Feb. 21. 2020 posted by
In the sake world, it’s often the toji - or "brewmaster" - who gets the lion’s share of the praise. But while toji may play a very important role, sake brewing requires a lot of hands on deck - some of whom, increasingly, contribute skills that have little to do with the actual brewing process. Breweries like Tatenokawa, Inc. are starting to take seriously the parts of the business that don’t get fermented and bottled, often to great effect.
Feb. 18. 2020 posted by
In the news this week: Sake continues its global spread and grows worldwide for the 10th straight year. Then, a unique new sake hopes to improve the lives of differently-abled people. Finally, a very special one-day batch of namazake sells to mark the traditional “first day of spring” in Japan.
Feb. 13. 2020 posted by
In most businesses, the idea of a company lying dormant for a century and returning as a successful operation is unheard of. But in the sake world anything is possible and the only kura currently brewing in the heart of Tokyo is a perfect example. It’s also a great sake destination in its own right for anyone visiting the Tokyo area.
Feb. 11. 2020 posted by
In the news this week: A new brewery set up by a town in Hokkaido is borrowing talent from an established compatriot in Gifu. Then, Craft Sake Week returns bigger than ever this year. Finally, even more sake festival fun can be had when Washu Fest rolls into Tokyo this March.
Feb. 6. 2020 posted by
For a Japanese sake manufacturer, KIKUSUI is making unprecedented headway in the American market. KIKUSUI president Daisuke Takasawa explains the company's international success in this exclusive interview.
Feb. 4. 2020 posted by
In the news this week: Navigating Niigata’s many breweries can be a challenge, but luckily the Sake Tourist Information Bar is here to help. Then, breweries around Saku City are offering visitors a free ride in the form of a bus tour series. Finally, celebrate Valentine’s Day with either chocolate-flavored sake, or sake-flavored chocolates.
Jan. 29. 2020 posted by
For decades in Japan, the idea of a start-up sake brewery, or “kura,” was virtually unheard of due to strict government regulation. But, this year sees a significant loosening of these restrictions, making the idea of opening a new brewery much more feasible. It’s an ongoing process of deregulation in its early stages, but here’s what we know so far:
Jan. 28. 2020 posted by
In the news this week: Sake takes to the road in Fukui with a Kokuryu Sake Brewery catering truck. Then, a southern beauty of sake gets an elegantly subtle makeover. Finally, a huge archeological find in Kyoto unearths the oldest look at sake brewing in Japan.
Why Tour a Brewery When You Can Spend the Weekend in One? World’s First Sake Brewery Hotel to Open in Nagano
Jan. 23. 2020 posted by
Kurabito Stay, a new start-up in Nagano Prefecture, offers guests three-day, two-night stays in an actual sake brewery. It’s such a perfect travel experience for fans of sake or Japanese culture in general that it’s a surprise no one’s thought of it sooner. But, Kurabito Stay wasn’t easy to get off the ground, and took some ingenuity and a little luck for mother-turned-entrepreneur Mariko Tazawa to pull off.