The 3rd Tokyo Local Sake Fair

You can enjoy sake in all nine breweries across Tokyo, – Ryogoku – Edo NOREN 1F “Tokyo Shouten”. It will be held for 6 days from 26th June to 1st July 2018.
In the last time held in March, 776 people attended for 5 days.

Event overview

The background of “Tokyo Local Sake Fair”
Tokyo as a metropolitan city, symbolized by skyscrapers and advanced technology and culture. In here, there are firmly breathing “the skill of the crafts handed down from generation to generation”, “powerful and beautiful rich nature” and “the culture of the Edo passed down quietly”. The fair will be held with the hope that the customer enjoys and compares the taste sake of traditional Tokyo sake brewery casually and gets to know about Tokyo local sake.

“Tokyo Local Sake Fair” highlights

Taste freely representative brands of 9 breweries sake in Tokyo from the automatic tasting machine which is Kanto area only one.
All you can drink 20 kinds of Junmai / Junmai Gijo!
You can drink 10 kinds of Daiginjo and draft beer 100 yen per one cup.
The bites of Tokyo special products from 200 yen. E.g. Okutama pickled wasabi and Kokugikan Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers).
You can also buy items which your favourite sake and bites.
It is available to bring your own bites.
Special present: Tokyo Shouten original Ochoko (equivalent to 400 yen).

DATE AND TIME

2018/6/26(Tue) – 7/1 (Sun) 11:00-22:00 (Last order 21:00)

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LOCATION

Tokyo Shouten 1F in Edo NOREN

1-3-20 Yokoami Sumida-ku Tokyo

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Access

JR “Ryogoku” station, the location is directly connected to the station

Admission fee

¥1,500 per hour (excluding tax). Extension 30 minutes ¥500 (excluding tax).

Pay at the store counter on the day

Capacity

Especially None (Please wait when it is full)

For more information visit, 東京商店 Instagram

Meishu Center Ochanomizu 1st anniversary

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/8 (Sun)
13:00 – 17:00

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LOCATION

MEISHU CENTER OCHANOMIZU

Lions Plaza Ochanomizu 1F, 1 Chome-2-12, Yushima, Bunkyō-ku, Tokyo

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Access

7 min walk from Akihabara Station
5 min walk from Ochanomizu Station

Ticket

¥2,500
All you can drink for 60 min. One plate snack and origenal Ochoko including.

Contact

meishu2@nihonshu.com
TEL: 03-5207-2420

Web site

For more information visit, 名酒センター御茶ノ水店 一周年感謝祭

Tanabata Nihonshu Fes in Yokohama

Enjoy hot summer with Sake!

This festival offers about 50 different sake, especially perfect for hot summer such as sparkling sake, summer sake and nama sake from all over Japan!

Sparkling sake is light, fruity and tingling, and has replaced Champagne and Prosecco in Japan for many occasions. It would match with fresh oysters, fresh salmon carpaccio and of course Sashimi with wasabi!

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/7 (Sat)
12:00 – 19:00

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LOCATION

Yokohama Osanbashi Hall

1-1-4 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0002, Kanagawa

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Access

Minato Mirai Line, Nihon-Odori Station Exit 3, 7min walk
JR Negishi Line, Yokohama Subway Blue Line, Kannai Station, 15 min walk

Ticket

¥3,000 (All you can drink for 120 min.)
Advance ticket Link
Ticket pia
PassMarket

Day ticket

¥3,500 (All you can drink for 120 min.)
¥1,500 (3 cups tasting)

Web site

For more information visit, 七夕日本酒フェス

Ehime sake in Happo-en

15 sake breweries come together in Happo-en. Ehime’s sake tends to be a little sweeter than other regions, although there are many dry varieties too.

At the event food is Mini Kaiseki Cuisine, ingredients from Ehime. (sit-down dinner)

Gold Prize winning sake in the Annual Japan Sake Awards 2018
from Ehime 

ISHIZUCHI SHUZO CORPORATION: ISHIZUCHI

Eiko Sake Brewing Company: Shusen Eikoh

YAGISHUZOBU CORPORATION: YAMATANMASAMUNE

UMENISHIKIYAMAKAWA CORPORATION: UMENISHIKI

DATE AND TIME

2018/8/29 (Wed)
19:00 –

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LOCATION

HAPPO-EN

1-1-1 Shirokane-dai Minato-ku Tokyo Japan

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Access

Toei Mita Line, Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line “Shirokanedai Station”
Exit the station out of Exit 2 and continue walking for about one minute to reach Happo-en.

Ticket

¥7,000

Advance ticket Link

eplus

Capacity

320 ppl

Web site

For more information visit, 「愛媛の酒を楽しむ会」in八芳園

Omachi Summit

Omachi rice, which is the best rice suitable for sake production, was discovered and developed in the Okayama area over 100 years ago. Sake made from Omachi rice is fragrant and has a mellow taste. The “Omachi Summit” which sake brewed by only “Omachi” gathers from all over Japan. You can taste differences by each brewery’s technique, even same sake rice used.

If you are “Omachist”, don’t miss it.

