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Japanese sake (日本酒), or nihonshu is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Japan. The most important ingredients that determine the quality of the taste of sake are koji-kin (the national micro-organism of Japan) and water.

Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Hannari Brand Umeshu in Fushimi – part 2

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Kitagawa Honke Sake Brewery
Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Hannari Brand Umeshu in Fushimi – part 2 (北川本家はんなり梅酒) Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Umeshu in Fushimi (北川本家はんなり梅酒 Hannari Brand Umeshu: The tastes of Kyoto are subtle and refined, this umeshu was designed to be hannari, or delicate. In addition to classic umeshu, there are four imaginatively ‘Kyoto’…

Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Umeshu in Fushimi – part 1

Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Umeshu in Fushimi – part 1
Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) in Fushimi – part 1 Kyoto Sake: Learning to Make Umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur) in Fushimi Umeshu: Japanese plums, called ume (梅) are mainly used to flavor alcohol and vinegar and to make the incredible umeboshi, pickled plum. In early summer, it is popular to make ume flavored alcohol, called umeshu (梅酒) at home, but we were fortunate enough to get…

Thoughts on Kawaii: Cute Summer Sake Bottle Design with Goldfish

Thoughts on Kawaii: Cute and Delightful Summer Kyoto Sake Bottle Design with Goldfish (夏の戯れ) Cute Summer Sake Bottle Design with Goldfish ‘Cute’ (kawaii) in Japan is all pervasive … and it sells. The other day I ran across this lovely and whimsically designed sake bottle from a brewery in Fushimi. It got me thinking……

Tsunoki: Premium Sake Dealer in Nishiki Market Kyoto

Tsunoki: Premium Sake Dealer in Nishiki Market Kyoto
Tsunoki: Premium Sake Dealer in Nishiki Market Kyoto (津之喜酒舗) Tsunoki: Premium Sake Dealer in Nishiki Market Kyoto Tsunoki is more than 200 years old and is the place in Kyoto to purchase fine sake, shochu and Japanese whiskey. The friendly 8th generation owner of Tsunoki, Teruo Fujii, speaks some English and is always happy to make recommendations to visitors.…

Taue (Rice Planting): Planting Yamada Nishiki in Rural Kyoto Prefecture for Next Year’s Sake

Taue (Rice Planting): Planting Yamada Nishiki in Rural Kyoto Prefecture for Next Year’s Sake
This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Kitagawa Honke Sake Brewery
Taue (Rice Planting): Planting Yamada Nishiki in Rural Kyoto Prefecture for Next Year’s Sake Taue: Rice Planting in Rural Kyoto Prefecture
Taue (田植) means rice planting, or properly, rice transplanting as seedlings are first grown in a protected area such as a greenhouse and then transplanted to the rice paddy. Kitagawa Honke Sake…
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