“Koshi no Hana” & “Chikurin” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Koshi no Hana, KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Chikurin, MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. from Okayama prefecture.

 Koshi no Hana (KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD.)

Koshinohana Shuzo is a small brewery in the Niigata plains. This agricultural region, very snowy and cold in the winter, is one of the most iconic terroir for the production of sake. Founded at the end of the 19th century, koshinohana sake brewery has managed to keep their traditions together with being innovative with very original sakes such as Kawasemi that compliments the multiple award-winning Daiginjos from the brewery.

越の華「超特撰」大吟醸 Koshinohana Chotokusen Daiginjo 720ml

A daiginjo sake with a fragrant aroma and gentle, blooming note. A true delicacy.

KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD. Home page

 

Chikurin (MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. )

Although it is common practice for wine producers to grow their own grapes, it is not so common for sake brewers to grow their own rice — sake’s main ingredient. At their brewery, they grow organic rice with an aim to produce “safe and secure Japanese sake”.

Organic farming is a method that brings out the original cultivation power of the rice field, without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Their product “ORGANIC CHIKURIN ” is made from this organic rice.

In 2009, they have received organic certification from the National Organic Program (NOP) in North America, and in 2010, they became the first Japanese sake brewer to be certified by organic standard in Europe (EC Regulation).

竹林(ちくりん) ふかまり 純米 Chikurin Fukamari (Depth) Junmai 1800ml

The mellow aroma is reminiscent of fragrant trees.Despite the allover dryness, one could faintly trace a dark and smooth sweetness and a satisfying taste of brown, unmilled rice. The more sips that are taken, the more umami is recognised and savored.

 

MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/26 (Thu) – 8/1(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”

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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

Feel the Deep Tokyo Sake Festival

HOTEL DE MIKUNI, Mikuni chef will make French appetizers from Tokyo local ingredients. There will be many pop-up shops such as cheese, Japanese sweets and rice cracker.

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/28 (Sat)
13:00 – 17:00

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LOCATION

Kandamyoujin Basement Hall

2 Chome-16-2 SotokandaChiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021

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Access

5 min. walk from “Ochanomizu” station, JR line, Hijiribashi bridge exit
7 min. walk from “Akihabara” station, JR line, Denki-gai street exit
5 min. walk from “Ochanomizu” station, Tokyo Metro Marunoucni-line, Hijiribashi bridge exit
5 min. walk from “Shin-ochanomizu” station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda-line, Hijiribashi bridge exit

Ticket

¥4,000

Advance ticket Link

PassMarket

Day ticket

¥4,800

Web site

For more information visit, 大江戸 東京 粋な酒祭り〜 Feel the Deep Tokyo 〜

“Tatenokawa” & “Ichinokura” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Tatenokawa, Tatenokawa, Inc. from Yamagata prefecture and Ichinokura, ICHINOKURA Co.,Ltd. from Miyagi prefecture.

Tatenokawa (Tatenokawa, Inc.)

In 1832, when the head of the Uesugi clan first visited the Shonai area he was so amazed by the quality of the water that he recommended sake production to first generation Heishiro.

And so, in 1854, Heishiro began making sake. In the following year 1855, the visiting Daimyo of the Sounai Clan, Sakai Tadakatsu was presented with the sake and in return christened the brand “TATENOKAWA” (English Name: CASTLE BROOK).

In 2005 they began establishing contracts directly with local farmers. The raw ingredients of Junmai Daiginjo are rice and water. The rice plays a huge part in determining the quality of the end product and yet so many breweries rely on rice suppliers and brewer’s associations for procurement.

In 2010, here at TATENOKAWA, Inc. they began Junmai Daiginjo only production under a new “TATENOKAWA” 100 year vision

In order to realise this vision they have increased the tempo of their overseas exports, which they began in 2008, with a view to their sake becoming a luxury item that has fans all over the world.

Their goal is to make sake that appeals to and is recognised by people globally.

