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05.21.15:  We Love Kimono!

05.20.15:  Photos from Hisashi Kobayashi of Musashino!

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05.15.15:  We Love Koi!

05.07.15:  We Love Bonsai!

05.05.15:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!

05.03.15:  Odawara Hojo Godai Matsuri

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

05.01.15:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Journey of Butterfly"

04.30.15:  Added new products to the Kanpai Store!

04.28.15:  We Love Momiji!


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 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










We Love Kimono! Today, we wrote about kimono on our "Love" page. Kimono are the iconic traditional clothing of Japan. Kimono have been worn by both women and men in Japan for more than a thousand years, and are still commonly worn today (although usually reserved for special occasions). Kimono are essentially robes, which are tightened by a sash called an obi. Traditionally, women's kimono are made of brightly colored silk. When I think about kimono, the first word that comes to mind is "beautiful". Beautiful is probably the word that comes to mind for most people, which is why kimono are so popular. They are simply beautiful. And they are also a lasting reminder of Japan's unique traditions and history.  more...



Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later

Delicate blossoms
Petals falling from the tree
Covering the ground





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... 

Kimono are the iconic traditional clothing of Japan. Kimono have been worn by both women and men in Japan for more than a thousand years, and are still commonly worn today (although usually reserved for special occasions). Kimono are essentially robes, which are tightened with a sash called an obi. The left side always wraps over the right side, and the obi is tied in the back. Women's kimono are traditionally handmade of brightly colored silk, with hand-dyed patterns. Men's kimono are traditionally more subdued and made of dark or neutral colors. A more casual form of kimono called yukata is more commonly worn today, and is made of cotton. Yukata were originally designed as after-bathing-wear for onsen and ryokan, but are now worn as everyday clothing, especially in Summer.  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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