My blog has been quiet for several months. Various things have come and gone, but much of it is due to a general lack of focus and attention span that could as easily be attributed to age as to the pandemic. But I have not been entirely lax in my work.
For, in the shadowy background, I have been pursuing my great project: the Yamaguchi Sakagura Project. I have been systematically going down the list of breweries in Yamaguchi to make sure which ones are actually brewing (which isn’t as easy as it sounds) and visiting them. I am now proud to say that I have officially visited every single currently operating sake brewery in Yamaguchi prefecture, and some that aren’t!
It has been such an educational journey. I have met so many great people, and been guided through so many diverse brewing facilities it’s almost hard to believe. The incredible variety in Yamaguchi sake is wonderful, and it is all built around people who pursue their work with passion and sincerity. I feel it an honor that I was welcomed so warmly by so many.
The question, now, is what am I going to do with this experience? The answer is… Wait and see.