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).
Family Brew – Experiencing Sake in Japan
by Eunice Quek
Sake-making in Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture is a family tradition that often transcends generations
There is no better way 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 it with food.
By McNicol Jan-2018
The relationship between Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery) and Japanese sake goes way back, and no one knows that better than Buichiro Miyashita, President of Miyashita Sake Brewery, in western Japan’s Okayama Prefecture.
“Bizen-yaki is fantastic for sake,” he says, as he passes me a small gourd-shaped sake ask.Iweighitgentlyinmyhands, and it is slightly rough to the touch, solid, and warm. “It makes the sake taste even better,” Miyashita observes.
With the kind assistance of Sake Brewery Tours (www.saketours.com).
Have you ever wanted to see the sake-making process up close? Former sake brewer and Certified Sake Professional
Dana Berte introduces Kochi Prefecture sake tourism.
Born in the US, Dana worked as a brewer at Kikusui Shuzo, a brewery founded nearly 400 years ago in the early 17th century Edo period. Here are her recommendations for a trip to experience local Kochi sake and culture.
Full article here.
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
Standing on an ancient cobbled street in Saijo, a neighbourhod of Higashihiroshima Japan, I was astounded to discover the area dates back to the fifth century.
After all, I had just flown to Japan from Vancouver, Canada, where plans were in full swing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which we all thought was a pretty big deal. Adding to my amazement was the fact sake brewing began in Saijo in 1675, at a time when the area, then known as Saijo Yokkaichi, was already a prosperous resort town — and Canada, not so much