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 NEWS... 

08.01.15:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "New Dawn"

07.29.15:  Added Kurosawa Daiginjo to our sake reviews page!

07.28.15:  Check out our new projects page!

07.27.15:  Introducing The Seven Sake!

07.07.15:  Happy Tanabata - Make a wish!

07.03.15:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!

07.02.15:  Masumi Nanago is our new Featured Sake!

07.01.15:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Tired of Tabi"

06.29.15:  We Love Samurai!

06.23.15:  Check out our Top Sake for Summer!

06.22.15:  We Love Oni!

 


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 Featured Sake... 

 

Masumi Nanago Junmai Daiginjo
Miyasaka (Nagano) Est.1662
Very smooth, elegant, full-bodied flavor with a hint of fruit, slightly higher acidity, made using the yamahai method, which produces rich flavor, slight sweetness
Rice: Miyamanishiki
Seimai Buai: 45%
Acidity: 1.9
SMV: -1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 KANPAI BLOG... 

Yumiko Kayukawa's "Atarashii Asa (New Dawn)" is our August image. It is acrylic and ink on canvas (16x22) and is from 2011. The painting features Yumiko's heroine sitting next to a lake or river, with her feet in the water, on a hot, steamy morning. She appears to have taken on a younger form, and is wearing a simple white dress. She is joined by a female tiger and the tiger's newborn baby, who is sitting in the heroine's lap. There are a group of purple irises in the foreground, framing the bottom of the painting. In the background, a few different types of water birds have gathered, while mist is rising from the water. It's a peaceful image, with the title "New Dawn" referring to both the new day, and the new life that the heroine holds in her lap.  more...

 

 SUMMER HAIKU... 

Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later

A hawk circling
Up in the sky above trees
Calling for its mate

 

 

 

 LATEST REVIEW... 

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...

 INTERVIEW... 

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.
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 SAKE WORDS... 

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... 

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.  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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