By – Eunice Quek (April 2015)
There is no better place to experience sake than in its motherland, Japan. Every prefecture boasts a variety of the fermented rice beverage and the array of options can be confusing, possibly intimidating. However, there are ways to learn more about sake; from meeting the rice growers to seeing first hand how the drink is made, to learning how to pair the drink with food.
Best of Year 2014
by Anna Lee C. Iijima
Traveling through rural Japan—navigating transportation, booking appointments or just ensuring that you’ve ordered salmon fillet and not its head or entrails—can be daunting. While most sakagura are thrilled to receive foreigners, they’re usually not able to give tours or tastings in English.
A full-service tour operator can help, so you can focus on enjoying your visit. Sake Brewery Tours specializes in saké-focused adventures for foreign visitors. The trips are lead by Etsuko Nakamura, a professional translator with multiple saké certifications (and recently named a Saké Samurai by the Japan Saké Brewers Association).
Brewery Tours Lift Lid on Sake Culture – Tony McNicol April 2015
Tony McNicol joined a tour of four sake breweries in Okayama Prefecture earlier this year and shares this report of an experience likely to be enjoyed by increasing numbers of visitors to Japan in the future.
“Few would argue that the southern Japan prefecture of okayama is a wonderful place for sake.”
By Peter – Weld
JOURNAL IDÉES JAPON – PRINTEMPS 2013 – N°9
Coming together with Sake and People