楯野川 純米大吟醸 上流 Tatenokawa Junmai Daiginjo More detail JOURYU 720ml (専用カートン付)

A part of the Ryu (stream) series, is named after its high quality and high specifications. Made with 40% polished Yamada Nishiki sake rice and only the best part of the sake pressing nakadori (middle cut). A sake with a stable balance of flavour and aroma, a nose of ripened fruits, and a high quality Japanese candy like elegance, topped off with a clean finish.

Tatenokawa, Inc. Home page

Ichinokura (Ichinokura Co.,Ltd. Home page)

Ichinokura, a leading sake brewery in Japan, was founded in 1973 with the aspiration of leading the industry into the 21st century and promoting a sophisticated and vibrant sake drinking culture, through brewing high quality sake in Miyagi Prefecture. Four local sake breweries merged into one with a common goal in mind and strived to achieve this while assisting business and agriculture in Matsuyama, Osaki city.

They aim to establish a good relationship between their customers and Ichinokura employees, and develop the relationship between local communities and Ichinokura itself, by promoting a safe and prosperous style of living based on the fermentation technologies that they have acquired over time in harmonizing with people, nature and Japanese tradition.

Ichinokura headquarters and sake factories are located in the woody hill of Matsuyama, Osaki city, Miyagi prefecture, which is 243 miles (392 km) north of Tokyo. Their products have been enjoyed not only in Japan but also exported to more than 20 countries including the U.S.A. and throughout Asia. Ichinokura, maintaining the very spirit of its foundation, is putting tireless efforts into making the very best quality sake, which people will enjoy globally.

Ichinokura is fortunate to the three essential elements required to make the highest quality Japanese sake: water, rice, and expertise.

一ノ蔵 純米大吟醸 笙鼓 化粧箱入り Ichinokura Junmai Daiginjo Shoko 720ml

Gives a rich aroma. Once you sip it, fabulously interesting taste spreads in your mouth. A masterpiece of selected quality ingredients, traditional manual brewing and its techniques.

Ichinokura Co.,Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/25 (Wed) – 7/31(Tue)

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒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, 今週の酒と肴

 

“Kakurei” & “Ryozeki” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kakurei, AOKISHUZO The Sake Brewery Co., LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Ryozeki, RYOZEKI CO.,LTD. from Akita prefecture.

Kakurei (AOKISHUZO The Sake Brewery Co., LTD. )

AOKI SHUZO, is located in Uonuma city, Niigata prefecture, known as one of the snowiest regions in Japan. Established since 1717, we have been brewing Sake continuously for over 300 years. Our signature brand KAKUREI, and other Sakes are produced by various benefits of the snow country, and skilled Echigo-Toji, the master brewers. While Niigata prefecture is famous for Tanrei-Karakuchi, the light, elegant and dry Sake style, we are aiming to create Tanrei-Umakuchi, remaining the pure umami of Sake-rice, handing down our original recipe to the next 100 years.

AOKI SHUZO’s KAKUREI is well accompanied with Uonuma cuisine, strongly flavored with salt and soy sauce for the local’s who works in earnest with sweat, and to preserve fish and vegetables during the long winter. KAKUREI, has sharp and delicate Niigata Sake characteristics, but at the same time we are aiming to bring out the best of the aftertaste of umami of the rice itself, which gives fresh and new taste every time you enjoy.

青木酒造 鶴齢 純米大吟醸 Aoki shuzo Kakurei Junmai-Daiginjo 720ml

KAKUREI Junmai-Daiginjo
Junmai-Dainginjo with 100% Niigata’s Koshi-Tanrei (rice). Flowery fruit-like aroma, with smoothness and gentle umami.

鶴齢 純米吟醸 KAKUREI Junmai-Ginjo 1800ml

Bringing out the best of rice itself, still light, soft, and fresh Junmai. Hints of aroma harmonizing with the gentle round umami.

AOKISHUZO The Sake Brewery Co., LTD. Home page

 

Ryozeki (RYOZEKI CO.,LTD.)

