Nippon Good Sake, Good Sakana at Seibu Ikebukuro

Gorgeous fragrance, Sparkling your mind, Sake tasting.

You can taste gorgeous sparkling sake and crisp dry sake and so on, wide range of characteristic sake from across Japan. They also provide Japanese wine which is growing more interest in every year and there are special limited noodle, appetizers and sake set.

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/22 (Tue) – 5/28(Mon)
※Only on Monday, May 28, venue close at 6:00 p.m.

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro 7F (South Wing) : Event Hall

〒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, にっぽんいい酒いい肴

 

Sip-Up in May at Otameshuya

Sip-Up in May at Otameshuya.

Contents: It is the same as usual.
Contents : It will be the same as usual. It is serving around 8 different kinds of Japanese Sake. (You can try and taste the differences.)
Seats : upto 10 sutanding (could be changed depends on condition)

*only booking acceptable (Contact on FB)

Otameshuya tabelog link

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/24(Thu) 7 PM- 8 PM
2018/5/25(Fri) 7 PM- 8 PM
2018/5/26(Sat) 7 PM- 8 PM
2018/5/28(Mon) 7 PM- 8 PM

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LOCATION

Otameshuya

1-8-4 Honda Kokubunji Tokyo

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Access

JR Chuo Line / Seibu Kokubunji Line / Seibu Tamako Line Kokubunji Station North Exit 2 minutes on foot
572 meters from Kokubunji Station

Fee

¥ 1,000

Booking required

Web site

For more information visit, 厳選日本酒プレミアム試飲会 Premium Sake Sip-Up

 

 

Local sake big tasting in Ginza

You can taste 40 kinds of sake from 12 breweries across Japan. It includes a meal and one bottle of local sake you can bring home.

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/19 (Sat)
15:30~18:30

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LOCATION

Ginza Capital Hotel 2F

3 Chome-1-5 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0045

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Access

Yurakucho Line Shintomicho Station Exit 4 on foot about 2 minutes
Hibiya Line Tsukiji Station Exit 4 on foot about 2 minutes

Entrance fee

¥5,900 Pay at the venue

 

Web site

For more information visit, 地酒大試飲会

“Gangi” & “Hokko Masamune” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Gangi, Yaoshin Shuzo K.K., from Yamaguchi prefecture, and Hokko Masamune, Kadoguchi Sake Brewery from Nagano prefecture.

Gangi (Yaoshin Shuzo K.K.)

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.

Yaoshin Shuzo K.K. Home page

Hokko Masamune (Kadoguchi Sake Brewery)

Established in 1869, it is located on the most northern part of Nagano, close to Niigata. During the winter of heavy snowfall of 3 meters or more the winter are harsh and cold. The inner part of the northern Nagano area the brewery started making sake surrounded by nature and the cold winters. As for present day, the 5th president is continuing the legacy of making traditional sake.Headed by master brewer, the brewery staff combine years of experience and a passion for sake brewing to create high quality sake.

“The love of the local people is what makes a true local sake,” is Kadoguchi Brewery’s principle, and it is proved a hundred times over in the popularity of their “Hokko Masamune” – clean and dry, but with the aroma and “umami” of rice. The northern-most brewery in the Prefecture taps into the aquifer under Mount Nabekura, spanning Iiyama City to Niigata Prefecture as its water source. Since its establishment in 1869, Kadoguchi has actively pursued new and innovative techniques and methods to create new and exciting discoveries for the people of Iiyama.

Kadoguchi Sake Brewery said “While a good evaluation by an expert at an exposition or show is also important, we place just as much value on creating good quality sake at a price range that can be regularly consumed by the local population.” This is the type of sake that through it’s taste, can showcase the local colour and characteristics. Perhaps the biggest defining characteristic of Nagano, and especially Iiyama, is that all 3 crucial factors in brewing a good sake – water, rice and Toji – can be locally sourced. It might be due to this that Kadoguchi Sake Brewery has such a high local consumption rate of local sakes.

Kadoguchi Sake Brewery Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/31 (Thu) – 6/6 (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

“Notonokuni” & “Homare Kirin” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Notonokuni, SoGen Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. from Ishikawa prefecture, and Homare Kirin, Kaetsu shuzo from Niigata prefecture.

