Jul. 22. 2021 writer:
The proprietor of America’s first sake specialty shop has used carrots, sticks, and sometimes just plain bull-headedness to get Americans to understand and appreciate sake. Two decades in, we look at his progress and how the pandemic is impacting the industry.
Jul. 15. 2021 writer:
A Japanese entrepreneur with a sake lineage dreams of home-brewing for all with her MiCURA kit.
Jul. 8. 2021 writer:
More breweries are bucking ginjo trends and brewing sake from barely-polished rice.
Jun. 24. 2021 writer:
Aged sake has yet to make mainstream headway, but that’s rapidly changing. How do they compare to vintage wines?
May. 20. 2021 writer:
Sake brands are pushing boundaries, exploring new techniques and leading a vibrant category into the future. Here’s how to enjoy sparkling sake.
May. 13. 2021 writer:
A man on a mission to bring sake to the world
Apr. 29. 2021 writer:
With covid threatening restaurants and sake brewers in Japan, one sake maker is using crowdfunding to spread joy and lift up the whole industry.
Mar. 13. 2020 writer:
Saying Beau Timken’s sake boutique in San Francisco got in on the ground floor of globalized sake is an understatement. Since 2003, True Sake has been on the frontlines of sake’s expansion in the USA and, through hard work and ingenuity, the shop has helped sway public opinion in sake’s favor one customer at a time.
Dec. 12. 2019 writer:
While sake continues to expand across the globe, it’s found a unique relationship with the people of France. One of the trailblazers raising awareness of the drink in the European nation for decades is Keiichiro Miyagawa, co-founder of the influential Kura Master sake contest.
Oct. 31. 2019 writer:
For many, manga has been a great gateway into Japanese culture. Manga - the Japanese comic book medium that inspires a lot of more widely-known anime - has its share of western fans. For some it’s a quirky pop cultural fix, while others still may use it to study Japanese or gain a glimpse into Japanese culture from afar.
Unlike mainstream American comics, manga aren’t focused solely on action-packed, world-shattering battles between good and evil and, in fact, often opt to depict the mundane in fantastical ways. There are manga about aspiring rock bands, chefs and bakers, tennis players and, yes, even sake and sake brewers. Here are four such manga sake fans may enjoy:
Mar. 23. 2018 writer:
After retiring, former researcher Chuichi Kato became a painter, depicting 900 of unique beauty of Japan’s traditional sake breweries and the ancient trees that surround them.