Rice wine[ Sake ]

Sake or saké (/ˈsɑːkeɪ/, "sah-keh") is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice. Sake is sometimes called "rice wine" but the brewing process is more akin to beer, converting starch to sugar for the fermentation process, by using Aspergillus oryzae.

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SAKE 101: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SAKE images

SAKE 101: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SAKE

A trip to Japan would not be complete without a little sake tasting! But unless you are an avid sake drinker, it can be hard to know where to begin.To help you navigate the world of sake, we’ve done plenty of research in Japan: from consulting with sake connoisseurs, to sake tastings and sampli…(1032 words)

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西条 - Saijo (Hiroshima) : The SAKE town ! images

西条 - Saijo (Hiroshima) : The SAKE town !

If you want to discover the taste of sake you must visit Saijo (Hiroshima Prefecture) !This tour is like a journey through the past through some of the oldest and most prestigious sake breweries in the country.KAMOTSURU, FUKUBIJIN, KAMOIZUMI, KIREI, SAIJOTSURU, HAKUBOTAN, SANYOTSURU, KAMOKI…(405 words)

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Shibata Castle, Niigata Prefecture images

Shibata Castle, Niigata Prefecture

I first visited Shibata in April 2013. Shibata is located in Niigata prefecture which is on the western coast of Japan's main island and is known for its pristine landscape. Within the prefecture is the second most extensive land area devoted to National Parks. Ijimino Park and Ominesan Sakura P…(171 words)

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Dolores

Yakitori; Grilled Chicken that Sake Lovers Can’t Drink Without. images

Yakitori; Grilled Chicken that Sake Lovers Can’t Drink Without.

Just like Londoners enjoying fish and chips with pints of beer at the pub, yakitori(焼き鳥, やきとり) or skewed chicken barbecue, is an essential delicacy for beer or sake here in Japan. You can easily find yakitori on izakaya menus everywhere in Tokyo, but I would like to recommend you visit a few…(256 words)

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Hagi

Sake Brewery Visit in Shisui, Chiba images

Sake Brewery Visit in Shisui, Chiba

Have you ever visited Shisui (酒々井)town near Narita city in Chiba? The place is named after a popular story about a well (井戸)where sake (酒)seemed to have sprang up. There is a long established (300 years old) sake brewery in the beautiful rice field countryside. Please visit the brew house …(189 words)

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Takayama: A Sake Lover’s Paradise images

Takayama: A Sake Lover’s Paradise

Known as “Little Kyoto”, Takayama is very famous for its sake. The old town hosts several breweries, some of them existing for several centuries, and each having its own “style”. The perfect spot to visit for Sake enthusiasts everywhere! To introduce the town further, let’s go through a brief overv…(223 words)

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Tours of Sake breweries in Ehime images

Tours of Sake breweries in Ehime

Sake is the essence of Japanese culture. Made from quality rice, which is the foundation of Japanese peoples diet, fresh water, cleaned by local soil, a koji mold and yest, each Sake has a unique taste and character. To unfold the secrets how it develops this character you can participate in tours …(924 words)

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DeepJapan Editor

西条 - Saijo (préfecture d'Hiroshima) : La Ville du SAKE ! images

西条 - Saijo (préfecture d'Hiroshima) : La Ville du SAKE !

Si vous souhaitez découvrir le goût du saké il vous faut absolument vous rendre à Saijo (Préfecture d'Hiroshima) ! Cette visite ressemble à un voyage dans le passé à travers certaines des plus anciennes et prestigieuses brasseries de saké du pays. KAMOTSURU, FUKUBIJIN, KAMOIZUMI, KIREI, S…(484 words)

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The Wildest Times in Japan Begin With a Cup of Sake, a Traditional Japanese Rice Wine images

The Wildest Times in Japan Begin With a Cup of Sake, a Traditional Japanese Rice Wine

I remember going to a nearby Western Bar in Aiea with my friend from High School and sharing a few “Shots” of alcohol where you pour some mixture of strong and sweet into a little “shot glass” and down it together in one fell gulp.Those were fun and crazy times and the little buzz from that alc…(615 words)

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How to Celebrate Japanese New Year with Sake and Great Japanese Food images

