San Jose: Sake San Jose Sake Benefit

Sake San Jose!


Event Organiser’s Description:
Yu-Ai Kai’s Fifth Annual Sake San Jose event will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010. Last year, more than one thousand sake tasters embarked upon the streets of our historic Japantown San Jose for what has become one of the most anticipated fundraisers of the year. This year’s opening ceremony will feature a ceremonial cask-breaking and a lively performance by San Jose Taiko. More than twenty Japantown businesses will host a pouring station, where Yu-Ai Kai volunteers will offer samples of sake made both in Japan and domestically. Entertainment groups, such as Wesley Jazz Ensemble, Aunty Sandy’s Hula Group, and the Marimokai koto players will add to the evening’s festive atmosphere.

This event has come to mean different things to different people. To some, Sake San Jose offers a time to reconnect with old friends, while congo drums beat in the background. To others, it is an introduction to one of the three remaining Japantowns in the United States, a chance to taste fresh tofu and visit the manju shop. We hope that you will celebrate Sake San Jose with us and discover your reason to join us again next year.

All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the programs of Yu Ai-Kai Senior Services and its participants. Tickets are $40 if purchased before May 27, $50 on the day of the event, and available at Yu-Ai Kai, at participating businesses, or online at

NYC: Jokigen Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifJokigen Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Event Description:
Sample Jokigen sake at Sakaya

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Fukumitsuya Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifFukumitsuya Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Fukumitsuya sake tasting

Event Description:
Kagatobi Junmai Ginjo Nama, Kagatobi Junmai Daiginjo, Kuro Obi Yamahai

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Joy of Sake Aftertaste: “Celebrating with Sake”

jos_aftertaste.jpgJoy of Sake Aftertaste:
Celebrating with sake

Sake has played an important role in Japanese myth and ceremony since the dawn of history. This evening’s tasting features 39 junmai, ginjo and daiginjo sakes, arranged by festival theme:

Cherry Blossom Season—gay, festive, fun to drink
Setsubun (Spring Festival)—scares the demons away
New Year’s—joyous, resplendent daiginjo labels
Tanabata (Milky Way Festival)—sends us to the stars

The evening begins with a short talk, followed by a sampling of the evening’s sake selections. Appetizers appear at 7:00, ushering in a congenial hour of sake sipping until 8:00 p.m.

Please make reservations online through the following link:
Aftertaste Online Ticket Purchase.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6:00–8:00 pm

Tanuki Tavern
(at Hotel Gansevoort)
18 Ninth Ave (entrance on 13th Street)

$39 including tip & tax

Registration from 5:45 p.m. Program begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Appetizer Menu
Executive Chef John Dileo

Sesame-crusted Tuna Tataki Roll
avocado, spicy tuna mousse, cucumber & scallion
topped with tataki, eel sauce drizzle

Sweet Corn & Miso Tempura Cakes
Tori Dango
minced chicken in rice crust with spicy ponzu

Kakuni Pork Belly
shishito peppers, enoki mushrooms, sake-soy broth

Oxtail Fried Rice

NYC: Union Square Wines Sake Showcase

Event Date: Saturday, April 24, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Description of tasting:
USQ is pleased to announce our first sake tasting of 2010! The Sake Showcase will highlight an array Japan’s finest sakes from honjozo to happo, nama to nigori, genshu to ginjo, and beyond! Look forward to spiritual sips from the Yamagata, Nagano, Akita, and Hiroshima prefectures as JFC-Jizake Imports and World Sake Imports join us to demystify this rather mystic process of sake brewing!

Admission to this tasting is free, and no reservations are required!

NYC: Sake 101 Blind Tasting Challenge Vol 2

Sake 101 =Blind Tasting Challenge 2=

Register at

The Japanese Culinary Center would like to once again offer a basic sake class, “SAKE 101”, on Wednesday April 28th. We are going to taste 5 different types of sakes and pair them with authentic Japanese Otsumami such as Takoyaki or Isobe -age. This will be fun for you to try traditional Japanese foods that you typically do not order at Japanese Restaurants.