※ Omachist: people fascinated by sake brewed by “Omachi”. Increasing throughout Japan.

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/24 (Tue)
17:30 – 20:00

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LOCATION

Hotel Grand Palace 2F DIAMOND

1 Chome-1-1 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0072

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Access

“Tozai Line, Kudanshita Station Exit 7, 1min on foot
Hanzomon Line, Shinjuku Line, Kudanshita Station Exit 3a/b 3min on foot
JR Sobu Line, Yurakucho Line, Namboku Line, Oedo Subway Line, Iidabashi Station 7min on foot

Ticket

¥5,400

Advance ticket Link

Ticket pia

Day ticket

¥6,000

Capacity

300 ppl

Web site

For more information visit, 第10回雄町サミット』開催! ! !

 

Gifu sake in Tokyo 2018

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/22 (Sun)
13:00 – 16:00

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LOCATION

Josuikaikan Hall 2F (Star hall)

2-1-1 Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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Access

Tozai Line, Takebashi Station Exit 3a 3min on foot
Hanzomon line, Toei Mita Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Jimbocho Station Exit A8 and A9 4min on foot

Ticket

¥3,500 (Snacks will be provided.)

Ticket Link eplus

Capacity

400 ppl.

Web site

For more information visit, 岐阜の地酒に酔う

“Kinpou” & “Hijiri” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kinpou, Niida honke, from Fukushima prefecture and Hijiri, Hijiri Sake Co., Ltd. from Gunma prefecture.

Kinpou (Niida honke)

Niida-Honke Brewery is over 300 years old, and has seen its share of change. Originally founded in 1711, it has seen eighteen generations of dedicated head brewers work to create their ideal sake, one that is healthy, sustainable and organic. Located only twenty minutes by car from Koriyama Station in Fukushima Prefecture the brewery is renowned for its delicious sake, having won several awards. But what makes Niida-Honke Brewery truly unique is their mission to create sustainable organic sake, “Shizenshu,” using only natural ingredients and a traditional brewing process.

In 2011 the brewery decided to take a step in a more sustainable direction by using only organically grown rice in the sake making process. In 2013 they decided to take their ideals a step further and stopped adding lactic acid during the brewing process, at the same time they began to use an entirely natural yeast starter. In 2014 they made another big leap and stopped using sediment removers, making them the first brewery to create a brand of sake from entirely organic ingredients.

These days the brewery grows and harvests its own rice, completely pesticide and chemical fertilizer free, using methods such as hand weeding and tadpole shrimp to maintain the rice paddies. All of the water used in their sake is natural spring or well water, which is collected from land owned by the brewery. This water is used in every step of the sake making process, from washing the rice to cleaning the tanks. The company also strives to reduce its environmental impact by cutting down on packaging, and reusing returnable bottles.

Niida honke Home page

Hijiri (Hijiri Sake Co., Ltd.)

Located in the middle of Gunma, Hijiri is the sake brewery with a long history, which goes back to Edo era. Since 1841, we started to brew sake within the rich naturally blessed green environment. We use the underflow water runs through Josh Mount Akagi in southwest for brewing sake. For 7 generations, we have succeeded to pass our special skill and tradition contentiously for 170 years. 7th wearhouse man and a chief brewer, kensuke imai, had rewarded with 1st prize in national sake competition in 2014, 4 years after he promoted to a new chief brewer.

Hijiri Yamadanishiki Junmai ginjo is easy to drink with elegant aroma and sweetness. You can drink before or after meal, because of high aroma and sweetness. It’s also recommended to drink with food with strong taste such as cheese or lever pate.

Hijiri Sake Co., Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/6/27 (Wed) – 7/3(Tue)

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1

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Access

Directly connect
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

Web site

For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴

Kura Master 2018 Top 12 tasting

Kura Master is the only one Sake competition by top sommelier in France. They have selected top 12 sake from 650 many makers entry. You can try them with a small group at a comfortable venue.
The chairperson of the executive committee, Mr. Kei Miyakawa is visiting Japan from Paris and reports on this year’s contest.

Kura Master 2018

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/27 (Fri)
Part1: 18:30 – 19:20
Part2: 19:40 – 20:30

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LOCATION

Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center

1-6-15 Nishi shinbashi Minato-ku

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Access

Tokyo metro Ginza-line Toranomon Station, Exit 9 on foot 3min.
Tokyo metro Chiyoda-line Kasumigaseki Station, Exit C3 on foot 4min.
Toei Mita-line Uchisaiwaicho Station, Exit A4 on foot 3min.
JR Shinbashi Station, Exit Hibiya on foot 8min.

Fee

¥2000(Cash on the day)
*Non foods but you can carry something to eat without strong smell.

Application Link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pzcvq4GTCZ-sq8O8ZHvVPk-hrXp25J0ZGZI1AH9bZgk/viewform?edit_requested=true

Inquiryyamada@sakebunka.co.jp

 

“Daishichi” & “Kariho” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Daishichi, DAISHICHI SAKE BREWERY CO., LTD. from Fukushima prefecture, and Kariho, AKITA SEISHU CO.,LTD. from Akita prefecture.