Notonokuni (SoGen Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.)

Founded in 1768, SoGen Sake Brewery is deeply rooted in the local community, who have cultivated love of their sake that taste smooth with a hint of sweetness. The locals call it “Sogen sake” after the family name of the owner. In addition, our higher-end sake are well recognized by sake fans for their elegant aroma. Suzu City, where the brewery is located, is home to the famed Noto Toji school of brewers.

Sogen Sake Brewery was founded in the mid-Edo Period, 1768, even before America declared independence in 1776. Legend says Sogen Chugoro who traced his roots to Yoshiharu Hatakeyama, the lord of Nanao-jo Castle in the Sengoku Period, started business and his descendant was trained in a brewery in Itami (present-day Hyogo Prefecture) and mastered the secrets of the sake brewing.

Since then, Sogen Sake Brewery has carried on the tradition and has been brewing sake to please their customers for over 240 years.Their motto is, “Our customers keep coming back to us.”

Noto Toji is one of the Japanese four major Toji group and it is said that Sogen Sake Brewery is the birthplace of Noto Toji. Toji is the superintendents in breweries and is the professionals entrusted with training many brewers.

Sogen Sake Brewery succeeded in making high-quality Ginjo-shu with a fruity, delicate taste. They are proud of their own contemporary style of sake brewing, garnered through years of traditional brewing called the “Noto Style.”

SoGen Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. Home page

Homare Kirin (Kaetsu Sake Brewery Co. Ltd.)

Kaetsu Sake Brewery was found in 1880 in Fukushima prefecture (transferred to Niigata prefecture at 1886). Niigata prefecture is situated opposite position of Tokyo and faced to Japan Sea. Owing to these geographical features, it is very hot in summer and cold and one of the snowiest countries in winter. Niigata prefecture is famous for most delicious table rice “Koshihikari” and very nice domestic Sake.

The brewery is located in Aga-machi where the Agano River and the Tokonami River join and is surrounded by many mountains. Then fogs often gather along those rivers. Such a climate condition gives birth to highest class Sake rice. Moreover water quality is also important in Sake brewing. The brewery has been blessed with an excellent natural spring which water is pure and soft. “Kaetsu brewery Sake is a wonderful gift from nature”.

Mt. Kirinzan stands in the northern part of Aga-machi. The story of “Kirin” of Mt. “Kirinzan” is based on a legendary unicorn. The Kirin unicorn is an imaginary animal that has been said to appear in the sky to prepare auspicious events. Kaetsu Sake Brewery has named thier sake “Kirin” with thier hope that it will be enjoyed in such a way that brings happiness to the drinkers. The tasting profile of “Kirin” is “Tanrei-Karakuchi “(Clean, Light and Dry in English). “Kirin” Sake is good for every food.

Kaetsu Sake Brewery Co. Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/24 (Thu) – 30 (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

“Iwanoi” & “Echigo Tsurukame” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Iwanoi, Iwase shuzo from Chiba prefecture, and Echigo Tsurukame,  Echigo Tsurukame from Niigata prefecture.

Iwanoi (Iwase shuzo)

The brewery is believed to have been founded in 1723 and was operated as a sideline over the generations. Iwanoi gets its name from the Japanese phrase for the “Iwase well”. 80% or more of sake is water. For that reason, water is very important in sake brewing.

Water for sake brewing should be good for drinking, with proper amount of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Iwase shuzo is located near coast, so the groundwater passes through the shell layer and the sake brewing water is relatively harder and suitable for brewing.

High content of calcium and potassium help drive yeast propagation. To use the hard water and Yamahai Jikomi which is a traditional slow fermentation technique process at low temperatures with extra time and care. It gives this sake width & depth in a flavor and semi dry taste with a good amount of acid. Iwai shuzo is committed to Yamahai Jikomi, now more than 2 third of all sake brewing is Yamahai Jikomi style.

Iwase shuzo Home page

Echigo Tsurukame (Echigo Tsurukame)

Echigo Tsurukame was established in 1890. It is located in foot of mountain “Kakudayama”, takes about 1 hour by car from city center of Niigata prefecture.

Tsurukame means crane and tortoise (symbol of longevity, artistic motif). The brewery named that to make people easy-to understand and a congratulatory trademark. They are aiming for a delicious sake that is pleasing to people.

