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We Love Yumiko Kayukawa
Aoki Shuzo (Niigata) Est.1717
Smooth, floral aroma, elegant, medium bodied flavor with hints of melon and pear, medium dry
Seimai Buai: 48%
We Love Samurai! Today, we wrote about samurai on our "Love" page. The samurai class ruled Japan for almost 700 years (1192-1868). This period spanned three "bakufu" or "shogunates", beginning with the Kamakura Shogunate (1192-1333), followed by the Ashikaga Shogunate (1338-1573), and ending with the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868). Shogun was the hereditary title and position of ruler of Japan. Under the Shogun, Japan was ruled by daimyo (lords), who controlled large territories. The most famous samurai daimyo in Japan's history was Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), who became Shogun in 1603, thus beginning the Tokugawa Shogunate. Interestingly, the samurai class numbered less than 10% of Japan's population. They were known for their severe sense of honor, loyalty, discipline, and self-sacrifice. more...
Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later
Crickets are chirping
Signaling the end of Spring
Summer begins soon
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. 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...
The samurai class ruled Japan for almost 700 years (1192-1868). This period spanned three "bakufu" or "shogunates", beginning with the Kamakura Shogunate (1192-1333), followed by the Ashikaga Shogunate (1338-1573), and ending with the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868). Shogun was the hereditary title and position of ruler of Japan. Under the Shogun, Japan was ruled by daimyo (lords), who controlled large territories. The most famous samurai daimyo in Japan's history was Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543-1616), who became Shogun in 1603, thus beginning the Tokugawa Shogunate. He moved Japan's capital from Kyoto to Edo (Tokyo), and his family ruled Japan until 1868. Ieyasu was a prominent leader during the notorious Sengoku period (1467-1603), which was the most significant samurai period, marked by a power struggle among Japan's daimyo that lasted almost 150 years. more...
VIDEO OF THE MONTH...
MY SAKE CUP...
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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