How to Celebrate Japanese New Year with Sake and Great Japanese Food

You might not know how much pomp and circumstance takes place in a Japanese home on New Year’s morning. Mom is bustling around the kitchen putting final touches to her O-sechi Ryori or special (very special) New Year’s Day (Oshogatsu) feast of sweet black beans, lovely O-zoni soup, Kamaboko, se…(753 words)

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How to enjoy real JAPANESE SAKE("junmaishu") in Shibuya, Tokyo images

How to enjoy real JAPANESE SAKE("junmaishu") in Shibuya, Tokyo

Want to try tasting real Japanese sake together with nice "washoku"(Japanese cuisine) during your trip here? It can be tricky to pick a good one from a variety of Japanese sake offerings. You know what? It is tough for me although I am Japanese. Because there are more than 2,000 kinds!! It's natura…(396 words)

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Eddie

Delicious Sushi Adventure in Shibuya images

Delicious Sushi Adventure in Shibuya

This week I went to the small sushi izakaya Tamagawa in Shibuya for the first time. I had the opportunity to speak with the sushi chef. This is the chef's advice for really enjoying sushi:- Eat each piece of sushi in one bite.- Use your hands to eat sushi instead of chopsticks if you want.- T…(411 words)

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David

Japanese sake (nihonshu) images

Japanese sake (nihonshu)

A beginner’s guide“A trip to Japan would not be complete without a little sake tasting! But unless you are an avid sake drinker, it can be hard to know where to begin. To help you navigate the world of sake, we’ve done plenty of research in Japan: from consulting with sake connoisseurs, to sake…(424 words)

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DeepJapan

Best Izakaya in Yokohama, Japan images

Best Izakaya in Yokohama, Japan

By far my favourite izakaya is a place in Yokohama called Camp Yokohama. As its name may suggest, this particular izakaya is camping themed. Which of course means, MEAT! GOOD MEAT! CHEAP MEAAAAT!!Anything you order here is awesome, from the jumbo sausage (300 yen) to the lamb. What makes it e…(398 words)

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GenS

Hyogo and Hiroshima Prefecture - Western Japan travel from Osaka images

Hyogo and Hiroshima Prefecture - Western Japan travel from Osaka

Visit Himeji Castle“Often said to be Japan's best example of a complete fortress castle, Himeji Castle is a picturesque beauty, sitting atop a hill in Hyogo Prefecture. It is often referred to as either a white egret or heron, referring to its white exterior and elegant shape, much like a great…(568 words)

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DeepJapan

Izakaya Okajoki in Nakano images

Izakaya Okajoki in Nakano

We've been to Okajoki a few times with friends. We've sat at the counter - okay if just a couple of you; and we've had a private room - better for groups.The food is typical Izakaya food and they have a good variety of drinks.Prices are reasonable. Service is good.Getting there: take …(119 words)

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Joe Peters

“Sushi Zanmai” in Yokohama Chinatown (Open 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 a.m.) images

“Sushi Zanmai” in Yokohama Chinatown (Open 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 a.m.)

I would like to highly recommend Sushi Zanmai Yokohama Chinatown branch with the following reasons. (1) English menu is available.(2) You can order by piece. Simple billing!(3) Their Sushi Chef, Mr. Mashima (please call him Mathie) is the best! He has been constant in his devotion to le…(226 words)

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Suetsumuhana

Visit Niigata Japan: Rice Paddies, Toki Birds and Noh Experience images

Visit Niigata Japan: Rice Paddies, Toki Birds and Noh Experience

"Get the latest updates here on Deep Japan as we collaborate with Tokyo Broadcasting System(TBS) Television, JNN(Japan News Network/TBS nation wide affiliates)'s seven-station network across Japan and Vietnam's VTV station to bring the people in Vietnam informative and fun reports from the fantasti…(611 words)

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Strong Zero Chuu Hais Give You More Bang for your Buck images

Strong Zero Chuu Hais Give You More Bang for your Buck

While chuu hais come in various kinds, Suntory's Strong Zero Chuu Hais give you more alcohol per yen, as they come in 8% and 9% varieties. They are quite popular with Japanese men, but people of any gender can consume them. They typically cost 201 yen at most convenience stores and 158 yen at store…(54 words)

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KurtisW

Nigori-zake, thick like milk images

Nigori-zake, thick like milk

Sake, made from rice, comes in all grades and qualities, usually hanging around the 12% alcohol range. One type however, is a bit unique, and also has a higher alcohol content: Nigori-zake.This is unfiltered sake. If you have ever washed white rice before cooking it, you have seen a thick almos…(102 words)

