“Sanzen” & “Kitanosho” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Sanzen, Kikuchi Sake Brewing Co.,Ltd from Okayama prefecture, and Kitanosho, Funaki Sake Brewery from Fukui prefecture.

Sanzen (Kikuchi Sake Brewing Co.,Ltd)

One of Western Japan’s transportation hubs, Okayama is very conveniently located just 1 hour from Kyoto and about 35 minutes from Hiroshima by Shinkansen. Kurashiki is located in Okayama Prefecture, not far from the prefectural capital of Okayama City. Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period (1603-1867), when the city served as an important rice distribution center.

The roots of Omachi rice is from Okayama Prefecture. Among consumers, there are many fans of sake brewed from Omachi rice as it has a special subtle and smooth flavor. If compared to the dry, crisp sake make from Yamada Nishiki rice, sake made from Omachi rice has a rich, thick flavor.

Kikuchi Sake Brewery began business in 1878. This “Sanzen” and “Kiseki No Osake” brewery stands at a corner of the traditional wholesale district in the Tamashima area of Kurashiki City.

There was one of many port towns for the large, wooden stone-hauling ships that departed from the Bitchu area. Boasting excellent water quality from the Takahashi River valley and together with the superior rice strains Omachi and Yamada Nishiki, quality-oriented is our motto in producing sake the traditional way.

The brewery owner and the brew master To Kikuchi brew “Sanzen”with commitment to quality and a passion for the most excellent sake.

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Sanzen Tokubetsu Junmai Omachi 燦然(さんぜん) 特別純米酒 雄町 720ml

Kikuchi Sake Brewing Co.,Ltd Home page


Kitanosho (Funaki Sake Brewery)

Founded in the Owada district of Fukui City in 1866. It has about 150 years history.

The center of Fukui was once called Kitanosho. Kitanosho Castle, which was said to be one of the biggest castles in Japan at that time, was built by Shibata Katsuie, a military commander during the Warring States Period and a ruler of Echizen province. He concentrated his efforts especially on civil administration. He also worked on the development of the castle town and established the foundation of today’s Fukui City.

There are statues and monuments to a number of historical personages throughout the city.

Using the pure water of Fukui and the nation’s top quality rice in the cool snowy climate, Fukui’s local sake is made with the brewers’ love and skill. Fukui has many kinds of local sake that are unique and rich in flavor.

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Kitanosho Junmai Ginjo Sake “Jungin” 舟木酒造 北の庄 純米吟醸 醇吟 720ml

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2018/09/05 (Wed)~2018/09/11 (Tue) 10:00~20:00

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Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1

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Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

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“Koshi no Hana” & “Chikurin” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Koshi no Hana, KOSHINOHANA SHUZO CO., LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Chikurin, MARUMOTO Sake BREWERY CO.,LTD. from Okayama prefecture.


Koshinohana Shuzo is a small brewery in the Niigata plains. This agricultural region, very snowy and cold in the winter, is one of the most iconic terroir for the production of sake. Founded at the end of the 19th century, koshinohana sake brewery has managed to keep their traditions together with being innovative with very original sakes such as Kawasemi that compliments the multiple award-winning Daiginjos from the brewery.

越の華「超特撰」大吟醸 Koshinohana Chotokusen Daiginjo 720ml

A daiginjo sake with a fragrant aroma and gentle, blooming note. A true delicacy.




Although it is common practice for wine producers to grow their own grapes, it is not so common for sake brewers to grow their own rice — sake’s main ingredient. At their brewery, they grow organic rice with an aim to produce “safe and secure Japanese sake”.

Organic farming is a method that brings out the original cultivation power of the rice field, without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Their product “ORGANIC CHIKURIN ” is made from this organic rice.

In 2009, they have received organic certification from the National Organic Program (NOP) in North America, and in 2010, they became the first Japanese sake brewer to be certified by organic standard in Europe (EC Regulation).

竹林(ちくりん) ふかまり 純米 Chikurin Fukamari (Depth) Junmai 1800ml

The mellow aroma is reminiscent of fragrant trees.Despite the allover dryness, one could faintly trace a dark and smooth sweetness and a satisfying taste of brown, unmilled rice. The more sips that are taken, the more umami is recognised and savored.




2018/7/26 (Thu) – 8/1(Wed) 10:00~20:00

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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

Omachi Summit

Omachi rice, which is the best rice suitable for sake production, was discovered and developed in the Okayama area over 100 years ago. Sake made from Omachi rice is fragrant and has a mellow taste. The “Omachi Summit” which sake brewed by only “Omachi” gathers from all over Japan. You can taste differences by each brewery’s technique, even same sake rice used.

If you are “Omachist”, don’t miss it.

※ Omachist: people fascinated by sake brewed by “Omachi”. Increasing throughout Japan.


2018/7/24 (Tue)
17:30 – 20:00

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Hotel Grand Palace 2F DIAMOND

1 Chome-1-1 Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 102-0072

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“Tozai Line, Kudanshita Station Exit 7, 1min on foot
Hanzomon Line, Shinjuku Line, Kudanshita Station Exit 3a/b 3min on foot
JR Sobu Line, Yurakucho Line, Namboku Line, Oedo Subway Line, Iidabashi Station 7min on foot



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300 ppl

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