We would also like to do a blind tasting with the winner receiving a surprise gift! All are welcome to this event. This Sake 101 event is unique from the first class, so for those who attended the first event please feel free to join us again for a whole new experience.

Wednesday, April 28st. 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Japanese Culinary Center
711 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10017 (On 45th St. Btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Charge: $30 per person



GINJO – Taisetsu Junmai Ginjo
From Hokkaido
pairing with Takowasa (octopus marinated in wasabi)

HONJOZO – Kikusui no Karakuchi
From Niigata prefecture
pairing with Yudofu (tofu in hot pot)

NIGORI – Dassai 50 Nigori Junmai Daiginjo
From Yamaguchi prefecture
pairing with Chikuwa & Cheese Isobe-age (deep-fried fish surimi flavored with green laver)

JUNMAI – Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai
From Iwate prefecture
pairing with Takoyaki (Japanese octopus dumpling)

DESSERT SAKE – Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki (made from purple rice)
From Akita prefecture
pairing with Raspberry dark-chocolate, Peanut butter milk-chocolate, and Green tea & Pistachio white-chocolate

**Reservations are on a first come first served basis. There will be a 30 person limit per class.

Register at

Thursday, January 21st. 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Japanese Culinary Center
711 3rd Ave. New York, NY 10017 (On 45th St. Btw. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Price: $30 per person

Interview: Kazuo Matsuura, Honke Matsuura Brewery

With Kazuo Matsuura and Narutotai

Honke Matsuura Brewery makes the famous Narutotai brand sake. When I recently met the brewery President, Dr. Kazuo Matsuura, he kindly agreed to answer some questions about his sake, his brewery and his native Tokushima. Narutotai is wildly popular in the United States and I wanted to learn more…

Timothy Sullivan: What is the significance of red snapper “tai” fish to your brewery?

Kazuo Matsuura: Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture is famous for its sea of Naruto Strait Whirlpools. And a sea bream (we call it TAI in Japanese) which grow up in strong whirlpools is very popular as a delicious fish. We hope to brew special sake that goes well with sea bream dishes. That is the origin of our brand name NARUTOTAI.

Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu

Timothy Sullivan: Your Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu is unique in so many ways – and a very popular sake with Americans: Unique bottle, richness, flavor, strength – what are your comments on this sake?

Kazuo Matsuura:

I think this sake is clear and strong taste and Americans can enjoy its taste.

Timothy Sullivan: How do you balance tradition VS technology in your brewery? what role does each play in your sake brewing process?

Kazuo Matsuura: I believe that tradition and new technology will never conflict. My father’s policy is “温故知新(Onko-Chishin)” ; that is the Analects of Confucius. It means to adopt advanced technology into old tradition. And my management policy is “抜苦与楽(Bakku-Yoraku)”: it comes from the teachings of Buddhism. It means to eliminate the suffering of the mind and give pleasure. I want to produce sake that makes many people being happy. Therefore, I think if our brewing technology will contribute to customer’s enjoyment, those will never conflict.

Narutotai Junmai Ginjo Yamahai Genshu

Timothy Sullivan: Your Brewery is located in Tokushima prefecture. What is special from Tokushima that influences your sake? Water? Rice? Climate? food?

Kazuo Matsuura:

In particular Climate and food I think. Tokushima’s food culture prefers relatively strong and sweet taste from the past. I think Narutotai’s sake has been made to go well with such a food culture.

Timothy Sullivan: What are your hopes for the sake market in the United States? Sake have a happy future here in the USA?

Kazuo Matsuura: I hope American people will understand the enchantment of sake more and enjoy sake. Today, I have just heard that “Umami (Flavor)” of sake goes
better with fish dishes than that of wine physically.

Timothy Sullivan: What is your message to American consumers enjoying your sake? What would you like American drinkers of Narutotai to know about your brewery and Brand?