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KurtisW

Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya images

Kinsai in Nakameguro is a great Izakaya

If you are looking for tasty small plates of great japanese food that goes well with sake, beer and wine- but you don't want a low end chain or a disney-fake experience- check out KINSAI in nakameguro. The food is always great, and there is a good seasonal variety I especially recommended gri…(88 words)

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LShannon

Tamagawa Izakaya Sushi in Shibuya, Japan: There is a spirit in every grain of rice images

Tamagawa Izakaya Sushi in Shibuya, Japan: There is a spirit in every grain of rice

As we sat on the one-piece blonde wood counter in the 20-something seat sushi restaurant just past the Hyakkendana red arch on Dogenzaka in one of Shibuya’s most Shibuya-like neighborhoods, the Ita-mae Sushi Taisho Mr. Yamaga speaks of eating Sushi in one piece, the intricacies of inter-customer tr…(531 words)

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Koiwai, the Disneyland of Dairy Farms in Japan images

Koiwai, the Disneyland of Dairy Farms in Japan

Running across the open and perfectly manicured grass field, I was delighted that Koiwai Farms is not just about cows. We were there on a business trip trying to help the town of Shizukuishi uncover jewels of interest for visiting international guests. Let me tell you, there were plenty.My …(1121 words)

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Izu Pennisula Local Sushi images

Izu Pennisula Local Sushi

Recently, I had an opportunity to eat “Sushi” at Saito Sushi Restaurant in Numazu, Japan, which is located in the Izu Peninsula south of Tokyo/Yokohama. The restaurant was recommended by a local taxi driver and the place is frequented by the local people as well as visitors from abroad so I decided…(276 words)

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AustinA

Experience old Japan in Kanazawa images

Experience old Japan in Kanazawa

In the Edo period Kanazawa had about the same poplulation as Nagoya.Edo being largest then Osaka, Kyoto then Kanazawa and Nagoya.During WW2 Kanazawa was not bombed and the old scenery of the Japanese culture can be seen today.Higashi Chayagai (東茶屋街) is one of the places you can experien…(173 words)

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Yuuki I

A Cozy Tavern in Shibuya, offering Local Cuisine of the Mt. Fuji Region. images

A Cozy Tavern in Shibuya, offering Local Cuisine of the Mt. Fuji Region.

Shibuya is known as an exciting town, a center of the latest culture. This city attracts both young and old.This reputation for new and cutting edge is perfectly true, but the other side of Shibuya is historical and retro. A small town with a never-changing atmosphere, people and stores thrives…(566 words)

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Hagi

Japan's First and Oldest Greek Restaurant images

Japan's First and Oldest Greek Restaurant

Sparta, located in Yoshidamachi, Yokohama, is Japan's first and oldest Greek restaurant - and quite arguably one of the country's best. Founded by Elias Skantos in 1953, it's now run by his disciple, chef Akutsu Yasuyuki, and his wife Yoko. Together, the two travel to Greece yearly to update their …(348 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

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Tantakatan

The green shiso leaf, a herb in the mint family, is the base of an interesting alternative Japanese liquor. Personally I prefer it on the rocks with an umeboshi (pickled plum), but you can also mix it with crushed ice, tonic and fresh shiso leaves for a Japanese-style mojito. Part of the fun is get…(66 words)

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iensu

Itami in Hyogo Prefecture images

Itami in Hyogo Prefecture

Itami city is located in Hyogo Prefecture – known as a town for Itami Airport. Itami is also known as a is the birthplace of Seishu (refined sake). They have the oldest Sake storehouse in existence that is clear when it was build. They are important cultural property that pass on the history of t…(91 words)

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OKAKI-sun

Cheers with Japanese Sake images

Cheers with Japanese Sake

Sake is the representative alcohol in Japan. They are a liquor made by fermentation of rice and they are also called “Seisyu”.The Kyoto municipal government was the first to establish so-called “kampai ordinances”, to promote the spread of refined sake made in Kyoto city. The government aims to s…(96 words)

