“Tosatsuru” & “Koshi no Homare” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Tosatsuru, TOSATSURU SAKE BREWING CO.,LTD. from Kochi prefecture, and Koshi no Homare, Hara Shuzo from Niigata prefecture.

Tosatsuru (TOSATSURU SAKE BREWING CO.,LTD.)

TOSATSURU SAKE BREWING is located near the Muroto Cape, the largest brewery in Kochi prefecture. A clear stream Yasuda Riversmall runs by near the brewery, the well water which is in the site of the brewery is hard and contains well-balanced mineral. In the Annual Japan Sake Awards, they have won total 45 times since 1965 and the highest number of Gold in Japan.

土佐鶴酒造 大吟醸原酒 天平 Daiginjo-genshu “Tenpyo” 900ml [高知県/辛口]

The highest point of the sake master’s art. Enjoy the full aroma & rich taste of Daiginjo to your hearts content. The sake is made with utmost care under the close attention of their sake master (Toji), and the rice grains are polished down to less than 40% of their original size, all to create this delightfully refined & involving sake.

土佐鶴酒造 吟醸酒 アジュール Tosatsuru Ginjo Azure 720ml [高知県/中辛口]

Tosatsuru Ginjo Azure is a new generation smooth sake made from “Kaiyoushinsousui” (Deep ocean water).

This water contains less chemicals and germs than ocean surface water (because there is no sun light down there, bacteria cannot survive) resulting in a pure, clean-tasting sake with exceptional freshness.

Tosatsuru Azure has a fruity Ginjo fragrance of ripe pears, a refreshing and clean palate, and a lengthy dry finish with a fair amount of acidity.

TOSATSURU SAKE BREWING CO.,LTD. Home page

 

Koshi no Homare (Hara Shuzo)

At the time Hara Shuzo brewery was founded in the late Edo period (1814), Kashiwazaki was flourishing as a Shukuba (station town) on the Hokkoku Kaido expressway and also as a maritime town by the Sengoku ships. Because of this, the elegance and refinement of the city’s culture was infused into this place and the unique culture bloomed. With the nature’s blessings and the rich culture of the area, the taste of our sake has been inevitably refined. Kashiwazaki’s nature, humanity, and culture are all brewed in the barrels of sake produced here. In the 200 yeas since the city’s creation, they have slowly been improving the flavor of our sake, and they have never stopped brewing this sake that people have loved for a long time.

The event that we can’t forget when introducing Hara Shuzo is the Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake that occurred on July 16, 2007. As a result of the earthquake, major damage occurred leaving over 70% of the company’s buildings collapsed. Five cellars were completely destroyed—the walls fell off, the pillars broke, the tiled roof caved in, and around 200 of the 300 sake tanks were buried under the roof. The very next day, the removal of 10,000 bottles of sake started, and the liquor storage tank was rescued from the debris. In the middle of August, the bottling line was started up again, in September the first bottles of sake were ready, and in October they were shipped out. The outcome of the earthquake was not pretty, but everything was able to return back to normal two and a half months later.

原酒造 越の誉 純米大吟醸 秘造酒 もろはく Koshi no Homare Junmai daiginjo Morohaku 720ml [新潟県]

In 1972, when Japan was normalizing its diplomatic relations with China, their sake “Koshi no Homare: Morohaku” whose quality was spoken highly of by the then Prime Minister, Kakuei Tanaka, was chosen as a toast of the memorial dinner party in Beijing. Koshi no Homare served as a representative of the national liquor of Japan.

 

Hara Shuzo Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/8/2 (Thu) – 8/8(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

The 11th Flower Yeast Sake in Tokyo

You can taste flower yeast sake.

Yeast is essential in sake brewing. Although yeast is the general name for the microorganism that serves a vital role in producing alcoholic fermentation, the type of yeast typically used in sake brewing is sake yeast, which is cultured from a strain extracted from sake mash.

However, some breweries use flower yeast, a type of yeast that has been extracted from flowers.Flower yeasts are full of individuality, and each type of flower yeast has its own, clearly distinct flavor and aroma, such as the fruity and sharp profile of abelia, or the sophisticated fragrance and robust flavor of marigold that create a profile perfectly suited for warmed sake.