To keep the highest sake quality that would be satisfied, Tsurukame dare to stick to small production. From the selection of sake rice to setting appropriate rice washing condition and best water absorption condition, they try variety of condition and draw out the characteristics of raw material of sake rice by proficient skills of technique.

Also, it is said that sake brewing begins with koji and ends with koji. The koji performs 3 main roles; the biggest of which is to produce enzymes.

Provide enzymes that dissolve the steamed rice and facilitate saccharification.
Provide nutrients for the yeast starter: vitamins and amino acids.
Provide the ingredients for flavour and aroma.

Koji making of Echigo Tsurukame sticks to the characteristics of rice and uses “Kojiri Box”. It makes Toji (head sake brewer) can utilize their technique and sense from highly skilled experience to make rich and strong koji. Please enjoy tasteful and natural rich flavor of Echigo Turukame.

Echigo Tsurukame Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/17 (Thu) – 23 (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

“Koshi no Kanchubai” & “Ogosebairin” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Koshi no Kanchubai, Niigata Meijo from Niigata prefecture, and Ogosebairin, Sato shuzo from Saitama prefecture.

Koshi no Kanchubai (Niigata Meijo)

Niigata Meijo is located in Ojiya in the central region of Niigata Prefecture 150 miles north of Tokyo. A fertile valley for rice farming surrounded by snow-covered mountains in winter, the environment is ideal for sake production. The company’s brewery has produced sake and distributed other wholesale beverages for 70 years.

Niigata Meijo sake products have received major awards including the best sake award at the Kanto Regional Sake Appraisal and 13 consecutive gold medal awards at the National New Sake Appraisal. Its sake has a characteristic gorgeous-smooth-clean flavor profile with clear finish, and one of the products in a small cup package (180ml) received the Grand Prix award of Japan’s Cup sake in 2008.

Niigata Meijo Home page

Ogosebairin (Sato shuzo)

Sato shuzo was founded in 1844 in Ogose. Ogose (Ogose-machi) is a town located in Saitama Prefecture. The town has an estimated population of over 10,000 people. It is located near Chichibu mountain and surrounded by great nature. There is “Ogose Bairin”, which is one of the 3 Kanto best plum forest near the brewery. Behind the brewery site, there is the clear stream from the source of Kuroyama Santaki and it is used for brewing sake. Their motto is brewing “fullness and aftertaste is light” sake by hand crafted with traditional way.

In sake brewing, a Toji (master brewer) is the chief executive of production. Sato shuzo’s Toji is the first female toji in Saitama.

Sato shuzo Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/10 (Thu) – 16 (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

“Rumiko no Sake” & “Izumibashi” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Rumiko no Sake, Moriki shuzojo from Mie prefecture, and Izumibashi , Izumibashi sake brewery from Kanagawa prefecture.

Rumiko no Sake (Moriki shuzojo)

Known since ancient times as the land of the ninja, Iga is also the town that is home to Moriki Shuzojo in the prefecture of Mie. Located in central Japan, Mie faces the Pacific and lies between the cities of Nagoya, Osaka and Kyoto.

Nearly all work in the Moriki Shuzo is done by hand, the same way their sake has been made for centuries. Rumiko’s motto is “a lot of hard work in the making of the best quality sake she can, means being honest to her customers”. It is truly a remarkable brewery with a wood fired boiler being used to steam the rice, wooden vats full of steamed rice are carried on the Moriki’s and their workers shoulders, including up wooden planks to get the rice into the fermentation tanks. About 25% of their sake production is from their own organically farmed rice, and the rest is sourced from areas that specialise in the particular rice variety that will produce the best result for the style of sake they wish to brew. The Moriki’s still use Yeast Strain #6 in their sake which is very unusual nowadays, along with allowing wild yeast to start ferment in many of their sake.

Moriki Brewery is not a large-scale brewery. “Rumiko no Sake” was born in 1992. The end of the twentieth century was the period of depression in Japanese sake and all small-scale breweries had to take up their cross. “Natsuko no Sake” is a Japanese manga that dealt with the social problem that did on the stage of sake brewing. She happened to read “Natsuko no Sake” and surprised at the accidental coincidence. Natsuko, the main role, was set at the situation very similar to Rumiko. It became a great encouragement which made them survive through.