Established 1874 in Yuzawa. It is a city at the southeastern corner of Akita Prefecture, along the border with Yamagata and Miyagi. Yuzawa is one of the heaviest snowy areas in Akita. They created unique brew method by taking advantage of the cold climate.

They are produced by fermenting at low temperature spending a long time utilizeing the cold climate.This fermentation process suppress maximum tempareture of mash. Under these conditions, the action of the yeast and the process of dissolving the rice are retarded, reducing the acidity and resulting in sake with a highly fruity aroma and clean taste.

The unique low-temperature long-term brewing method brews out delicious aroma and smoother texture. Awarded gold in the Daiginjo section of the 2018 ‘Sake That Tastes Good in a Wine Glass’ awards.

RYOZEKI CO.,LTD. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/19 (Thu) – 7/25(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

“Mimurosugi” & “Echigo Sekkoubai” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Mimurosugi, Imanishi Shuzo, from Nara prefecture and Echigo Sekkoubai, HASEGAWA SHUZO, co.,ltd from Niigata prefecture.

Mimurosugi (Imanishi Shuzo)

Although the Miwa area in Nara is said to be the origin of sake brewing in Japan, Imanishi Sake Brewery is the last remaining brewery in the area. After over 350 years, it is still run by the same family. The brewery uses spring water from Mt. Miwa and local rice to make their sake. The current building was constructed 120 years ago and retains its traditional atmosphere.

They insists on small, handmade batches, ensuring that their product remains “old yet new.” It is their pleasure to share their sake with you.

三諸杉 菩提元 純米 Mimurosugi Bodai-moto Junmai 720ml

Bodai-moto is an ancient and complex fermentation starter method.  Currently nine sake breweries produce sake using Bodai-moto including Imanishi Shuzo. Bodai-moto sake generally have acidity and a relatively sweet flavor which brings a deep, rich taste with umami. It can age longer and warmed sake is recommended, but the higher acidity makes it unsuitable for drinking hot. For food paring, oily food like Chinese food or oily tuna (ōtoro) sashimi go well with these kinds of sake.

Imanishi Shuzo Home page

 

Echigo Sekkoubai (HASEGAWA SHUZO, co.,ltd)

HASEGAWA SUZO was founded in the late Edo period. For 170 years, they have continued producing sake in the same location. It is located at Nagaoka-city in the middle part of Niigata prefecture that used to be called “Echigo”. Niigata is blessed with great nature; a long and diverse coastline, fresh green mountains, beautiful rivers, and expansive fertile plains. Production of fine sake requires a good climate and fresh water, which they have in spades here.

HASEGAWA SUZO has been producing Sake in a storehouse which is more than 100years old, and using no air conditioning, the given conditions for brewing are just as same as the old ages. Also, they use the traditional equipments that have been passed down, and brew their sake by experience and skill of their brewer.

越後雪紅梅 吟醸 初聲 吟醸 Echigo Sekkobai Hatsugoe Ginjo720ml

“Hatsugoe” refers to the call of the nightingale in first spring. Made with 100% Koshi Tanrei, a rice produced on contracted farms. The rice is polished into 55% and the method of Kanzukuri (Kanjikomi) that uses Niigata’s naturally low winter temperature without incorporating modern ventilation systems makes taste crispy and dry mouthfeel.

HASEGAWA SHUZO, co.,ltd Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/11 (Wed) – 7/17(Tue)

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒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, 今週の酒と肴

“Zuikan” & “Gokyo” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Zuikan, Yamaoka Shuzo from Hiroshima prefecture, and Gokyo, Sakai Shuzo from Yamaguchi prefecture.

Zuikan (Yamaoka Shuzo )

Zuikan Junmai daiginjo Kimoto 35 is awarded Gold medal in Kura Master 2018 Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category.

【純米大吟醸】【広島】瑞冠(ずいかん) 純米大吟醸 35 山ハイZuikan Junmai daiginjo Kimoto 35 720ml

Sake produced in Hiroshima is characterized by its clean flavor in harmony with a rich fragrance and rich taste. Surrounded by the Chugoku Mountains, the Seto Inland Sea and basins, Hiroshima Prefecture is blessed with a mild climate and produces a variety of different kinds of sake with distinct features, from sweet, to dry, to highly fragrant.

Among many sake-producing regions within the prefecture, Saijo in Higashi-hiroshima City is renowned as one of the three major sake-brewing locations in the country, along with Nada in Hyogo Prefecture and Fushimi in Kyoto Prefecture.

Yamaoka Shuzo Home page

 

Gokyo (Sakai Shuzo)

Sakai shuzo is located in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture.

Here you will find a beautiful, curiously constructed bridge that is one of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges, which Kintaikyo is essentially made from five small bridges connected together in order to make a single massive bridge. The name of Gokyo (Five bridges) comes from Kintaikyo.

Water for brewing is drawn from Yamaguchi prefecture’s largest stream: A Nishiki River underground soft water stream leading to a well inside the brewery. This super soft water makes a feature of Gokyo tender and highly fragrance.

Sakai Shuzo Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/12 (Thu) – 7/18(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

“Taiheizan” & “Wakatsuru” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Taiheizan, KODAMA BREWING Co.,Ltd from Akita prefecture, and Wakatsuru, Wakatsuru Shuzo from Toyama prefecture.

Taiheizan (KODAMA BREWING Co.,Ltd)

Founded in 1879 in Japan’s northern Akita prefecture, the family owned Kodama Brewing Company first produced soy sauce and miso soy bean paste, basic condiments in Japanese cooking, before it began brewing sake in 1913. The centuries old, labor intensive Kimoto method is still used to brew Taiheizan’s pure rice super premium and premium sake. Our sake is being distributed to an increasingly wide international market that includes the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore as well as Japan.

Taiheizan Chogetsu is awarded Platinum Medal in Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category in Kura Master 2018.
Taiheizan Junmai Daiginjo Tenko 20 is awarded Super Premium GOLD in SAKE COMPETITION 2018. This is Seimaibuai 20%. (80% of the sake rice has been polished or milled  away.) The lower the number, the more the rice has been polished, the cleaner and more elegant the flavor. High polishing is difficult to achieve, and it is time consuming, because of that more expensive.

You can buy in amazon Seimaibuai 40% Taiheizan Junmai Daiginjo Tenko.

小玉醸造 太平山 純米大吟醸 天巧 Taiheizan Junmai Daiginjo Tenko 720ml [秋田県]

KODAMA BREWING Co.,Ltd Home page

Wakatsuru (Wakatsuru Shuzo)

Toyama Prefecture is known for the delicious kan-buri amberjack and firefly squid of Toyama Bay, as well as for the Northern Alps, towering some 3,000 meters high. Located to the west, one finds the Tonami Plains and Sankyo-no-Sato village, naturally beautiful and the source of top-quality rice and the pure, clean water of the Shogawa River’s underground streams. It is here that you’ll find the Wakatsuru Sake Brewery, where the perfect ingredients for excellent sake are all to be found.

Since its founding in 1862, Wakatsuru Sake Brewery has been focused on simply making better sake, and continues to do so.

Wakatsuru Shuzo Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/5 (Thu) – 7/11(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

“Fukukomachi” & “Tatsuriki” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Fukukomachi, Kimura Brewery, from Akita prefecture and Tatsuriki, Honda shoten Co., Ltd. from Hyogo prefecture.

Fukukomachi (Kimura Brewery)

Akita, Japan, with its natural resources and climate, was the perfect home for rice agriculture, where the family of Shigenari Kimura, a retainer of feudal lord Hideyori Toyotomi, founded Kimura Brewery in 1615. With the stabilization of rice agriculture during the peaceful Edo period and the prosperity of the local Innai Silver Mine, Kimura Brewery flourished, and many other breweries followed in our footsteps. The arrival of the Ou Main Line by the East Japan Railway in 1905 allowed us to ship our sake beyond our prefecture. For 400 years, we have grown with the changes to our local community and continue to engage in the unique sake brewing which is rooted in our region.

