Eikofuji (Fuji Shuzo)
Yamagata is one of the most prized sake-making regions in Japan, known for its fruity, aromatic, light and clean ginjo and daiginjo sake. An impressive 60% of the sake made in Yamagata is Ginjo level and above, the highest percentage of any prefecture in Japan. There are about 50 breweries in Yamagata, all of which are small and artisanal.
Fuji Shuzo is located in Tsuruoka, Yamagata. Tsuruoka City is one of the major cities in Yamagata Prefecture’s Shonai area along the coast of the Sea of Japan. In addition to bordering the Sea of Japan, the Shonai plains produce one of the best rice crops in Japan, and the Shonai area is home to the three mountains of the Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. The rich natural blessings of the sea, mountains, and plains make Shonai a wonderful place for Sake.
The rice cultivated in Shonai region has been proven to contain more umami taste than any other kind of rice by Keio University in 2014. Hence, the sake brewed from this rice is taste-rich and has a particular aftertaste that will delight any sake enthusiast.
Eikofuji, which means “Glorious Mount Fuji” in honor of Japan’s most beloved symbol. Striving to attain the same height in perfection, every sake is brewed with pure-hearted skill and collaborative effort.
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Gorgeous ginjo aroma. Soft texture Umami particular table rice.
As the name indicates, a refreshing feeling and freshness fluty taste and a pleasant finish.
Gangi (Yaoshin Shuzo)
Yaoshin Shuzo is located beside the river mouse of Nishiki River in Yamaguchi prefecture. Gangi means the special pier to land sake brewery rice comes from the upstream of river.
In ancient time, it was common to transport brewery rice through the river. Yaoshin Shuzo has experience one huge hard time caused from the change of natural environment. Through this experience, they have understood the greatness of nature, and decided to produce only produce Junmai type sake.
“Don’t put any additional ingredients and too much hands of human” is Yaoshin Shuzo policy. They know the nature is greater than human being and sake is the gift from nature. What only human needs to do is organizing the environment to let nature bring their potential out and selecting the rice and water suit with the brewing environment of Gangi.
Especially, water is the key factor of Gangi style. Yaoshin Shuzo have experienced a serious problem caused from water, so that they know the importance of water more than other breweries.
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These two Gangi awarded Platinum Medals in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.
DATE AND TIME
2018/08/15 (Wed)～2018/08/21 (Tue) 10:00～20:00
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Seibu Ikebukuro B1F
〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36
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