Moriki shuzojo Home page

Izumibashi (Izumibashi sake brewery)

Izumibashi sake brewery is in Ebina city in Kanagawa prefecture. It was founded in 1857. Kanagawa is adjacent to Tokyo, and gets a lot of tourist traffic owning to its landmarks – Yokohama and Hakone.
Surrounding the brewery are rice fields. Many of those fields are cultivated by Izumibashi itself. In 1996, the brewery began growing its own rice. Now, they cultivate over 40 hectares of rice fields – a mixture of own and rented land.

Izumibashi sake brewery puts an emphasis on natural farming methods. While not going 100% organic, Izumibashi grows rice with minimal use of agrichemicals. Using natural methods to increase vitality and strength of plants, it grows rice that is naturally pest-resistant. Izumibashi has been able to reduce the use of agrichemicals by 96-100% of the existing prefecture standard.

The brewery also works with the local Sake Rice Association to re-cultivate unused land and promote natural farming methods. As a result, all farmers they work with have reduced the use of agrichemicals to 60% of allowable level.

The red dragonfly, the symbol of Izumibashi, favours rice fields. Izumibashi believes that it has seen the increase in dragonfly numbers – a result of using less chemicals. A nice sort of symmetry in that, don’t you think?

Izumibashi sake brewers also mill the rice they use in their sake. While a few brewers do that, the majority outsource this task. Izumibashi’s staff assess the quality of rice that comes to the brewery, which can differ by strain, origin and even the weather of each summer, and polish the rice according to their findings. From growing to polishing, rice gets a lot of attention at Izumibashi!

Izumibashi only brews junmai sake, which means the brewers do not add any distilled alcohol to sake at any stage. While addition of a small amount of alcohol at the end of the brewing process is a valid technical step in sake brewing (it helps draw out alcohol-soluble flavours), a small number of breweries believe that it can be avoided with enough effort and skill.

Izumibashi sake brewery Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/3 (Thu) -9 (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

Akita sake tasting in Mitaka

You can taste 12 kinds of Akita sake.

Including Spot sale, Lottery event and appetizer.

Advance ticket is sell at Harmonica Yokocho Mitaka, MOSKOW and Harmonica Yokocho Kichijoji Ahiru Beer Hall.

MOSKOW tabelog link

Kichijoji Ahiru Beer Hall tabelog link

Line up Brand link

太平山 Taiheizan (Kodama jozo)

刈穂 Kariho (Akita seishu)

まんさくの花 Mansaku no Hana (Hinomaru jozo)

雪の茅舎 Yuki No Bousha (Saiya shuzo)

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/25 (Fri)
19:00~21:00

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LOCATION

Harmonica Yokocho Mitaka

1-5-8 Nakacho Musashino Tokyo

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Access

JR Mitaka station
2 min walk from Mitaka station north exit

Ticket

Advance ticket ¥3,000 (Sell at MOSKOW and Kichijoji Ahiru)

MOSKOW, located in Hamonica Yokocho Mitaka

Kichijoji Ahiru Beer Hall, located in Hamonika Yokocho Kichijoji

Day ticket ¥3,200

Web site

For more information visit, 秋田の酒きき酒会「12種類のお酒」太平山・刈穂・まんさくの花・雪の茅舎

Enjoy Saitama sake 2018 in Tokyo

A young Saitama breweries gather in Shibuya! ! Limited sake and much more. Please enjoy lots of Saitama sake.

Present for you
Original sake cup (Ochoko)
2 Food tickets (¥500)
You can get them at the reception on the day.

Food is cash bar.

Anyone who is over 20 years old can participate.

DATE AND TIME

2018/5/25 (Fri)
19:30~21:30 (Reception start from 19:00)

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LOCATION

Cocoti 4F TOKYO CULTURE CULTURE

1 Chome-23-16 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0002, Japan

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Access

Tokyo Metro “Shibuya Station” 13th Exit (Front)
Walk for 4 minutes from Shibuya Station (JR Line/Tokyu Line/Keio Line) on Meiji-dori Avenue in the direction of Harajuku.

Ticket Link

Advance ticket ¥3,500

Day ticket ¥4,000

Web site

For more information visit, 埼玉県酒造組合