of liquors as intellectual properties to enhance their brand power amid growing global demand for Japanese sake and shochu distilled spirits, sources said.

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