Announcement! Yamaguchi Sake Meetup

The other evening, at the Toyobijin no Kai, an employee of Nakashima Sake shop mentioned that I should try to put together a sake group for foreign residents. I wasn't so sure about it myself, since there just aren't that many around these parts, I have no idea how popular sake is with the local... Continue Reading →

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Maboroshi – Tasting

Maboroshi, meaning "Illusion, phantom" is a junmai ginjo made with Hiroshima's Hattan Nishiki rice milled to 55%. I like that this is a local sake made with a local strain of rice, much like Saito ni Shizuku made Yamaguchi sakes. It appeals to my sense of symmetry, and I know when I go to Okayama... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk About Price

Before I begin, I'd like to mention the recent flooding disaster in Western Japan. I live in the midst of one of the worst floods to hit Japan in decades. My family and I are safe and, mostly, unaffected, but the communities around us have been devastated. Dozens of lives have been lost, thousands of... Continue Reading →

Wakamusume Kakitsubata – Tasting

  Wakamusume is the prime label for a local small kura, Shintani Shuzo, that is making some waves with their own "revival narrative." Shintani is a venerable local kura that was on the verge of closing after its Toji retired, but the label founder's grandson Yoshinao Shintani decided to make a go of it alone,... Continue Reading →

My Story Hitotsume – Tasting

Today is a bit of a departure--a really big one, actually. This sake is all the way from Sapporo, Hokkaido! I know this blog is dedicated to Yamaguchi and the surrounding areas, but when I saw this on offer from a shop I follow on Instagram, I just had to try. Hokkaido is not really... Continue Reading →

Yatsushika Ginjo – Tasting

This sake from Yatsushika Shuzo is a rarity for me on two counts. First, it's my first sake from Oita prefecture in Kyushu. I've visited Oita many times, but oddly never picked up a brew there. It's a serious oversight! Second, it's a ginjo that isn't a junmai. This class of sake is increasingly being... Continue Reading →

Ikuyamakawa Jizake – Tasting

This junmai "kounodou" sake comes from small, traditional Kinfundo Shuzo in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi. I picked it up in preparation for their open house event later this month, so I'd have an idea what to expect. I was delighted with what I found. To start with, this sake is a junmai made with rice milled to... Continue Reading →

Otokoyama – Adventures in Pairing

One of the tricky things about taking all these classes and doing all this "official" sake study is that people expect me to know how to recommend and pair sake to food. That's kind of hard at this point, mainly because I have no idea what  works without trying it. There are certain points on... Continue Reading →

Card Carrying Sake Navigator!

So here it is, proof that I can sit and listen to comedians talk about sake for 3 hours! I joke, but I'm glad I did it, and this is going to get me discounts on all kinds of events, books and other certifications, so rock on. Plus, you know, it sounds really official. Jim... Continue Reading →

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