“Kirin” & “Yauemon” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kirin, KAETSU SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Yauemon, YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

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 their sake “Kirin” with their 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.

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Kaetsu Shuzo Homare Kirin Junmai Daiginjo 下越酒造 ほまれ麒麟 純米大吟醸 720ml 化粧箱付

 

Yauemon (YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd.)

Yamatogawa Shuzoten in located in Kitakata, Fukushima. Since the mid-Edo period in 1790, it has brewed sake for nine generations. Using clear Iide Mountain-sourced water, the generations of brewers have put serious effort and passion into brewing sake such as the Yauemon sake.

Fukushima Prefecture is home to the largest number of award-winning sake brands for the sixth year in a row, marking a record in an annual competition. Of course Yamatogawa Shuzoten is also a multi award-winning brewery.

Naturally filtered water from 2105m Iide Mountain – part of a mountain range that is spread out over the three prefectures of Fukushima, Yamagata, and Niigata – is used to make all the sake at Yamatogawa Shuzoten. This pure water produce Kitakata ramen. It is one of the major remen in Japan with Sapporo ramen, Hakata ramen.

There are more than 100 ramen shops in Kitakata. The noodles are particularly unusual. Ramen noodles tend to be thin and straight, but those in Kitakata are fat and wavy, due to the fact that they used to be delivered – fatter noodles didn’t spoil as easily during transportation. They are also slippery and slightly softer. This is because they are takasuimen, which means that a higher percentage of water is added to the flour. It is fun to slurp and chew.

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Yauemon Junmai Daiginjo 純米大吟醸 弥右衛門720ml

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/11 (Thu)~2018/10/17 (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

“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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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

Tasting Niigata sake @ Omotesando N’Espace

Niigata is known as the home of Japanese sake. It has more than 90 different breweries! You can taste Niigata sake in Omotesando by ¥500 at the N’Espace standing bar space. N’Espace is a “beacon” store transmitting the latest information about Niigata by selling food from Niigata, event, tourist information and U-Turn employment information from Omotesando.

The shop offers you selected Niigata sake, Niigata appetizers, craft beer and so on. Sake menu will change on a monthly basis. Always 8 kinds of Sake is waiting for you.

Tanrei Karakuchi

Niigata is famous for a specific type of sake, “Tanrei Karakuchi” or very refined, light and dry.

Water is the key ingredient in making sake. The snow and rain that falls on the tall mountains of Niigata soaks into the earth, forming springs and streams and eventually flowing into the rice fields. This water not only makes the sake delicious, but also enhances the flavor of the rice, the other main ingredient in sake making.

Climate is also an important factor. The winter climate in Niigata is favorable, with the low temperatures that allow sake to ferment and develop.

Water, rice, climate, and exquisite brewing techniques come together to make Niigata sake premium in quality.

LOCATION

N’Espace

4 Chome-11-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

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Access

Tokyo Metro (Ginza Line, Chiyoda Line, Hanzomon Line) “Omotesando Station” 1 minute on foot from A2 Exit

Opening hours

11: 00-19: 00 (excluding event dates)

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