The 10th Yamaguchi Jizake Ishin

Taste 20 breweries from Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is a prefecture in Japan’s Chugoku region, on the southwest side of Honshu Island.

Quiet and rural yet historically significant, Yamaguchi Prefecture was home to the samurai clan that shaped modern Japan. Hagi City in the old domain’s capital hosts one of the most beautifully preserved castle towns in Japan. Yamaguchi is also renowned for stunning natural scenery, including Akiyoshi-do—the largest limestone cavern in the country.

Yamaguchi is where Dassai, one of the most popular brands of sake, is brewed. It is also home to other delicious sake brands and local dishes.

Blessed with abundant natural gifts, this region has a wealth of ingredients, including seafood, with a gourmet culture that has flourished since ancient times. For example, fugu dishes (puffer fish), a representative Japanese winter delicacy, are a local specialty.

In Yamaguchi puffer fish is referred to as “fuku”, rather than the traditional Japanese word “fugu.” There’s actually a deeper meaning behind the local name- in Yamaguchi, fuku is thought of as a fish that brings happiness, and so the fish became known as “fuku” (or “happiness”) in Yamaguchi.

You can taste Yamaguchi Sake with Yamaguchi sea food dinner, of course “fuku” included.

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19:00 – 21:00 (Reception start 18:30)

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10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, 112-8680 Tokyo

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Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line “Edogawabashi Station” 10 min walk from exit 1a


¥8,000 (500ppl)

Sit-down dinner is provided individually. Complimentary Gift included.

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e-plus Reservation required 

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For more information visit, 山口県酒造組合

“Eikofuji” & “Gangi” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Eikofuji, Fuji Shuzo from Yamagata prefecture, and Gangi, Yaoshin Shuzo from Yamaguchi prefecture.

Eikofuji (Fuji Shuzo)

Yamagata is one of the most prized sake-making regions in Japan, known for its fruity, aromatic, light and clean ginjo and daiginjo sake. An impressive 60% of the sake made in Yamagata is Ginjo level and above, the highest percentage of any prefecture in Japan. There are about 50 breweries in Yamagata, all of which are small and artisanal.

Fuji Shuzo is located in Tsuruoka, Yamagata. Tsuruoka City is one of the major cities in Yamagata Prefecture’s Shonai area along the coast of the Sea of Japan. In addition to bordering the Sea of Japan, the Shonai plains produce one of the best rice crops in Japan, and the Shonai area is home to the three mountains of the Dewa Sanzan, Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan, and Mt. Yudono. The rich natural blessings of the sea, mountains, and plains make Shonai a wonderful place for Sake.

The rice cultivated in Shonai region has been proven to contain more umami taste than any other kind of rice by Keio University in 2014. Hence, the sake brewed from this rice is taste-rich and has a particular aftertaste that will delight any sake enthusiast.

Eikofuji, which means “Glorious Mount Fuji” in honor of Japan’s most beloved symbol. Striving to attain the same height in perfection, every sake is brewed with pure-hearted skill and collaborative effort.

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山形のお酒、栄光冨士 純米 庄内平野 Eikofuji Junmai Shonai heiya 720ml(四合)瓶 化粧箱入

Used typical Yamagata table rice “Haenuki”.
Gorgeous ginjo aroma. Soft texture Umami particular table rice.
As the name indicates, a refreshing feeling and freshness fluty taste and a pleasant finish.

Fuji Shuzo Home page


Gangi (Yaoshin Shuzo)

Yaoshin Shuzo is located beside the river mouse of Nishiki River in Yamaguchi prefecture. Gangi means the special pier to land sake brewery rice comes from the upstream of river.

In ancient time, it was common to transport brewery rice through the river. Yaoshin Shuzo has experience one huge hard time caused from the change of natural environment. Through this experience, they have understood the greatness of nature, and decided to produce only produce Junmai type sake.

“Don’t put any additional ingredients and too much hands of human” is Yaoshin Shuzo policy. They know the nature is greater than human being and sake is the gift from nature. What only human needs to do is organizing the environment to let nature bring their potential out and selecting the rice and water suit with the brewing environment of Gangi.

Especially, water is the key factor of Gangi style. Yaoshin Shuzo have experienced a serious problem caused from water, so that they know the importance of water more than other breweries.

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These two Gangi awarded Platinum Medals in the Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category at the Kura Master 2018.

雁木 純米大吟醸 鶺鴒(がんぎせきれい)Gangi Junmai Daiginjo Sekirei 720ml 化粧箱入


2018/08/15 (Wed)~2018/08/21 (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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Directly connect
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

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For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴

“Zuikan” & “Gokyo” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Zuikan, Yamaoka Shuzo from Hiroshima prefecture, and Gokyo, Sakai Shuzo from Yamaguchi prefecture.

Zuikan (Yamaoka Shuzo )

Zuikan Junmai daiginjo Kimoto 35 is awarded Gold medal in Kura Master 2018 Junmai Daiginjo & Junmai Ginjo category.

【純米大吟醸】【広島】瑞冠(ずいかん) 純米大吟醸 35 山ハイZuikan Junmai daiginjo Kimoto 35 720ml

Sake produced in Hiroshima is characterized by its clean flavor in harmony with a rich fragrance and rich taste. Surrounded by the Chugoku Mountains, the Seto Inland Sea and basins, Hiroshima Prefecture is blessed with a mild climate and produces a variety of different kinds of sake with distinct features, from sweet, to dry, to highly fragrant.

Among many sake-producing regions within the prefecture, Saijo in Higashi-hiroshima City is renowned as one of the three major sake-brewing locations in the country, along with Nada in Hyogo Prefecture and Fushimi in Kyoto Prefecture.

Yamaoka Shuzo Home page


Gokyo (Sakai Shuzo)

Sakai shuzo is located in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture.

Here you will find a beautiful, curiously constructed bridge that is one of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges, which Kintaikyo is essentially made from five small bridges connected together in order to make a single massive bridge. The name of Gokyo (Five bridges) comes from Kintaikyo.

Water for brewing is drawn from Yamaguchi prefecture’s largest stream: A Nishiki River underground soft water stream leading to a well inside the brewery. This super soft water makes a feature of Gokyo tender and highly fragrance.

Sakai Shuzo Home page


2018/7/12 (Thu) – 7/18(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