“Sogen” & “Izumibashi” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro


You can taste Sogen, Sogen Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd. from Ishikawa prefecture, and Izumibashi, Izumibashi Sake Brewery Co., Ltd. from Kanagawa prefecture.

Sogen (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.”

Community vitalization by Sogen Sake Brewery

Like many other country regions of Japan, Oku-Noto struggles with a dwindling population and economy. One consequence was the closing in 2005 of the Noto Line which connected the lower and upper portions of Noto.

In 2013, Sogen acquired and restored a portion of the Noto Line rail and tunnel. It was part of a regional initiative, the “Oku-Noto Area Vitalization Project”, whose goal was to reinvigorate the local communities.

When the restoration was completed, Sogen launched Notoro, a self pedaled trolley. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a ride on this trolley and the scenic views it offers along the coastline. You can also take nostarsic photos walking on the rail tracks like a “Stand by me” film.

The tunnel section of the line was also restored and is now used exclusively for sake storage. The natural ambient temperature of 12℃ is ideal for aging, and gives the sake a more mellow and deeper taste.

Sogen Sake Brewery Co.,Ltd. Home page

 

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Sogen Junmai Daiginjo 宗玄 純米大吟醸 720ml

 


Izumibashi (Izumibashi Sake Brewery Co., Ltd.)

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 agrochemicals to 60% of allowable level.

The red dragonfly, the symbol of Izumibashi, likes 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 Co., Ltd. Home page

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Izumibashi Kuro Tonbo(dragonfly) – Ki-moto –いづみ橋 黒蜻蛉 生もと 純米酒 泉橋酒造 720ml 神奈川

 

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/25 (Thu)~2018/10/31 (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

“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

KANO SYUZOU CO.,LTD. Home page

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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Azakura Co.,Ltd. Home page

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

“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

Google map

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