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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A Great Yamaguchi Sakagura Update

Things go quick once you actually decide to do something with them. As of the last mention of this project, I had yet to even confirm the actual number of kura in Yamaguchi. I asked around and was eventually recommended to the national tax bureau, since they're the ones that actually license and monitor kura.... Continue Reading →

Nishiki Sekai – Tasting

The next brewery to take off my list from the Great Yamaguchi Sakagura Project is Takeuchi Shuzojo (Japanese link to sole online seller). This is a small, old brewery in Hofu, Yamaguchi, about 50km away from me here. It's got very limited distribution, and I literally know of only one shop that carries it: Ikedaya Saketen,... Continue Reading →

Tatsu no O – Tasting

If you read my Monday post about the Great Yamaguchi Sakagura Project, you might recognize this name. Tatsu no O is the main label of Otoko Jiman Shuzo (JP only), the one non-association member kura I've found in Yamaguchi. It's also one of the kura I hadn't tried yet, so boom, another one bites the dust!... Continue Reading →

The Great Yamaguchi Sakagura Project

Something that I've been working on sort of unofficially, that I'm actually bringing into the "official" part of work, is an exhaustive index of all of the kura in Yamaguchi prefecture, where I identify and map them, try their sakes, and eventually visit them. The mapping part would be easier if the Hiroshima bureau of... Continue Reading →

Asahi Shuzo Update

As you might have heard, recent flooding in western Japan has left thousands of people in emergency shelters, killed more than 200, and caused unimaginable damage across several prefectures. Yamaguchi is in the area of flooding, but luckily was much less harder hit than Hiroshima or Okayama. However, one exception is the Asahi Shuzo brewery,... Continue Reading →

Ohmine Shuzo Visit

On Monday, July 16 Japan had a national holiday, Marine (or Sea or Ocean) Day (Umi no Hi). While most people go to the beach to celebrate the day off, my family took the other way, and headed to the mountainous interior of Yamaguchi prefecture to a town/area called Mine. My wife wanted to go... Continue Reading →

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 →

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