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

You can taste Gokyo, Sakai Shuzo from Yamaguchi prefecture, and Aizuchujo, Tsurunoe Shuzo Co.,Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

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.

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Gokyo Junmai Ginjo Saito no Shizuku 五橋 純米吟醸 西都の雫 720ml [山口県]

Elegant Ginjo aroma drifts gently.

 

Aizuchujo (Tsurunoe Shuzo Co.,Ltd.)

Founded 1794. Tsurunoe Shuzo is located on the Nanukamachi-dori street in Fukushima. Nanukamachi-dori Street is a nickname given to a street in Aizu-Wakamatsu City. The street is about 700m from Nanukamachi station. During Edo Period (1603-1868), Aizu-Gokaido road and Yonezawa road passed through the city, which abounded with shops and inns; this prosperity lasted until 1950s.

These days, you can see shops and buildings that built in kurazukuri style and western-style selling lacquerware and local cuisine. Taisho Roman (a trend of thought or cultural events that conveys the atmosphere of the Taisho period.) atmosphere is felt throughout the city.

The brewery is also traditional historical building. Yuri (Lily in Japanese) is characteristic of delicate flavor which is brewed by female Toji. In the brewery, you can taste sake. There are limited sake only you can buy in the brewery.

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Junmai Daiginjo Yori 純米大吟醸「ゆり」720ml 白箱入り特約店浜田屋

DATE AND TIME

2018/09/26 (Wed)~2018/10/02 (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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“Oyama” & “Kuroemon” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Oyama, Kato Kahachiro Shuzo, Co., LTD. from Yamagata prefecture, and Kuroemon, Yukawa Sake Brewery co.,ltd. from Nagano prefecture.

Oyama (Kato Kahachiro Shuzo, Co., LTD.)

Founded in 1872 in Oyama, Tsuruoka city, Yamagata. It is a famous brewing district, and has been called “Little Nada of Tohoku.” Although it is small district, there ware 40 – 50 breweries at peak. However, at the present time only 4 breweries are all that remains including Kato Kahachiro Shuzo.

Designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2014, Tsuruoka is blessed with a diverse food culture thanks to the nature’s bounties brought by an ideal environment and irrigation in the Shonai region.

Thanks to local cuisine such as the local vegetarian Shojin Ryori favoured by the Yamabushi at Dewa Sanzan and the living cultural assets of almost 50 types of heirloom vegetables passed down through the generations, Tsuruoka’s UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) membership in the field of gastronomy is thanks to how its unique, singular food culture has evolved and survived in parallel with other cultural assets, such as Kurokawa Noh and Dewa Sanzan’s mountain area.

Oyama Shinshu Sake Brewery Festival

Every February sees 4 sake breweries (Haneda, Dewanoyuki, Fuji and Kato) in the Oyama area of Tsuruoka open their sake brewery doors to visitors hoping to imbibe the latest batches of sake on offer at each brewery. These include Food stalls ensure there is plenty to eat too for those making the trip.

 

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Oyama Tokubetsu Junmai Tomizu 大山 特別純米酒 十水 とみず 720ml

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Kuroemon (Yukawa Sake Brewery co.,ltd.)

Founded in 1650. Yugawa is located in Kiso Village, Nagano. Kiso Village sits in a valley surrounded by 2,000m tall mountains.

The location of the brewery is at 936 meters above sea level, first or second in Japan depending on how you measure it. This freezing environment is hardly ideal for brewing where the temperature drops to minus 18 degrees Celsius during the intense cold of December to February. However, here and only here in the village of Kiso, sake overflowing with hardiness and kindness is made possible from being cultivated by the tough in the cold brewing technology and know-how.

The village of Kiso is located at the mouth of the Kiso River which flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This bountiful well water used in the early processing stage is a valuable asset blessed by the nature of Kiso and is still preciously used today.

Yugawa Naoko, the 16th generation current family owner, defines their craft as, “tradition that changes with the times and connects us all.” Basing their sake around the flavor of delicious, well-rounded rice with a pure, nimble aftertaste, they produce two brands: Kisoji and 16th generation Kurouemon. Kisoji’s concept is together with the ancient days of Kisoji and from now and into the future, the name remains the same. Kurouemon aims unforgettable sake staying in your memory along with the sensibility of the creators who made it.

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KISOJI Junmaidaiginjo Yamada-nishiki 35 720ml 木曽路 純米大吟醸 山田錦 株式会社湯川酒造店 長野県 杜氏と蔵人の技が凝縮された極上の純米大吟醸

The ginjo aroma is fluity and taste is well-rounded rice with a pure. Nimble aftertaste as well as clear is so great!

Yukawa Sake Brewery co.,ltd. Home page

DATE AND TIME

2018/09/27 (Thu)~2018/10/03 (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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For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール

 

“Hanagaki” & “Kumpeki” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Hanagaki, Nambu Shuzojo from Fukui prefecture, and Kumpeki, Kunpeki Sake Brewery from Aichi prefecture.

Hanagaki (Nambu Shuzojo)

Nambu Shuzojo is located in Ono city, Fukui. It is a castle town located in the Hokuriku region with more than 400-years of history. This town still holds a strong image of a castle town and it is well-known as “Little Kyoto.”

Ono City is surrounded by a magnificent natural environment. It has many mountains including “Arashimadake,” one of the selected “one hundred exquisite mountains of Japan.” Ono City has also been selected as one of the “one hundred exquisite towns with water wells in Japan” designated by the National Land Agency because the city has famous spring water, “Oshozu,” which was selected as one of the “one hundred exquisite waters of Japan.” Ono City’s impressive old scenery and its rich nature is also known as “Yui no Kuni.” Because of that in Ono city, there are 4 sake brewers which have existed for a long time.

Hanagaki Super dry (Chokarakuchi) Junmai is Sake Meter Value (SMV) 12+. The higher number, the drier. This is not added brewing alcohol, It is made by complete fermentation method of brewing. If you are super dry fan, you should try it.

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Hanagaki Junmai Chokarakuchi (Super Dry) 花垣(はながき) 純米酒 超辛口  720ML ≪福井県≫

 

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Kunpeki (Kunpeki Sake Brewery)

Founded in Aichi Japan, Kunpeki Sake Brewery has a history of more than 100 years in sake brewing. It is located in Konan city. In this city, there are 3 sake breweries. They use the Kiso river’s underground flow water for brewing sake.

Their sake is conscientiously prepared and brewed in small batch. Every step of sake making is accomplished by united efforts of the whole family. The yeasts are carefully screened and selected, only the ones that are approved by their master brewer are used for brewing in their brewery.

In Konan, every year from the mid April to early May at the Mandaraji Park, Konan Wisteria Festival is held. Japanese wisteria mesmerize people by its mysterious beauty and fragrance. The wisteria pergolas set up in the park have around 60 wisterias from twelve species ranging from early to late bloomers, and visitors get to enjoy a variety of forms of wisterias, from brightly colored wisterias in purple, crimson, white and so on, and from long, elegant flower clusters to short, pretty wisterias.

If you are to come Japan from mid April to early May, why don’t you enjoy tunnels of wisteria in full bloom while drinking sake?



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Kunpeki Junmai 勲碧 手造り純米酒1800ml

 

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DATE AND TIME

2018/09/20 (Thu)~2018/09/26 (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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For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール