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 →

Toyobijin no Kai Event

In my recent pursuit to learn as much as possible about the local sake world, I've tried to join as many events as I can. It's not only a good chance to drink some sake, but also to experience the cultural and social aspects of the drink, as well as meet some great people. This... Continue Reading →

Sake Navigator Class

On Saturday, May 19th I took a three hour course for "Sake Navigator" certification from the Sake Service Institute (Japanese Link)( (SSI). It was a really interesting day, and worth discussing. First, some background. SSI is a Japan-based international organization dedicated to promoting Sake and offering education on the topic. It is also Japan's leading Sake... Continue Reading →

Guru Guru Yamaguchi no Sake Event

Twice a year, Yamaguchi sakagura and several gourmet Japanese restaurants near Tokuyama station in Shunan host the Guruguru Yamaguchi no Sake event. For a 7000 yen ticket, you get a name tag and the right to visit 5 restaurants, each of which hosts 1 or 2 different sake brewers for a tasting and pairing experience.... Continue Reading →

Ugo no Tsuki – Tasting

This is a bottle I drank over yakitori, as is my wont, with the family at a local restaurant. Hiroshima has a very strong sake tradition, and a huge number of well respected kura. Aihara Shuzo, with their famous Ugo no Tsuki label, is certainly among the best known. This is their "special" honjozo unpasteurized,... Continue Reading →

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