Awarded a Gold medal in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.

Amabuki Shuzo co.,ltd

天吹(あまぶき)純米大吟醸 WHITE 佐賀県産 Amabuki Junmai Daiginjo White 720ml

Amabuki Junmai Daiginjo White is made by yeast from Mirabilis jalapa, also known as the four-o’clock plant or Marvel of Peru.

DATE AND TIME

2018/8/7 (Tue)
19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open at 18:30)

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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

¥6,500

Sit-down dinner with Traditional Japanese Cuisine Bento

Advance ticket Link

e-plus

Day ticket

¥7,000

If your student, bring your students ID, you will get ¥2,000 back.

Capacity

150 ppl

Web site

For more information visit, 東京農大花酵母研究会

 

Summer Tasting at Nishibori Brewery Garden 2018

Founded in 1872, in Meiji era, Nishibori brewery has been brewing refined sake for more than 140 years in Oyama City, Tochigi Pref. The sake brewery is registered tangible cultural properties. You can feel the history while tasting sake.

You can taste delicious sake (more than 10 kinds) and limited sake, it’s all you can drink.

Original special appetizer bento included!
A memorial glass present etc,.

Mongaifushutsu Black Label

It is dry junmai ginjo sake with light taste and rich aroma.

西堀酒造 純米吟醸「門外不出」黒ラベル Mongaifushutsu Black Label 1800ml

DATE AND TIME

2018/8/3 (Fri)
2018/8/4 (Sat)
2018/8/5 (Sun)
2018/8/24 (Fri)
2018/8/25 (Sat)
Each day 18: 00-20: 00 (opening 17: 30)

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LOCATION

Nishibori Shuzo

1452 Awanomiya, Oyama-shi, Tochigi-ken 329-0201

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Access

10 minutes by taxi from JR Utsunomiya line “Oyama station” or “Mamada station”

Ticket
A plan (Meet at Nishibori Shuzo): ¥3,800 (tax included)
B plan (Meet at JR Mamada Station West Exit 17: 00): ¥4,200 (tax included)

Advance ticket Link

8/3 (Fri) 18: 00 ~ 20: 00 (opening 17: 30)
8/4 (Sat) 18: 00 ~ 20: 00 (opening 17: 30)
8/5 (Sun) 18: 00 ~ 20: 00 (opening 17: 30)
8/24 (Fri) 18: 00 ~ 20: 00 (opening 17: 30)
8/25 (Sat) 18: 00 ~ 20: 00 (opening 17: 30)

Each day capacity is 36ppl.

Web site

For more information visit, ひと夏の蔵ガーデン2018

Shiga Jizake Festival 2018 in Tokyo

Omi Province (近江国 Omi no kuni) is an old province of Japan, which today comprises Shiga Prefecture. Omi has been a thoroughfare across land and water for many years, and with the mountainous slopes also giving rise to an abundance of pure, clean water, many sake breweries have flourished here. Shiga Prefecture is truly perfectly situated for the production of sake.

In Shiga, there are 33 breweries. It’s all come together at once.

Haginotsuyu Special Junmai Tomizu-jikomi Amadare Ishi wo Ugatsu (FUKUI YAHEI SHOTEN Co., Ltd.)

萩乃露 特別純米 十水仕込み 雨垂れ石を穿つ 生 Haginotsuyu Special Junmai Tomizu-jikomi Amadare Ishi wo Ugatsu 720ml

Awarded a Platinum Medal in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.

EMISHIKI Sensation White label (EMISHIKI sake brewery Co.,Ltd.)

笑四季センセーション 特別純米酒 白ラベル 辛口 EMISHIKI Sensation White label 1800ml 【笑四季酒造】

Awarded a GOLD, eighth in the Junmai category at the SAKE COMPETITION 2018.

