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Fugu Fear Factor

After my fantastic introduction to the production process at Dassai, Mr. Sakurai Sr. and Mr. Sakurai Jr took me out for a fantastic all-blowfish dinner. Known as "Fugu" in Japanese, yes... it is that deadly, poisonous fish. Yeah, that's the…
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Visit to Dassai Brewery

I was honored to receive an invitation to visit Asahi Brewery, makers of the delicious Dassai Brand Sake located in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The beautiful Sakurai Family generously opened their home and their business to this curious American/fledgling…
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“We Love Sake” Takenotsuyu Tasting

After my morning and afternoon of sipping and spitting sake at the Kyoto Sake Samurai sake tasting, I dashed off to Chion-in Temple by Taxi and tried to find my way to the sake tasting dinner. My hosts were gallantly looking for me on the vast…
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Kyoto Sake Samurai Sake Tasting

Day 2 of the Sake Samurai events had me up early to head off to a very large sake tasting connected to the Sake Samurai Association. I felt pretty good after last night but was in for a long day of tasting... and we were starting early - 10AM!…
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Sake Samurai Ceremony

On Oct 19th, 2007, my first full day in Japan, I had the honor of being named a Sake Samurai by the Japan Brewer's Association's Jr Council. Ok, this experience was definitely once in a lifetime. The day started with my arrival by taxi at…
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Sake Samurai!

Tomorrow, I'm leaving on a jet plane for my first ever trip to Japan. That statement, in and of itself, is exciting. However, when I think about why I'm going to Japan, words can't quite express what I feel. In short, I've been invited…
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Sushi Yasuda

Scott took me out for a special dinner and we went to perhaps the most well known sushi restaurant in New York: Sushi Yasuda. Because it's such a famous temple to the art of sushi, it's been on my "must try" list for a long time. What amazing…
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I Have a Dream… Sake Day 2007

October 1 is International Sake Day a.k.a. "Sake No Hi". Even I will admit Sake Day is not yet as well known as other Hallmark-type holidays such as Valentines Day or Groundhog Day... but I have a dream, people! One day, Sake No Hi will rank…