“Mansaku no hana” & “Ichinokura” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Mansakunohana, Hinomaru Jozo Co., Ltd. from Akita prefecture, and Ichinokura, Ichinokura Co.,Ltd. from Miyagi prefecture.

Mansaku no hana (Hinomaru Jozo Co., Ltd.)

Hinomaru Jozo is located in Masudamachi, in Yokote city in the picturesque snow country of Akita, Japan. Akita has long, harsh, snowy winters. In the height of the winter season, Hinomaru Jozo’s touji (sake master) Ryoji Takahashi can be found with his hands buried deep in cold, mashed rice, preparing it for fermentation.

Like many older breweries and distilleries, Hinomaru Jozo follows traditions that date back to when it was first founded almost 330 years ago, in 1689. Something the Hinomaru Brewery is proud of is the usage of the “rising sun” imagery, 200 years prior to its official association with the Japanese flag and government. The logo and name were created by the feudal leader of the region at the time: Lord Satake.

But there is more to a distillery than a name and a logo. Their motto, coupling “quality first” with “challenging spirit,” reflects the rigorous process involved in concocting the perfect sake mix. Still to this day, everything is done by hand: the rice growing, harvesting, mashing, steaming, transferring, and bottling. One of the key elements that helps Hinomaru’s sake stand out is the usage of small, 1.8-liter bottles to store and age the sake, as opposed to more common practice of storing and aging sake in massive, 500 to 1000–liter barrels at other breweries. There is no better example of Hinomaru’s quality nihonshu than the Mansakuno Hana brand: named for the mansakuno flower and created to commemorate a popular NHK TV drama that was set in Akita, it can be found at restaurants around the world. An even more refined variety of this sake is the Mansakuno Hana Daiginjo, whose beautiful pale gold color matches its fruity aroma—like that of apples or pears.

The Akita snow is a crucial indirect ingredient: keeping the building cold and frosty creates a specific flavor and texture known only to Hinomaru’s brand-name sake. A crisp, sweet, fruity winter taste dominates their flavor profiles, and complements the famous sour pickled vegetables of the north. Winter in Akita is suddenly much less cold when it’s paired with a bottle of sake from Hinomaru Jozo.

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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Ichinokura (Ichinokura Co.,Ltd.)

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.

Naruko Gorge is in Osaki city. A large ravine surrounded by trees and rocky mountains that is 2.5km in length and 100m deep. In addition to the fresh green of spring to early summer, the autumn foliage from mid-October to mid-November is especially superb. There is an approximately 2.5km walking trail stretching from the entrance on the Naruko side to the Nakayamadaira entrance, where there is a viewing platform with an exquisite view. There are various walking paths and a train that goes through the gorge.

To relax in an onsen (hot spring bath) among breathtaking nature, Naruko area. Sake made in Miyagi Prefecture is the top class in Japan. You can taste Miyagi sake staying in ryokan (traditional Japanese inns).

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Ichinokura Tokubetsu Junmai Sweet Dry Super Dry 720ml×3 bottle set 一ノ蔵 特別純米酒 甘口 辛口 超辛口 日本酒飲み比べセット 720ml×3本

DATE AND TIME

2018/11/14 (Wed)~2018/11/20 (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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“Chiyonokame” & “Kawanakajima Gembu” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro


You can taste Chiyonokame, CHIYONOKAME-SHUZO INC. from Ehime prefecture, and Kawanakajima Gembu, SHUSEN KURANO INC. from Nagano prefecture.

Chiyonokame (CHIYONOKAME-SHUZO INC.)

CHIYONOKAME SHUZO is located in Uchiko, Ehime, was founded in 1716. Uchiko is a charming historic town and easily accessible via a 25-min train ride from Matsuyama. Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Japan’s Shikoku Island.

From the Edo period (1603-1867) to the Meiji period (1868-1912) the Yokaichi & Gokoku Historic District Preservation Zone prospered as a manufacturing centre of vegetable wax. From the district’s acquired fortune came the construction of many solid, elegant houses. The ground breaking preservation movement of the historic district in Uchiko began in 1972. In 1982, Uchiko became the first town in Shikoku to have one of Japan’s designated Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

Although they have 300 years history, they do not get stuck in the past, keep trying new challenge. Recently Chiyonokame has begun to cultivate sake rice with contracted local farmer and try not to use excessive pesticide. In order to deepen understanding of rice, they also participates from rice planting. To make delicious sake, strict hygiene management and precise temperature control are essential. They store sake under the air-conditioning system in modern clean storage.

Rifu is a robust, dry sake with a mellow aroma reminiscent of fresh pear. Rifu was served at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival reception party and received high praise from guests.

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Chiyo no Kame junmai ginjo Green label 千代の亀 純米吟醸 (緑ラベル) 1800ml

 

 

Kawanakajima Gembu (SHUSEN KURANO INC.)

Sake Brewery, SHUSEN KURANO was founded in Kawanakajima, Nagano, in 1540. Kawanakajima is blessed with beautiful nature and clear spring water. Shusen-kurano is one of the oldest Sake breweries in Japan with a long history of more than 460 years. One of the major wars, the Battle of Kawanakajima, was fought in here during the civil war period, the Sengoku of Japan in the 16th century. Most likely, famous samurai generals such as TAKEDA Shingen and UESUGI Kenshin tasted their sake.

The Sengoku was a century-long period of political upheaval and warlordism in Japan, lasting from the Onin War of 1467–77 through the reunification of the country around 1598. It was a lawless era of civil war, in which the feudal lords of Japan fought one another in endless plays for land and power. Although the political entities that were fighting were actually just domains, the Sengoku is sometimes referred to as Japan’s “Warring States” Period.

Kenshin is sometimes referred to as “The Dragon of Echigo” because of his fearsome skills in the martial arts displayed on the battlefield. His rival Takeda Shingen was called “The Tiger of Kai”.

Takeda Shingen was an ideas man, an exceptional general famous for his tactical genius, and his innovations. He was an asset to his father from an early age, playing a major role in the Battle of Un no Kuchi in 1536, at the age of just 15. When his father, for some unknown reason, announced his second son as heir, Shingen led a bloodless coup, sending his father into custodial retirement. As undisputed leader of the Takeda clan, he commenced his expansionist policies, seeing action in the Battle of Sezawa, the sieges of Uehara, Kuwabara and Fukuyo, Battles of Ankokuji, Odaihara, Shiojiritoge etcetera, and the famed series of Battles of Kawanakajima against Uesugi Kenshin.

Kenshin was one of the most powerful daimyos of the Sengoku period. While chiefly remembered for his prowess on the battlefield, Kenshin is also regarded as an extremely skillful administrator who fostered the growth of local industries and trade; his rule saw a marked rise in the standard of living of Echigo. He was also known as a heavy drinker.

Kenshin’s death poem was: 四十九年一睡夢 一期栄華一盃酒

Even a life-long prosperity is but one cup of sake; A life of forty-nine years is passed in a dream; I know not what life is, nor death. Year in year out-all but a dream. Both Heaven and Hell are left behind; I stand in the moonlit dawn, Free from clouds of attachment.

The Battle of Kawanakajima became one of the most cherished tales in Japanese military history, the epitome of Japanese chivalry and romance, mentioned in epic literature, woodblock printing and movies.

Once the location of the headquarters of the army of Shingen Takeda during the Battle of Kawanakajima, Hachimanpara today is opened to the public as a historic park filled with greenery. 12,000 ㎡ of artificially made hills covered with grass, the murmur of the brook with arranged natural rocks, and an arbor with a classical thatched roof are some of the qualities that bring relaxation to the locals. Adjoining to the City Museum, the old battlefield of Kawanakajima and Hachimansha, it is the best spot to enjoy the historic walk.

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DATE AND TIME

2018/11/07 (Wed)~2018/11/13 (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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“Hanzo” & “Yoshinogawa” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro


You can taste Hanzo, Ota Sake Brewery from Mie prefecture, and Yoshinogawa, Yoshinogawa co,Ltd from Niigata prefecture.

Hanzo (Ota Sake Brewery)

Currentry, there are 34 sake brewaries in Mie. The sake produced in Mie’s breweries always performs well in the Annual Japan Sake Awards and other contests, and its delicious taste is gaining increasing attention. The reasons why it tastes so delicious are Mie’s rich food culture rooted in the locality, its climate, clear spring water, and high-quality sake rice. Based on these factors, the breweries produce a variety of high-quality sake that complements well with all kinds of cuisine.

The products of Ota Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. are largely hand-made according to traditional production techniques. The brew master, or “Toji”, is the most important person in the brewing process. He controls the quality of the sake by deciding at what temperature the fermentation process takes place. He also supervises all the other workers. The most important period in the sake making process is from November to April, since the low winter temperatures benefit the sake quality.

During this time, the brew master is always present in the brewery, continuously checking the temperature of the raw sake, even during the night. Many experienced brew masters are originally from the Tohoku area of Northern Honshu.

The brew master at Ota Sake Brewery Co., Ltd., Mr. Hisamitsu Fujii, 71, comes from Iwate Prefecture, also located in Tohoku, and is a member of the “Nambu Toji” Brew Master Guild. His skills, combined with 50 years of sake making know-how at Ota Sake Brewery Co., Ltd., where management and staff is working together as a team with the determination to only produce the highest quality.

Hanzo Junmai Daiginjo was selected for G7 Ise-Shima Summit. Because of that Hanzo Junmai Daiginjo Yamadanishiki Migaki 40 (Seimaibuai 40%) was short supply.

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Hanzo Junmai Daiginjo 【Kami No Ho】大田酒造 半蔵 純米大吟醸 神の穂 720ml

Exclusively made with the “Kami No Ho” variety of sake rice, especially developed over 12 years for the Mie area, which was described as “God’s country” in Japanese legends. It features a fresh, particularly smooth flavor, the way sake should taste.

Rice: Kami No Ho
Seimaibuai (The degree of polishing rice): 50%
The degree of Sake: +2
Alcohol: 15%
How to serve: Under 15℃ is good, but best is chilled at 7-10℃
Suitable for both Japanese and Western style meal

 


Yoshinogawa (Yoshinogawa co,Ltd)

Yoshinogawa is located in Settaya, Nagaoka city, Niigata. Nagaoka is famous for Fireworks. The Nagaoka Festival is held from August 1st to August 3rd around the Shinano River. Its main attractions are the portable shrine float parades and folk dance processions during the day with large-scale fireworks displays in the evening on the final two days. It is one of the three great fireworks festivals of Japan.

It is said that over 1 million spectators attend over the three days every summer. It is really a big event, you need an early reservation for transport and accommodation.



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Settaya is a village in Niigata known for many years as a place specializing in fermentation. There are swarms of breweries such as Sake, Mirin (sweet sake; used as seasoning) and Soy sauce in the 500 square meters and you can see many wooden and old style buildings. On of the old building has existed ever since the Edo period. This quaint town still retains the atmosphere of old bygone days.

Mikuni Kaido (三国街道) was an ancient highway in Japan that stretched from Takasaki-juku (present day Gunma Prefecture) on the Nakasendo to Teradomari-juku (present day Niigata Prefecture) on the Hokuriku Kaido. Settaya area was along the Mikuni Kaido and convenient location in Edo period. Moreover, there were abundance of high quality underground water from Ota river and Shinano river also produced rice and soybeans. Therefore sake, miso and soy sauce brewing industries developed in this area.

Yoshinogawa is founded in 1548. It is the oldest brewery in Niigata where the one of Japan’s leading sake producing areas. They have 470 years brewing history.

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Ginjo Gokujo Yoshinogawa 吟醸 極上吉乃川 720ml

 

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/11/08 (Thu)~2018/11/14 (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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