“Tamanohikari” & “Kinryo” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Tamanohikari, TAMANOHIKARI Sake Brewing Co., Ltd. from Kyoto prefecture, and Kinryo, NISHINOKINRYO CORP. from Kagawa prefecture.

Tamanohikari (TAMANOHIKARI Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.)

A district in southern Kyoto that’s most known for Fushimi Inari Shrine and its endless red torii (gates), the area also has an abundance of underground water rich in potassium and calcium — perfect for making sake. As Fushimi developed into a castle town after Toyotomi Hideyoshi began constructing his own nearby, sake breweries opened to take advantage of the high-quality water and increasing population. By the mid-1600s, there were more than 80 breweries in the area. Now there are 17 sake breweries and Tamanohikari Sake Brewing is located in here as well.

Water for Sake in Fushimi Kyoto all come from this silent shrine, Gokonomiya. Since 862 Gokonomiya Shrine has been famous for its natural spring water, which was said to have a particularly pleasant aroma. The water is said to have both healing and protective qualities, and of course it is considered one of the top 100 natural water sources in the country.

Take a Jukkokubune, or flat-bottomed boat, down the river that winds through the small town. These boats once transported nihonshu (sake) and rice to Osaka and now provide an ideal vantage point from which to see the old breweries. You can enjoy the scenery of the sake breweries from the water.

You can taste 17 breweries sake at once in Fushimi Sakagura Kouji (Fushimi Sake Village). As soon as you enter the bar, the first one you will find Fushimi Brand sake is displayed in front of 23m long standing bar counter. You shouldn’t miss the delicious foods there as well.

If you are in Kyoto November, 17th. Don’t miss Sake Matsuri in Fushimi in Otesuji st.

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Tasting Kyoto sake set Tamanohikari and more 300ml 5 bottles【金賞受賞酒】ギフト 京都 酒蔵厳選 日本酒 飲み比べ セット300ml 5本 玉乃光 他

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Kinryo (NISHINOKINRYO CORP.)

Founded in 1658. Kinryo is located in Kotohira, one of Japan’s most culturally rich towns. Kotohira is a town located in Nakatado District, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. The town is best known as the site of Shikoku’s largest shrine complex, the Kotohira Shrine (popularly known as Konpira-san).

It stands at over 500m above sea level, halfway up Mount Zozu. To reach the shrine you have to climb an extremely long path, which comprises of 1,368 steps. The area around the shrine is crowded with many shops such as cafes, teahouses, souvenir shops and udon restaurants. You can rent a walking stick and go for a stroll or take a ride in a “kago” palanquin and enjoy the sights as you are carried around. Once you reach the top there are places to rest and eat. The views from the top are great too.

Kinryo has three main storage houses. The second storage house faces the ‘Sandoguchi’ (main approach to the Kotohira shrine). This facility is approximately 2900m2. The Kinryo Museum has been created here so visitors can see in detail how the original manufacturing facility worked. The walls have been kept white to recreate the true atmosphere of the sake producing rooms. Visitors leave a vivid image of the original sake production at Kinryo after viewing all ancient sake making tools, genuine exhibits, life size models, audio visual information, a sake tasting opportunity and a relaxing rest under the shade of an 800 years old camphor tree.

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Kirameki Kinryo Junmai Daiginjo 煌金陵 純米大吟醸 720ml

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DATE AND TIME

2018/08/29 (Wed)~2018/09/04 (Tue) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

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

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“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.



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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



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DATE AND TIME

2018/8/30 (Thu) – 9/5(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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Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

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“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.

Jokigen (KANO SYUZOU CO.,LTD. )

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

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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



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DATE AND TIME

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

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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

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For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