“Jokigen” & “Azakura” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Jokigen, Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery from Ishikawa prefecture, and Azakura, Azakura Co.,Ltd. from Akita prefecture.


Founded in 1819. Kano Shuzo is located in Kaga, Ishikawa. Kaga is in the Hokuriku region in south-western Ishikawa Prefecture is blessed with grand nature and natural hot springs.

Kutaniyaki, a Japanese ceramic ware that flourished in the beginning of the Edo era (1603-1867) and is still prominent today, has its origins at Kaga area. Wealthy samurai of the Kaga clan supported the development of the regional arts. You can recognize this style by its distinguishable patterns and use of vivid colors — particularly bright reds, greens, yellows, purples and blues. It was exported to Europe in large quantities after 1873.

In March 2015, the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) opened its line going from Nagano to Kanazawa, providing convenient access to the Kaga area. About 2 hours 55 minutes (from Tokyo to Kanazawa: about 2 hours and 30 minutes, from Kanazawa to Kaga Onsen: 23 minutes), changing from Hokuriku Shinkansen Kagayaki to limited express Thunderbird at Kanazawa Station.

This area is also famous for foods from the mountains and the sea and attracts many people. Why don’t you stay Onsen (Hot Springs) Ryokan and taste Ishikawa? Of course Sake set is with Kutaniyaki.

Tasting at home by amazon

Jokigen junmai Ginjo Fujin 常きげん 純米吟醸 風神 1800ml 化粧箱入り

“Jokigen” means jubilance.

It is also a commodity that has been served at the Nobel Prize winning party in 2012. To clear taste a sense of transparency firm body. Everyone is worth just enjoy the tricks that will appreciate is the ultimate drink can feel the goodness sake.

Kutaniyaki sake cup 九谷焼 ぐい飲み 招き猫 縁起 猪口コレクションNO.7


Azakura (Azakura Co.,Ltd.)

Azakura is a well-established brewery, founded in 1886 in a snow deep city of Yokote, Akita. From Tokyo Station, take the Akita Shinkansen to Omagari Station and switch to the Ou Line. From there, Yokote Station is one stop. Approximately 3 hours, 40 minutes from Tokyo.

“Akita style kanjikomi” sake brewing begins with the arrival of winter, and be at its peak when it gets most cold. During this cold and snowy period, the air is purified, and the snow surrounded brewery is able to maintain ideal room temperature for making sake. This results in great tasting sake. Using only rice locally produced in Akita, Azakura’s sake is a harmony of splendid aroma and mild taste. The pleasant flavor is never sedated.

The Yokote Kamakura Festival (横手の雪まつり, Yokote no Yuki Matsuri) has a history of about 450 years. It is held every year in mid-February. The festival features many igloo-like snow houses, called kamakura, which are built at various locations across the city. Along Yokote River, hundreds of small kamakura the size of lanterns are made. These mini kamakura are illuminated by candles from dusk until around 21:00 and create a lovely sea of lights.

During the Festival, you can enjoy walking around while enjoying Akita’s local delicacies and sake.

Tasting at home by amazon

Azakura tasting set 300ml×5 bottles「阿櫻」 のみくらべセット 300ml×5本



Azakura Co.,Ltd. Home page


2018/08/22 (Wed)~2018/08/28 (Tue) 10:00~20:00

You cannot go? Check out ichibansake Event Calendar


Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

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

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

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