DATE AND TIME

2018/9/17 (Mon)
15:30 – 18:00

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LOCATION

Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 12F

2 Chome-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006

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Access

1 min. walk from JR “Yurakucho” Station Kyobashiguchi Exit・Chuoguchi Exit (Ginza side)
1 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line “Yurakucho” Station Exit D8・”Ginza 1 Chome” Station Exit No.2
3 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line・Ginza Line・Hibiya Line “Ginza” Station Exit C9

Ticket

¥3,000

Advance ticket Link

e-plus

Day ticket

¥3,500

Web site

For more information visit, 第1回 滋賀 地酒の祭典 in 東京

“Koshi no Hana” & “Chikurin” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Koshi no Hana, KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Chikurin, MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. from Okayama prefecture.

 Koshi no Hana (KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD.)

Koshinohana Shuzo is a small brewery in the Niigata plains. This agricultural region, very snowy and cold in the winter, is one of the most iconic terroir for the production of sake. Founded at the end of the 19th century, koshinohana sake brewery has managed to keep their traditions together with being innovative with very original sakes such as Kawasemi that compliments the multiple award-winning Daiginjos from the brewery.

越の華「超特撰」大吟醸 Koshinohana Chotokusen Daiginjo 720ml

A daiginjo sake with a fragrant aroma and gentle, blooming note. A true delicacy.

KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD. Home page

 

Chikurin (MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. )

Although it is common practice for wine producers to grow their own grapes, it is not so common for sake brewers to grow their own rice — sake’s main ingredient. At their brewery, they grow organic rice with an aim to produce “safe and secure Japanese sake”.

Organic farming is a method that brings out the original cultivation power of the rice field, without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Their product “ORGANIC CHIKURIN ” is made from this organic rice.

In 2009, they have received organic certification from the National Organic Program (NOP) in North America, and in 2010, they became the first Japanese sake brewer to be certified by organic standard in Europe (EC Regulation).

竹林(ちくりん) ふかまり 純米 Chikurin Fukamari (Depth) Junmai 1800ml

The mellow aroma is reminiscent of fragrant trees.Despite the allover dryness, one could faintly trace a dark and smooth sweetness and a satisfying taste of brown, unmilled rice. The more sips that are taken, the more umami is recognised and savored.

 

MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/26 (Thu) – 8/1(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

Fukushima Jizake Festival 2018

19 Japanese Sake Brands from Fukushima Prefecture Received Gold in the Annual Japan Sake Awards 2018

FUKUSHIMA – Fukushima Prefecture was home to the largest number of award-winning sake brands for the sixth year in a row, marking a record in an annual competition, the National Research Institute of Brewing in 2018.
Fukushima sake will never let you down. You can meet Fukushima sake you will be satisfied.

Tasting Fukushima sake at home by amazon

 

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/8/25 (Sat)
Part1: 13:00 – 16:00 (Doors open at 12:30)

-¥2,000 (No food) 700ppl

Part2: 18:00 – 20:30 (Doors open at 17:30)

– ¥6,000 (with Buffet dinner) 500ppl

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LOCATION

Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel Ballroom B2F

26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8512

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Access

Shibuya Station

5 minutes walk from Shibuya Station on JR Yamanote line, Saikyo line, Subway Ginza line and Hanzomon line, Fukutoshin line, the Tokyu Toyoko line, Den-en toshi line and Keio Inokashira line.

Ticket

Part1: ¥2,000 (No food) 700ppl

Part2:  ¥6,000 (with Buffet dinner) 500ppl

Advance ticket Link

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Day ticket is only for part1 at ¥2,500.

Web site

For more information visit, ふくしま美酒体験 in 渋谷 2018

Feel the Deep Tokyo Sake Festival

HOTEL DE MIKUNI, Mikuni chef will make French appetizers from Tokyo local ingredients. There will be many pop-up shops such as cheese, Japanese sweets and rice cracker.