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OKAKI-sun

5 Unique Japan Guidebooks For An In-Depth Japan Experience images

5 Unique Japan Guidebooks For An In-Depth Japan Experience

A general Japan guidebook can be great if you’re looking for general information on Japan travel.But if you’re looking for more specialized, in-depth information, most guidebooks won’t cut it. That’s why we love these specialty Japan guidebooks.*OLD KYOTO: A GUIDE TO TRADITIONAL SHOPS, REST…(472 words)

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Andres Zuleta, Boutique Japan

Road Trip Diaries #2: Nakaizu Hills Winery (In vino, veritas) images

Road Trip Diaries #2: Nakaizu Hills Winery (In vino, veritas)

Many people think of France, Spain, Italy, California or, more recently, Australia and Chile, when thinking about wine, and Japan is often thought of as a place where you make Japanese sake or beer. But, did you know that Japan has a winery in the Nakaizu area of Shizuoka prefecture? Nakaizu Wi…(907 words)

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jdlawrence

Japan's Expanded "Tax Free" system for tourists images

Japan's Expanded "Tax Free" system for tourists

If you are coming to Japan on a tourist visa (or if the stamp in your passport says "temporary visitor") and in Japan less than six months, you can take advantage of Japan’s tax free system. Save 8% on Everything from electronics, alcohol, clothes, and more. Just for tourists.Currently, Japan h…(490 words)

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Peter

Fascinating 4 Akasaka izakaya's of A-un group with reasonable prices, valued quality, and vitality images

Fascinating 4 Akasaka izakaya's of A-un group with reasonable prices, valued quality, and vitality

One recommendable ‘izakaya’ type of operator in Akasaka area is ‘A-un group,’ which is actually operating four ‘izakaya’s under the name of ‘A-un-tei,’ ‘A-un,’ ‘Gonkichi,’ and ‘Kyushu Sakaba,’ respectively in the order of less casualness, providing, though, more or less, the same menu almost for th…(326 words)

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Techan

Start Your Deeper Sushi Education images

Start Your Deeper Sushi Education

Sushi. One of life’s little delicious pleasures. Say the word and images of towers of empty plates at kaiten (“conveyer belt”) sushi shops spring to mind. The food is so popular that the once only-in-Japan item can now be found around the world in nearly every supermarket’s take-away section.If…(346 words)

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Former Deep Japan Writer

Kokonotuido Home-Fired Suenosato Hand-blown Glassworks Make your own original glass creation images

Kokonotuido Home-Fired Suenosato Hand-blown Glassworks Make your own original glass creation

“Kokonotuido Home-Fired Suenosato Hand-blown Glassworks”, where you can try your hand at glassblowing, is a 10-minute bus ride from JR Ofuna Station. After walking through a peaceful rural area for around five minutes, Haruka Sato and Kaname Onoguchi came to meet me from the glassworks (photo 1).…(777 words)

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Kanagawa P.G.T.D.

Feasting in Kusatsu images

Feasting in Kusatsu

Typical Kusatsu food fare includes onsen manju and onsen tamago ( eggs boiled in the onsens). But it is at the resort hotels and ryokan, that visitors can really be delighted with what Kusatsu has to offer.Hotel Sakurai offers a delicious 9 course kaiseki traditional dinner. A wonderful ma…(290 words)

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Alana

Otsukemono, Oshinko, Shiba-zuke and Fukujin-zuke ... etc. images

Otsukemono, Oshinko, Shiba-zuke and Fukujin-zuke ... etc.

When you talk about pickled veggies, there are many kinds like the ones on the title. Basicly they're called "o-tsuke-mono" and are pickled by salt, vinegar, Sake lees, or Miso. When on menu for snack w/ alcohol, they are often called "o-tsuke-mono" or "o-shin-ko". Most of them will contain "…(125 words)

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junebug

HANAMI (a MUST-DO) images

HANAMI (a MUST-DO)

THE thing to do in Japan during the spring is hanami. Even as a Japanese who has lived and grown up in Japan, I am still astounded by the beauty of the cherry blossoms. It can be difficult to estimate when the cherry blossoms will fully bloom, because the condition changes depending on the temperat…(212 words)

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RieS

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Yakatabune

Yakatabune are, literally "night ships," which are floating party boats. The vast majority are rented out to groups. Some, however, are open for individuals, couples, and small groups. Traditionally, yakatabune serve tempura as the main course. In Tokyo, one of the highlights has been anago…(173 words)

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