All Japan News Blog
2024-04-17
By Ryuji Takahashi   I visited Shibamata Taishakuten Nichiren-shu Buddhist Temple early in the New Year. It’s been thirty years since I moved to Tokyo, yet I’ve never visited the temple once. Since I’...
2024-04-10
The most traditional and prestigious sake contest held today is “The Annual Japan Sake Awards,” organized by the National Tax Agency. The first sake contest was held in the spring of 1911, held annual...
2024-04-03
By Kosuke Kuji   As the glorious New Year of the Dragon dawned on January 1, 2024, the voice of a TV anchor sadly urged viewers to “Please evacuate,” “head to higher ground quickly,” on the evening of...
2024-03-20
Sake bottles normally display two labels.  The large front label often displays the “sake brand” in the center of the bottle, while the right or left side shows the special sake designation (such as J...
2024-03-13
By Ryuji Takahashi   Three sake breweries were invited to organize the 2023 year-end sales event at Kanemasu Brewery (Shibata city, Niigata prefecture). Thursday, December 28 felt like a half-day work...
2024-03-06
Japanese sake is brewed from fermentation-mash prepared by adding yeast, steamed rice, koji, and water to the pure yeast starter cultivated in large volumes, in which alcohol ferments. Since the volum...
2024-02-28
By Kosuke Kuji In this series that introduces seasonal sake, this report features “cloudy sake” released in the spring. The beautiful spring season of Japan is represented by blooming cherry blossoms....
2024-02-14
Please enjoy sake with an appropriate amount of food over time, rather than chugging down sake at once. The appropriate amount of sake that prevents stress to the liver is one to two cups. Please keep...
2024-02-07
By Ryuji Takahashi I continue to push myself despite feeling exhausted during the month of December, a busy and hectic month with no chance to rest until the new year. First on the schedule is the in-...
2024-01-31
Sake production process  Sake production cleverly uses the microbial functions of koji mold, yeast, etc. in various tasks. The sake production method was mostly established by the early Edo period (16...