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/28 (Sat)
13:00 – 17:00

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LOCATION

Kandamyoujin Basement Hall

2 Chome-16-2 SotokandaChiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021

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Access

5 min. walk from “Ochanomizu” station, JR line, Hijiribashi bridge exit
7 min. walk from “Akihabara” station, JR line, Denki-gai street exit
5 min. walk from “Ochanomizu” station, Tokyo Metro Marunoucni-line, Hijiribashi bridge exit
5 min. walk from “Shin-ochanomizu” station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda-line, Hijiribashi bridge exit

Ticket

¥4,000

Advance ticket Link

PassMarket

Day ticket

¥4,800

Web site

For more information visit, 大江戸 東京 粋な酒祭り〜 Feel the Deep Tokyo 〜

Shizuoka sake Festival 2018 in Tokyo

15 Shizuoka sake breweries come together at once. Enjoy Shizuoka sake and something to nibble from Shizuoka.

Chiba local sake festival is held at the same time same floor. If you are interested in both Chiba and Shizuoka sake, you should buy a combo ticket. ¥4,500

Combo ticket Chiba and Shizuoka Sake festival 2018 in Tokyo

Lineup Brand

Name of Brand Brewery
萩錦 Haginishiki Haginishiki Shuzo
君盃 Kunpai Kunpai Shuzo
喜平 Kihei Shizuoka Hiraki Shuzo Inc
臥龍梅 Garyubai Sanwa Shuzo
正雪 Shousetsu Kanzawagawa Shuzo
英君 Eikun Eikun Sake Brewery
初亀 Hatsukame Hatsukame Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.
杉錦 Suginishiki Sugii Shuzo
磯自慢 Isojiman Isojiman Premium-Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.
志太泉 Shidaizumi SHIDAIZUMI BREWERY COMPANY LIMITED
若竹 Wakatake Omuraya Shuzojo
開運 Kaiun Doishuzoujyo Co.,Ltd.
花の舞 Hananomai Hananomai Shuzo
富士錦 Fujisnishiki Fujinishiki Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd
白隠正宗 Hakuin Masamune TAKASHIMA BREWING

Suginishiki Yamahai Junmai Tenpo 13 (Sugii Syuzou)
Awarded a platinum medal in the Junmai category at the Kura Master 2018.

Fujinishiki Junmaishu (Fujinishiki Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd.)
Awarded a Gold medal in the Junmai category at the Kura Master 2018.

 

Junmai Daiginjo Hatsukame( Hatsukame Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.)
Awarded a Gold medal in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/9/9 (Sun)
14:00 – 16:30 (Doors open at 13:30)

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LOCATION

Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 12F

2 Chome-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006

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Access

1 min. walk from JR “Yurakucho” Station Kyobashiguchi Exit・Chuoguchi Exit (Ginza side)
1 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line “Yurakucho” Station Exit D8・”Ginza 1 Chome” Station Exit No.2
3 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line・Ginza Line・Hibiya Line “Ginza” Station Exit C9

Ticket

¥2,500

Advance ticket Link

eplus

Web site

For more information visit, 静岡県地酒まつり IN TOKYO 2018

Chiba sake Festival 2018 in Tokyo

Over 150 kinds of Chiba sake come together at once. Annual huge tasting event.

Shizuoka local sake fair is held at the same time same floor.

If you are interested in both Chiba and Shizuoka sake, you should buy a combo ticket. ¥4,500

Combo ticket Chiba and Shizuoka Sake festival 2018 in Tokyo

Lineup Brand

Name of Brand Brewery
甲子 Kinoene Iinumahonke
長命泉 Choumeisen Takizawa Honten
峯の精 Minenosei Miyazaki Shuzoten
福祝 Fukuiwai Touhei Shuzo
飛鶴 Tobitsuru Mori Shuzoten
東魁盛 Toukaizakari Koizumi-shuzo Co.
聖泉 Seisen Wagurashuzo Takeokagura
寿萬亀 Jumangame KamedaShuzo Co.,Ltd.
稲花正宗 Inahanamasamune Inahana Shuzo
腰古井 Koshigoi Yoshiko Shuzo
鳴海 Naruka Azumanada Shuzo
木戸泉 Kidoizumi Kidoizumi Shuzo
岩の井 Iwanoi Iwase Shuzo
舞桜 Maizakura Moriya Shuzo
総乃寒菊 Fusanokankiku KANKIKU MEIJYO
東薫 Toukun Toukun Shuzo
不動・仁勇 Jinyu•Fudo NABEDANA INC
勝鹿 Katsushika Kubota Shuzo

Jinyu Junmai
鍋店 仁勇 純米酒 瓶 Nabedana Jinyu Jyunmai 720ml [千葉県]

Awarded a Platinum medal in the Junmai category at the Kura Master 2018.

