This is a a very special treat I picked up at my recent visit to the Kinfundo Shuzo brewery in Kudamatsu. Out of all their sakes (about ten varieties, I think?), I only took home two bottles: this one, and the Ginjo version. Why, you might ask? Because I have, as I mentioned before,... 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 →
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 →
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 →
Achikochi Marche in Shunan, Yamaguchi
An event report from Shunan, Yamaguchi's Achi Kochi Marche Sake fest.
Washu-Fes in Ube, Yamaguchi
A report on a sake event in Ube, Yamaguchi.