“Kaganoi” & “Hakuryu” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kaganoi, Kaganoi Shuzo from Niigata prefecture, and Hakuryu, Yoshida Shuzo from Fukui prefecture.

Kaganoi (Kaganoi Shuzo)

It was the day close to the end of a year, December 22, 2016 before noon, the fire broke up at the Itoigawa shopping street. Although it seemed to be extinguished soon, it was a built‐up area where firefighting is difficult and a strong wind, and flying sparks spread further quickly. It took 30 hours until the fire was extinguished compleately, eventually 147 buildings and shops were damaged by the fire.

Kaganoi Shuzo was also was reduced to ashes in the huge fire. It was the oldest sake brewery which also boasts a history of more than 360 years in Niigata. They continued operations for a while at another facility in Toyama Prefecture, the Ginban brewery.

Kaganoi Shuzo reopened new brewery in the original site 2018 March.


Kaganoi Shuzo Home page


Hakuryu (Yoshida Shuzo)

Founded in 1806. Yoshida Shuzo is located in Eiheiji, Fukui. The town is named for the famous temple of Eihei-ji. Eiheiji is located in the midstream of Kuzuryu River, the source of which is the sacred Mt. Haku. Known as a town of a crystal clear river, Eiheiji welcomes many fishermen who are after Ayu or sweetfish and Masu salmon. As Eiheiji is in the central part of the Fukui plain, it is also known as a fertile rice-producing area. The clear water, fertile rice-growing environment, and cold, harsh winter distinctive to the Hokuriku region. With a suitable environment for sake brewing, Eiheiji has long been known as one of the best sake-producing regions in the prefecture.

Eihei-ji is a large temple complex and active monastery standing on a cedar covered slope in the mountains. It was founded by Dogen Zenji about 770 years ago. Even now, about 200 trainee monks undergo ascetic training, mainly practicing seated meditation and reading the sutras. Visitors can tour the temple for a day or stay there overnight as Eihei-ji provides lodging, including two meals and the chance for Zazen meditation and the reading of Buddhist scripture.

After feeling the spirit of Zen in Eihei-ji, why not you can indulge yourself in tasting Fukui sake?

Yoshida Shuzo Hakuryu Tasting set 300ml × 5 bottles 日本酒 ギフト 純米 飲み比べセット 辛口 300ml×5本 純米大吟醸 吉田酒造 白龍


Yoshida Shuzo Home page


2018/8/30 (Thu) – 9/5(Wed) 10:00~20:00

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Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

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

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Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

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

“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.

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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.

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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

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Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

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

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Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

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For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴

Tasting Niigata sake @ Omotesando N’Espace

Niigata is known as the home of Japanese sake. It has more than 90 different breweries! You can taste Niigata sake in Omotesando by ¥500 at the N’Espace standing bar space. N’Espace is a “beacon” store transmitting the latest information about Niigata by selling food from Niigata, event, tourist information and U-Turn employment information from Omotesando.

The shop offers you selected Niigata sake, Niigata appetizers, craft beer and so on. Sake menu will change on a monthly basis. Always 8 kinds of Sake is waiting for you.

Tanrei Karakuchi

Niigata is famous for a specific type of sake, “Tanrei Karakuchi” or very refined, light and dry.

Water is the key ingredient in making sake. The snow and rain that falls on the tall mountains of Niigata soaks into the earth, forming springs and streams and eventually flowing into the rice fields. This water not only makes the sake delicious, but also enhances the flavor of the rice, the other main ingredient in sake making.

Climate is also an important factor. The winter climate in Niigata is favorable, with the low temperatures that allow sake to ferment and develop.

Water, rice, climate, and exquisite brewing techniques come together to make Niigata sake premium in quality.



4 Chome-11-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

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Tokyo Metro (Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line) “Omotesando Station” 1 minute on foot from A2 Exit

Opening hours

11: 00-19: 00 (excluding event dates)

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