Kinoene Junmai ginjo-Sake
甲子 純米吟醸酒 Kinoene Junmai Ginjyo sake 1800ml

Awarded a Gold medal in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.

DATE AND TIME

2018/9/9 (Sun)
16:30 – 18:30 (Doors open at 16:15)

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LOCATION

Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 12F

2 Chome-10-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0006

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Access

1 min. walk from JR “Yurakucho” Station Kyobashiguchi Exit・Chuoguchi Exit (Ginza side)
1 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line “Yurakucho” Station Exit D8・”Ginza 1 Chome” Station Exit No.2
3 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line・Ginza Line・Hibiya Line “Ginza” Station Exit C9

Ticket

¥2,500

Advance ticket Link

eplus

Day ticket ¥3,500 (If tickets are left)

Capacity

500 ppl

Web site

For more information visit, 千葉の酒フェスタ2018

“Tatenokawa” & “Ichinokura” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Tatenokawa, Tatenokawa, Inc. from Yamagata prefecture and Ichinokura, ICHINOKURA Co.,Ltd. from Miyagi prefecture.

Tatenokawa (Tatenokawa, Inc.)

In 1832, when the head of the Uesugi clan first visited the Shonai area he was so amazed by the quality of the water that he recommended sake production to first generation Heishiro.

And so, in 1854, Heishiro began making sake. In the following year 1855, the visiting Daimyo of the Sounai Clan, Sakai Tadakatsu was presented with the sake and in return christened the brand “TATENOKAWA” (English Name: CASTLE BROOK).

In 2005 they began establishing contracts directly with local farmers. The raw ingredients of Junmai Daiginjo are rice and water. The rice plays a huge part in determining the quality of the end product and yet so many breweries rely on rice suppliers and brewer’s associations for procurement.

In 2010, here at TATENOKAWA, Inc. they began Junmai Daiginjo only production under a new “TATENOKAWA” 100 year vision

In order to realise this vision they have increased the tempo of their overseas exports, which they began in 2008, with a view to their sake becoming a luxury item that has fans all over the world.

Their goal is to make sake that appeals to and is recognised by people globally.

楯野川 純米大吟醸 上流 Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo More detail JOURYU 720ml (専用カートン付)

A part of the Ryu (stream) series, is named after its high quality and high specifications. Made with 40% polished Yamada Nishiki sake rice and only the best part of the sake pressing nakadori (middle cut). A sake with a stable balance of flavour and aroma, a nose of ripened fruits, and a high quality Japanese candy like elegance, topped off with a clean finish.

Tatenokawa, Inc. Home page

Ichinokura (Ichinokura Co.,Ltd. Home page)

Ichinokura, a leading sake brewery in Japan, was founded in 1973 with the aspiration of leading the industry into the 21st century and promoting a sophisticated and vibrant sake drinking culture, through brewing high quality sake in Miyagi Prefecture. Four local sake breweries merged into one with a common goal in mind and strived to achieve this while assisting business and agriculture in Matsuyama, Osaki city.

They aim to establish a good relationship between their customers and Ichinokura employees, and develop the relationship between local communities and Ichinokura itself, by promoting a safe and prosperous style of living based on the fermentation technologies that they have acquired over time in harmonizing with people, nature and Japanese tradition.

Ichinokura headquarters and sake factories are located in the woody hill of Matsuyama, Osaki city, Miyagi prefecture, which is 243 miles (392 km) north of Tokyo. Their products have been enjoyed not only in Japan but also exported to more than 20 countries including the U.S.A. and throughout Asia. Ichinokura, maintaining the very spirit of its foundation, is putting tireless efforts into making the very best quality sake, which people will enjoy globally.

Ichinokura is fortunate to the three essential elements required to make the highest quality Japanese sake: water, rice, and expertise.

一ノ蔵 純米大吟醸 笙鼓 化粧箱入り Ichinokura Junmai Daiginjo Shoko 720ml

Gives a rich aroma. Once you sip it, fabulously interesting taste spreads in your mouth. A masterpiece of selected quality ingredients, traditional manual brewing and its techniques.

Ichinokura Co.,Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/25 (Wed) – 7/31(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