Jan. 29. 2020 writer:
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:
Dec. 3. 2019 writer:
Stories abound of age-old sake breweries in Japan passing leadership to younger generations. Obama Brewery in Fukui Prefecture, though, went the extra mile and applied for a new license under the relentlessly rigid National Tax Agency. Here’s how they did what most in the industry call “impossible.”
Nov. 14. 2019 writer:
The luxury ryokan Japanese inn in the heart of the Otemachi business district offers guests an immersive experience of traditional Japanese culture, including lots and lots of sake.
Oct. 17. 2019 writer:
On the surface, sake - a clear and sweet alcoholic drink - and soy sauce, a dark and salty condiment, might not seem to have much in common. Surprisingly, though, they’re both made in similar ways and, as a result have contributed much to each other’s development throughout history. Let’s take a closer look at the similarities and differences between these two cornerstones of Asian cuisine.
Sep. 12. 2019 writer:
Terminal 2 of the airport houses a duty-free liquor shop that lets you sample sake before buying. Team SAKETIMES was invited to get a frontline view of what makes this outlet special.
A Sake Maker, a Buddhist Temple, and the Evolving Role of Traditional Institutions in Small-town Japan
Apr. 4. 2019 writer:
"The world-famous sake maker, KIKUSUI, teams up with Chotokuji, a local Buddhist temple, to give back to the neighborhood they call home - in the process providing a fascinating case study on the evolving role of traditional institutions in modern Japan."
Mar. 26. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Instead of our regular three news stories, this week SAKETIMES would like to introduce you to five sake festivals coming to several places in Japan this spring. Spring is a special time in the sake industry, because a lot of the brewing takes place in the winter months and is generally completed in March, giving breweries lots to celebrate. This, combined with the natural beauty of the cherry blossom season and mild weather of spring is Japan, makes it a great time for some sake-related fun.
Mar. 22. 2019 writer:
Although cherry blossoms and sake are both iconic symbols of Japan, the two are actually more intricately linked than meets the eye. From the annual outdoor drinking parties of "hanami" to sake made from actual sakura, they’ve both worked together to mold modern Japanese culture in many ways.
Feb. 26. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Sake producers Hakutsuru and Takara Shuzo duke it out for the top spot, with a new winner taking the title… for now. Then, the amazing art of Nada sake barrel making is crowned a Cultural Heritage. Finally, VR-enhanced tours let you explore sake breweries from the comfort of home!
Feb. 12. 2019 writer:
"We’ve reached an age in which producing great sake isn’t necessarily enough to translate into great sales."
Jan. 24. 2019 writer:
Explore all the ways to enjoy mirin, the sake-like seasoning found in nearly every kitchen in Japan but scare everywhere else.
Jan. 22. 2019 writer:
In the news this week: Let an artificial intelligence guide you to your ideal brand of sake at the Yummy Sake Week event in Tokyo. Then, Brussels gets its first ever sake bar at none other than the EU headquarters! Finally, Koreans, Taiwanese, and Hong Kongers agree: "drinking sake" is the best reason to travel to Japan in the winter.
Dec. 27. 2018 writer:
Join us for a look at some of the things, both traditional and modern, Japanese people do as one year becomes the next. And, learn about the traditional New Year's sake known as "toso."
Nov. 9. 2018 writer:
Almost all major types of alcohol are named by the way they are made, so why is "rice wine" wrongfully living in the shadow of a totally unrelated beverage?