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Sake of the Week #048: Kopirinko

Et-chan and I spent a very hot Tokyo Sunday afternoon at the movies checking out Inception. We went prepared with some take-out karaage and te-maki from Midori Sushi in Meguro. I stopped at Seijo Ishii in Shinagawa and quickly grabbed a chilled bottle to smuggle into the theater. Good thing I did, the lines there were horrendous as people turned out on a holiday weekend for this and the latest from Studio Ghibli, Karigurashi no Arrietty.

I picked up this bottle almost without looking. We were in a hurry, but I learned something new. My main discovery with this sake wasn’t the Natsuko no Sake connection or how to read the highly stylized ピ of コピリンコ / Kopirinko. The main thing I picked up was the source of the photo above. I shop at Seijo Ishii all the time when I want something a little bit special. I didn’t have the bootle to photograph and needed something. The web revealed Seijo Ishii’s Top Buyer Blog and the source of the bottle picture above. Each buyer posts news about new products of things they are interested in on the blog (Sorry, Japanese only). The 酒 / sake buyer is sake in the broader sense, covering wine also, but the 66 posts there as of this posting cover plenty of nihonshu kura visits.

We enjoyed the film and the take out sushi with it. I have to remember that we’re pretty lucky to be able to pick up a decent bottle anytime we like, even on the run.


2 Responses to “Sake of the Week #048: Kopirinko”

  1. Te-chan, The bottle design trapped you. (At least you were not trapped in your dream.)According to the blog, the art director designed two labels for the the same bottle: pikorinko written in katakana and hirakana. His idea was katakana label is masculine, and hirakana is feminine. Which one did you pick?

    Posted by Et-chan | July 19, 2010, 8:35 am
  2. I dug up the bottle and can confirm that it was in fact katakana. Phew!

    Posted by Te-chan | July 19, 2010, 7:43 pm

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