Daishichi (DAISHICHI SAKE BREWERY CO., LTD.)

Established in 1752, Daishichi is based in Tohoku, northeast Japan. Daishichi makes rich, mellow sakes whose outstanding reputation comes from an insistence on a strictly orthodox brewing tradition: the kimoto method. All Daishichi products are superb examples of kimoto sake.

Above all else, they seek depth of flavour: sake that grows and matures over time, flowering into exceptional quality. They continue to cherish hand-crafted brewing techniques that combine the best of nature’s bounty with their own expertise and experience.

DAISHICHI SAKE BREWERY CO., LTD. Home page

Kariho (AKITA SEISHU CO.,LTD.)

Akita Seishu Co. Ltd. makes and bottles nihonshu using Akita rice under the Dewatsuru, Kariho and Yamato Shizuku brands. The Akita Seishu Kariho brewery was founded in 1913 in Akita Prefecture. This area is located at the extreme northwest of Honshu island, a mountainous area with very cold winters, and heavy snowfall. Many beautiful rices exist here, and very pure water; making it the ideal environment for quality sake production.

The Kariho brand has a more mineral-heavy water source, creating a drink characterized by a drier, sharper taste, while elsewhere in the region water is rather soft. The top seller, the Kariho Daiginjo, has a lighter, clearer taste that’s reminiscent of the cold snap of Akita’s winter air.

AKITA SEISHU CO.,LTD. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/6/28 (Thu) – 7/4(Wed) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Access

Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

Web site

For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール

“Mansaku no Hana” & “Tama no Hikari” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Mansaku no Hana, Hinomaru Jozo Co., Ltd. from Akita prefecture, and Tama no Hikari, TAMANOHIKARI Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. from Kyoto prefecture.

Mansaku no Hana (Hinomaru Jozo Co., Ltd. )

Hinomaru Jozo is located in Masudamachi, in Yokote city in the picturesque snow country of Akita, Japan. Akita has long, harsh, snowy winters. In the height of the winter season, Hinomaru Jozo’s touji (sake master) Ryoji Takahashi can be found with his hands buried deep in cold, mashed rice, preparing it for fermentation.

Like many older breweries and distilleries, Hinomaru Jozo follows traditions that date back to when it was first founded almost 330 years ago, in 1689. Something the Hinomaru Brewery is proud of is the usage of the “rising sun” imagery, 200 years prior to its official association with the Japanese flag and government. The logo and name were created by the feudal leader of the region at the time: Lord Satake.

But there is more to a distillery than a name and a logo. Their motto, coupling “quality first” with “challenging spirit,” reflects the rigorous process involved in concocting the perfect sake mix. Still to this day, everything is done by hand: the rice growing, harvesting, mashing, steaming, transferring, and bottling. One of the key elements that helps Hinomaru’s sake stand out is the usage of small, 1.8-liter bottles to store and age the sake, as opposed to more common practice of storing and aging sake in massive, 500 to 1000–liter barrels at other breweries. There is no better example of Hinomaru’s quality nihonshu than the Mansakuno Hana brand: named for the mansakuno flower and created to commemorate a popular NHK TV drama that was set in Akita, it can be found at restaurants around the world. An even more refined variety of this sake is the Mansakuno Hana Daiginjo, whose beautiful pale gold color matches its fruity aroma—like that of apples or pears.

The Akita snow is a crucial indirect ingredient: keeping the building cold and frosty creates a specific flavor and texture known only to Hinomaru’s brand-name sake. A crisp, sweet, fruity winter taste dominates their flavor profiles, and complements the famous sour pickled vegetables of the north. Winter in Akita is suddenly much less cold when it’s paired with a bottle of sake from Hinomaru Jozo.

Hinomaru Jozo Co., Ltd. Home page

Tama no Hikari (TAMANOHIKARI Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.)

Established 1673. Tamanohikari was one of the first breweries in Japan to popularize junmai sake in the 1960s. This was cutting edge and risky at the time—junmai sake consumes 1.8 times the amount of rice compared to non-junmai varieties and this was being introduced to a customer base not familiar with the benefits. Furthermore, Tamanohikari primarily use bizen-omachi, yamadanishiki, and iwai rice for their sake. These are all more expensive, rarer breeds of rice strains.

Because Tamanohikari is made only with rice, water, and koji, our commitment to rice is extraordinary. Each spring we visit the locations where our rice is produced. Our employees put on long boots and stand next to the rice planting farmers. We only use rice that meets our one-of-a-kind strict standards. Nothing else that.

Half a century has passed since Tamanohikari revived the tradition of junmai pure rice sake. Today more and more people appreciate the quality of junmai and ginjo pure sake. But still, you could look all over Japan and you will find only a handful of breweries dedicated to the making of junmai ginjyo and junmai dai-ginjo. As one of Japan’s only junmai ginjo breweries, we will continue to uphold the traditions of years past here in Fushimi, Kyoto, and simply make the best possible sake.

TAMANOHIKARI Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/6/21 (Thu) – 6/27 (Wed) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Access

Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

Web site

For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール