“Nishinomon” & “Harada” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Nishinomon, Yoshinoya from Nagano prefecture, and Harada, Hatsumomiji from Yamaguchi prefecture.

Nishinomon (Yoshinoya)

Yoshinoya Sake Brewery was founded in Kyoto, the business was moved Nagano in 1637. Yoshinoya brewery makes Miso as well, and merely 2 minutes away from Zenkoji Temple which is one of the most important and popular temples in Japan.

Yoshinoya is one of Nagano’s local sake breweries. The sake is produced with local high-quality rice and mountain spring water, creating one of Nagano’s best brews. There is a wide variety of different sorts of sake, as well as Japanese plum wine, their own brand of miso, and non-alcoholic amazake, or sweet sake in English. The best part of visiting Yoshinoya is that you can taste all their produced drinks and foods for free! This is the place to go for sake lovers!

Passing through the Niomon Gate leads to the temple’s shopping street (Nakamise Dori). Here visitors will find a collection of souvenir shops, dealers of buddhist altar fittings, and restaurants. This is an ideal spot to take a break and enjoy treats such as miso flavored ice cream and oyaki dumplings.

If you go to Nagano, don’t miss tasting sake, viewing the brewery and Zenkoji temple.

Yoshinoya Home page



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Harada (Hatsumomiji)

Hatsumomiji is located in Shunan city, Yamaguchi. In the past several years, the light display of industrial complexes have become popular in Japan. You can enjoy the glittering lights of these industrial areas on a night cruise. The Shunan area is famous for this scenery. The Shunan industrial complex is one of the oldest in Japan, with several dozen kilometers of industrial areas facing the gentle waves of the Seto Inland Sea. The flowing smoke from rising smokestacks and illuminated massive tanks and ducts look like something out of a science fiction movie.

Hatsumomiji is founded 1819. However, due to various factors they did not brew sake for 20 years until 2004. They outsourced brewing sake to keep their brand and they did mainly wholesale business. It worked with great efficiency because the brewery is located in the entertainment district.

They restarted brewing sake in 2005. As Hatsumomiji owner won many times in Sake tasting competition in Yamaguchi and also made it to the semi finalist in Japan, he had a confident to make good taste sake. But they did not have equipment and lent the ground floor to an Izakaya at that time.

Most of brewery produce sake from autumn to winter in cold season. However, as Hatsumomiji did not have space, they choose all year round producing style. They use small tanks and small number of people to brew sake. It makes precision control possible, which in turn allows them to brew high-quality sake in small quantities.

Hatsumomiji Home page

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Hatsumomiji Junmai Daiginjo Harada はつもみぢ  純米大吟醸(山田錦) 原田720ml

 

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DATE AND TIME

2018/10/04 (Thu)~2018/10/10 (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

“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

Kato Kahachiro Shuzo, Co., LTD. Home page

 

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

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

 

“Hakuba Nishiki” & “Kagiya” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Hakuba Nishiki, Usui Shoten Inc. from Nagano prefecture, and Kagiya, Seiryo Shuzo from Ehime prefecture.

Hakuba Nishiki (Usui Shoten Inc.)

Founded in 1906.
At the “London Sake Challenge 2013” held in Harrods, London’s renowned department store, this sake brewery won both the Gold and Silver awards, considered the highest honor, for three of their ginjoshu sake varieties for two consecutive years.
The rice used in this brewery is grown by contract farmers who have received the license as a local “eco-friendly farmer.”

白馬錦 大吟醸 麗酒 うららしゅ Hakubanishiki Daiginjo Urarasyu 720ml 薄井商店 【 信州長野の地酒 】

Awarded a Platinum medal in the London Sake Challenge 2018.

Usui Shoten Inc. Home page

 

Kagiya (Seiryo Shuzo)

Founded in 1877, Seiryo Shuzo is located in Saijo City, known as the Capital of Water, in Ehime Prefecture. Primarily utilizing locally sourced Ehime Prefecture cultivated sake rice, Seriyo Shuzo brews sake in the mild winter months with a team of five, including the brewmaster. The brewery motto is “sake is crafted using dreams and heart.” From the rice fields to the bottle, the brewery strives to produce better sake year over year. They seek to put smiles on the faces of everyone who drinks their sake.

伊予賀儀屋 熟成 純米 無濾過 生詰 Iyo Kagiya Junmai Red-label 1800ml

Awarded a Gold medal in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.

Unfiltered Sake. Muroka Sakes skip the Activated Carbon Filtration process after brewing. Kagiya sakes are all unfiltered, so as to ensure retention of the natural Umami of traditional Sake. Light Junmai Ginjo sake clearly retaining rice umami flavors.

Seiryo Shuzo Home page

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/8/9 (Thu) – 8/15(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