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03.26.15:  Added Hario products to the Kanpai Store!

03.21.15:  Check out our Top Sake for Spring!

03.20.15:  Happy First Day of Spring!

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03.13.15:  Added Kutani Yaki to the Kanpai Store!

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03.08.15:  Added new books to the Kanpai Store!

03.07.15:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!

03.06.15:  Added "Japanese Wolf" to the Kanpai Store!


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 Featured Sake... 


Masumi Arabashiri Junmai Ginjo
Miyasaka (Nagano) Est.1662
Bold, full-bodied, fruity flavor typical of
nama sake, slightly higher acidity, slightly
sweet, slightly higher alcohol content
Rice: Miyamanishiki, Hitogokochi
Seimai Buai: 55%
Acidity: 2.0
SMV: -1.5









We went for a walk this evening as the light was turning from dusk to dark. We visited the koi pond, and stood there watching the dark, still water, and listening to the melodic sound of the stream entering the pond. A couple of the silver/white koi eventually came to the surface to say hello, before disappearing again into the darkness. At that moment we looked up at the sky. It was getting dark, but there was a hint of blue/light in the sky. The moon seemed to be a little bit bigger than the half-moon last night. And there were three bright "stars" in the sky, which are actually planets. One of them (Jupitor) is sitting directly below the moon. A little while later we looked up at the sky again, and it was now full of stars. We saw Orion's Belt, which is a line of three stars, for the first time in a long time! It's been a while since I looked up at the sky and identified the constellations.  more...



Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later

It's finally Spring
Let's all look for sakura
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...











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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