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04.05.16:  Gasanryu Hazuki is our new Featured Sake!

04.01.16:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Pink"

03.21.16:  Check out our Top Sake for Spring!

03.20.16:  Happy First Day of Spring!

03.02.16:  Narutotai Ginjo Nama is our new Featured Sake!

03.01.16:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Spring in Northern Country"

02.10.16:  Happy Kindness to Oni Day!

02.05.16:  Happy Birthday Kanpai NY - 7 Years!

02.04.16:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!

02.03.16:  Happy Setsubun - Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!

02.02.16:  Kurosawa Nigori is our new Featured Sake!


  We Love Yumiko Kayukawa  

 Featured Sake... 


Gasanryu Hazuki Junmai Ginjo Nama
Best of 2015: Best Junmai Ginjo Nama Sake
Shindo Shuzo (Yamagata) Est.1870
Very smooth, soft texture, bold, fruity flavor typical of nama (unpasteurized) sake, medium dry, unique rice variety, soft water, slightly lower alcohol content (14%)
Rice: Dewasansan
Seimai Buai: 60%
Acidity: 1.6
SMV: +3










Yumiko Kayukawa's "Pinku (Pink)" is our April image. It is acrylic and ink on canvas (24x16) and is from 2011. The painting features Yumiko's heroine standing in water on a tropical island on a moonlit evening. She is wearing a kimono, which she is holding to keep it above the water. She is joined by a large group of flamingos. The painting is framed on top by several sakura trees, which are dropping petals into the water. It's a beautiful image, which is perfect for the first full month of Spring. The sakura will be blooming throughout the month of April, which means it's time for Ohanami, the annual celebration of Spring and the flowers of Spring. Sakura in full-bloom are one of nature's most beautiful creations. And sitting under them, watching the petals blowing in the wind is always a special experience, if even for just a moment! I'm looking forward to it!  more...







Yumiko Kayukawa, Artist
Favorite Green Tea:
I love basic green tea and hojicha. I love the tea brand Lupicia. Their grapefruit green tea is one of my favorites.
Favorite Fish:
Kinki is the king for me. Rock fish is the name in the U.S., it's a kind of red snapper. Sometimes I recognize the fish isn't kinki after I cooked it. Fish markets here sometimes call it kinki, but it's some other type of snapper. It looks very similar, but the taste is just so different. I am so disappointed by that! Kinki is supposed to have white meat with rich fat. The best way to cook kinki is to stew it with a shoyu based soup. I have to mention my second favorite fish. It's overnight dried tsubodai.  more...


Junmai - "Pure rice" sake; sake that is made from rice, water, koji, and yeast (with no added alcohol).

Ginjo - Sake made from rice that is polished down to at least 60% of its original size.

Seimai Buai - Rice polishing rate; percentage of rice remaining after polishing.

SMV - Sake Meter Value; measurement of how dry (+) or sweet (-) a sake is.  more...




 WE LOVE... 

Sake Cups come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. They are typically ceramic or glass, and in some cases are made of wood or bamboo. The four main types of sake cups are ochoko, guinomi, masu, and sakazuki. The most common (and iconic) type of sake cup is the (tiny) ochoko. Ochoko are the smallest type of sake cup (typically 1-2 ounces). Their small size is meant to encourage the friendly gesture of pouring small amounts of sake for friends or companions (often) throughout a meal. Guinomi look very similar to ochoko, but are typically twice the size (3-4 ounces). Masu are unique among sake cups, because they are square boxes, rather than the typical round cylindrical shape. Masu were once traditionally used to measure rice, and come in standardized sizes.  more...









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