Junmai Daiginjo Fukukomachi

Made with the premium sake rice, Yamadanishiki, which is polished to 40%. Enjoy the rich aroma and elegant flavor at a leisurely pace while the airy sweetness fills your mouth. With a combination of subtlety and noble presence of the finest, this is a beautifully balanced sake. We recommend it as a gift for special occasions. Serving temperature: suzu-hie (59F range).

Kimura Brewery Home page

Tatsuriki (Honda shoten Co., Ltd.)


Tatsuriki Kome no sasayaki Dai ginjo 龍力 米のささやき 大吟醸 720ml

Established 1688. The brewery, Honda shoten is commited to rice their belief based on “Rice Sake has rice taste”. Great quality Daiginjo which made from Japanese No.1 quality rice “Yamadanishiki”

The sake brewing conditions in this area are beyond perfect – the grounds are covered in a fine morning mist, and the soil used to grow the rice is rich in calcium and montmorillonite, and Honda Shoten will only do business with farmers who grow as organically and naturally as possible. The rice is dried naturally, making for high-quality brewing.

Boasts a very light nose of honeysuckle and musk melon, a light to medium body and a gorgeous true depth of flavor, and a clean cut finish.

Honda shoten Co., Ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/4 (Wed) – 7/10(Tue)

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒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, 今週の酒と肴

The 3rd Tokyo Local Sake Fair

You can enjoy sake in all nine breweries across Tokyo, – Ryogoku – Edo NOREN 1F “Tokyo Shouten”. It will be held for 6 days from 26th June to 1st July 2018.
In the last time held in March, 776 people attended for 5 days.

Event overview

The background of “Tokyo Local Sake Fair”
Tokyo as a metropolitan city, symbolized by skyscrapers and advanced technology and culture. In here, there are firmly breathing “the skill of the crafts handed down from generation to generation”, “powerful and beautiful rich nature” and “the culture of the Edo passed down quietly”. The fair will be held with the hope that the customer enjoys and compares the taste sake of traditional Tokyo sake brewery casually and gets to know about Tokyo local sake.

“Tokyo Local Sake Fair” highlights

Taste freely representative brands of 9 breweries sake in Tokyo from the automatic tasting machine which is Kanto area only one.
All you can drink 20 kinds of Junmai / Junmai Gijo!
You can drink 10 kinds of Daiginjo and draft beer 100 yen per one cup.
The bites of Tokyo special products from 200 yen. E.g. Okutama pickled wasabi and Kokugikan Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers).
You can also buy items which your favourite sake and bites.
It is available to bring your own bites.
Special present: Tokyo Shouten original Ochoko (equivalent to 400 yen).

DATE AND TIME

2018/6/26(Tue) – 7/1 (Sun) 11:00-22:00 (Last order 21:00)

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LOCATION

Tokyo Shouten 1F in Edo NOREN

1-3-20 Yokoami Sumida-ku Tokyo

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Access

JR “Ryogoku” station, the location is directly connected to the station

Admission fee

¥1,500 per hour (excluding tax). Extension 30 minutes ¥500 (excluding tax).

Pay at the store counter on the day

Capacity

Especially None (Please wait when it is full)

For more information visit, 東京商店 Instagram

Meishu Center Ochanomizu 1st anniversary

DATE AND TIME

2018/7/8 (Sun)
13:00 – 17:00

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LOCATION

MEISHU CENTER OCHANOMIZU

Lions Plaza Ochanomizu 1F, 1 Chome-2-12, Yushima, Bunkyō-ku, Tokyo

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Access

7 min walk from Akihabara Station
5 min walk from Ochanomizu Station

Ticket

¥2,500
All you can drink for 60 min. One plate snack and origenal Ochoko including.

Contact

meishu2@nihonshu.com
TEL: 03-5207-2420

Web site

For more information visit, 名酒センター御茶ノ水店 一周年感謝祭