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Sake of the week #037: SakéOne on Basic Brewing Video

I’ve been watching the Basic Brewing Video Podcast for years. James and Steve are great fun to watch and hit just the right balance of fun and brewing otakuness as they explore fermentation and food. As you might guess from the name, the focus is on beer, but they like to branch out now and then too with podcasts on mead and even sake. This two part series on the SakéOne brewery of Forest Grove, Oregon is definitely worth watching.

Beautiful kura, Kozaemon

Winter sunset at Kozaemon I signed up for the first SakeSwap hosted by @squampton of Sendai. My June swap partner was announced and I’ve sent my pick so the bottle is already in his good hands. But, I did not send the requested write-up with the following information. If you can, please include a brief […]

Quest for Uni

Despite the unbearable heat, summer in Japan is the season for a lot of good stuff–including food. One thing I had wanted to do for sometime was to go to a small coastal city during the uni or sea urchin season and indulge myself. So, before going to Ichinoseki, I took a wide detour and […]

Ichinoseki The home of mochi

When I heard that the Ichinoseki area is called “the home of mochi“, I thought of New Year’s Day. Or rather, I should say New Year’s Eve when my family geared up for massive production of mochi for the whole family and extended family at the holiday. We literally spent the entire day making so […]

Ginza Jizake?

What would you say if someone asked you to try sake brewed on the Ginza? And, what if that sake had been made from rice grown in the heart of the Ginza, where people come from all over the world for high-end fashion, dining, and culture? I did not know exactly what I was getting […]

My Omiyage from Chiyomusubi

These bottles are what I got at Chiyomusubi! Would Tim’s audience at Anime Festival in New York be all over these bottles or what? Medama Oyaji is my favorite character from GeGeGe no Kitaro ! This little eyeball always calls his son, “Oi, Kitaro” with high pitch voice. Since Sakaiminato is the home town of […]

Postcard from Chiyomusubi

This beautifully retro postcard came in the mail yesterday. As soon as I saw the smiling woman with an early Showa period air and the Chiyomusubi name next to her, my heart leapt, as if this was my first love letter. That is, if I could actually remember getting a first love letter! The note […]

Rice, rice, rice-all for sake

In Tokyo you feel the changes in the seasons: endless rain becomes a sauna-like unbearably hot and humid day, then long awaited fall an with evening breeze. In Tamura-cho, Fukushima, home for our favorite sake Odayaka, you see the seasonal changes as wet green rice fields covered with newly planted sprouts transform to golden waves […]

Feel Good Sake-Odayaka

I guess this is a bit like “he said” — “she said”. The previous post was from Te-chan’s take on our experience. This is mine. No, I am not talking about us! I’m talking about sake! And, you will get a chance to read Melinda’s version, too. Just as expressed by one of their brand […]

Making Sake at Kinpou Shuzo–Niida Honke

Shizenshu–Nature’s sake The Start On a Saturday morning last month we went for a Shinkansen ride up to Koriyama and a day of sake making at Kinpou Shuzo–Niida Honke, makers of Odayaka (穏), Tamura, and Shizenshu. Melinda and JP came too, and had thoughtfully brought along a mediterranean selection of breakfast treats, so we all […]

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