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04.14.15:  We Love Ume!

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04.07.15:  We Love Sakura!

04.04.15:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!

04.03.15:  Check out our new Video of the Month from Masumi!

04.02.15:  Kikusui Funaguchi is our new Featured Sake!

04.01.15:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Country of Cherry Blossom"

03.26.15:  Added Hario products to the Kanpai Store!


  We Love Yumiko Kayukawa  



 Featured Sake... 


Kikusui Funaguchi Ichiban Shibori
Kikusui (Niigata) Est.1881
Bold, full-bodied, fruity flavor with a hint of banana, tastes almost like a liqueur because of the higher alcohol content (19%), slightly sweet, comes in a can
Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Seimai Buai: 70%
Acidity: 1.6
SMV: -2










The sakura are finally blooming! All of a sudden the sakura are here, and it seems like they're everywhere I look! After keeping us waiting for a moment, they all appeared at once as they always do in late April (right on schedule). There's something magical about a tree full of little white and pink flowers. It's a beautiful sight to see! That means it's time for Ohanami! We had a great Ohanami at The New York Botanical Garden yesterday, where there is a spectacular display of sakura! The NYBG is one of the best places to see sakura in NY. They have over 200 sakura trees all over the property, and we counted about 5 or 6 different varieties of sakura. Our favorite are the Yoshino sakura, which produce almost pure white blossoms.  more...



Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later

Sakura are here
White and pink flowers blooming
Time for Hanami!





Sushi Seki
1143 First Ave. (bet. 62 & 63 St.), New York, NY 10065, 212-371-0238
Sushi Seki, also located in the UES, is a popular sushi restaurant where you can enjoy top-notch sushi late into the night (they're open until 3:00 AM). Chef Seki was previously a chef at Sushi of Gari, and specializes in a similar style of creative sushi. The decor is somewhat eclectic, and the staff is very friendly (and happy to offer suggestions). Try the spicy scallop roll, which is their most popular sushi roll, and is a great example of traditional-looking sushi that's done in a creative way. They have a large (and interesting) sake selection, which suits the creative sushi and eclectic decor perfectly. Come here when you want great sushi in a fun, casual atmosphere.  more...


Toshiaki Kojima, SakeStory
Toshiaki Kojima is the vice president of marketing at SakeStory, a sake and shochu importer that was founded in 2005. SakeStory is a family-owned company that represents 11 sake breweries and 4 shochu distilleries from 12 prefectures. Toshi-san is involved in everything from establishing and managing relationships with breweries and distilleries in Japan to marketing and sales in the U.S.
1. Can you tell us about some of your sakes that are available here in NY?
Sure, I would be glad to.
Junmai Daiginjo Kura "Master's Pride" (Kitsukura Brewery, Nagano)
The Kura is a very refined daiginjo, but with solid textures and a multi-layered flavor profile. The subtle but beautiful sake aroma is followed by razor smooth, slightly earthy, but yet dignified flavor. Fantastic when paired with fresh seafood, raw bar, sushi and caviar.


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... 

Kiku (chrysanthemums) are Japan's third most iconic flower, although residents of Kyoto may place it higher. Unlike most flowers which appear in Spring, kiku are unique because they bloom in September and October, signaling the beginning of Fall. The flowers come in many sizes and colors, including white, yellow, orange, pink, and red. In Japan, kiku are cultivated in painstaking fashion to create large and elaborate displays of kiku, unlike any of the "mums" you see here in the U.S. Kiku are particularly important in Japan because they symbolize the Emperor's family, and a single kiku flower is the Emperor's family crest.  more...







Toshiaki Kojima, SakeStory
Hahaha…please see attached images. This is my personal ochoko, where the bottom of the sake cup is in the shape of a cone (like a toy top that kids play with)…Yes, this is a sake cup that no one is able to put back down on the table, once the sake has been poured (otherwise, it will topple and spill)!! One just needs to keep it in their hand and drink whatever is in the cup before they can put it back down!!  more...







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