Yamatan-masamune (Yagi Shuzobu)
The Yagi Shuzobu founded in 1831. It is located in Imabari city, Ehime. Imabari city is the second largest city in Ehime. In the center of the city lies Imabari Castle. It was built by Todo Takatora in 1604. The castle is unusual in that seawater is used in its moat. The coast around Imabari is very attractive, and the beaches along the Seto Inland Sea are good for swimming. They’re characterized by orangey-yellow sand, backed with picturesque pines that give off a pleasant scent in the heat of summer. Imabari city is the starting point of “Shimanami Kaido”. It is an extremely popular destination for cyclists from around the world. The series of bridges makes an approx. 70 kilometer-ride, links Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The cycling on the bridges over Seto Inland Sea under the blue sky will make your journey memorable.
In the Yagi Shuzobu, they challenge to brew the fermentation process takes place in a Kame (large crock). Nowadays stainless steel tank is mainstream but Kame has got microscopic holes that allow them to breathe, which makes them great for fermentation.
The thick ceramic wall creates a more stable fermentation temperature, resulting in sake with a greater depth of flavor. On the other hand it is difficult to adjust temperature in the fermentation process and need to be handled very carefully.
Yagi Shuzobu is aiming to brew more delicious sake to revive traditional method.
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Fruity fragrance and a gentle, mild flavor.
Sawanoi (OZAWA SHUZO CO.,LTD.)
Ozawa Shuzo is located in Ome City, in the western part of Tokyo (3 minute walk from Sawai station on the JR Ome line). There are spectacular views of mountains and the Mitake valley in Okutama as well as sake breweries, restaurants, shops, art museums, allowing visitors to enjoy a full day here.
There are guided tours of the factory followed by a free tasting of the final product at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. It’s free to take the tour, but participation is by reservation only, so you’ll need to call (or get a Japanese friend to call for you) to assure your place. At the start of the tour, you’ll be given an English pamphlet explaining the process of making sake. The tour itself though, is conducted entirely in Japanese. Even if you can’t follow everything, the tour should still be interesting. The oldest of the buildings dates back to at least 1702. You can also view the original spring from which Sawanoi’s product is produced. There are also the special tours (held a few times a month) which are whole conducted in English.
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DATE AND TIME
2018/10/03 (Wed)～2018/10/09 (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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