Kazuo Matsuura: Sake is part of Japanese culture. If you will understand our culture including sake and food, you can enjoy more and more. We appreciate with your patronage NARUTOTAI. We hope American drinker will have a happy time with our sake.

Timothy Sullivan: Mastuura-san, I’m sure American Drinkers will have a happy time with your sake indeed! It’s delicious! thank you!

NYC: EN Restaurant Best 100 Sake Tasting!

EN Restaurant The Best 100 Sake Tasting

Admission $40/person (including food & Drink)
*Reservations required | *Must be 21 or older
For reservations, call EN at 212-647-9196

EN Japanese Brasserie-
435 Hudson St.
New York, NY, 10014


Honolulu: Joto Sake at The Sake Shop

It’s Snowing at Honolulu’s Sake Shop!

People often come in to The Sake Shop and ask us if we have a favorite sake. It’s always tough to answer this question because we don’t really have just “one” favorite sake. However, if I were to come up with a Top-5 list of my all-time favorite sake, Yuki no Bosha Akita Komachi Daiginjo would definitely be included!

Yuki no Bosha translates to “Cabin in the Snow” while Akita Komachi means “Beauty of Akita” and is both a reference to the fair ladies for which the region is known as well as the local rice of the same name. Crafted by the Saiya Brewery up North in Akita prefecture, this Daiginjo is very well balanced, with upfront notes of white pepper that fade into dried apricot and melon. They mill the rice down to a ridiculously small 35% of it’s original size.

For all you Nigori sake lovers out there we’ll also be sampling Yuki no Bosha Junmai Ginjo Nigori. It is an “usu nigori” or “light nigori,” containing less rice solids, or kasu. The brewery makes it light so you can really taste the sake. This nigori is bright, lively and fruity but finishes dry.

Nadine and Malcolm

Yuki no Bosha Akita Komachi Daiginjo
Yuki no Bosha Junmai Ginjo Nigori
Chikurin Karoyaka Junmai Ginjo
Chikurin Fukamari Junmai
Shichi Hon Yari Junmai
Saturday, April 24, 2010
10:00 am to 7:30 pm

The Sake Shop
1461 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 947-7253
Fax: (808) 947-7254
Email: [email protected]

Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

NYC: Gasanryu Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifGassanryu Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Gassanryu Sake Tasting
When: Wed, May 26, 6pm – 8pm

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Dewatsuru Sake tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifDewatsuru Sake tasting at Sakaya

Sat, May 22, 4pm – 6pm

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Naraman Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifNaraman Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Fri, May 14, 6pm – 8pm

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Joto Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifJoto Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Thursday, April 29 from 6 to 8pm

Joto Sake Tasting

Yuki no Bosha Junmai Ginjo (Akita) & Taiheikai Tokubetsu Junmai (Ibaraki)

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: World Sake Imports Sake Tasting at Sakaya

sakaya.gifWorld Sake Imports Sake Tasting at Sakaya

World Sake Imports Sake Tasting

Dewazakura Oka Ginjo (Yamagata)

324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

Seattle: Sake Nomi Izakaya Night

sakenomi.gifSake Nomi “Izakaya Night” @ Issian

Date: Thursday, April 29, 2010
Time: 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Issian
Street: 1618 N. 45th St.
City/Town: Seattle, WA
Reservations required: Tel: 206-467-7253; E-mail: [email protected]

Event Organizer’s Description:
When Taiko and Johnnie reminisce and feel homesick about Japan, izakaya are right at the top of the list of things they miss the most.

Roughly translated, izakaya are “saké pubs,” and they are super casual gathering spots that usually feature beer, saké, and a variety of relatively inexpensive snacks meant to be shared over drinks.

In recent years, quite a few establishments calling themselves izakaya have sprung up in the Seattle area, but in the opinion of many of those who have experienced the “real thing” in Japan, most of them are not quite right.

Issian is a terrific exception to this trend. We discovered this spot while searching for authentic kushiyaki (grilled goodies served on skewers), and since we’ve had such terrific experiences there, we’d like to introduce Issian and their casual cuisine to our nomidachi.

Please make plans to join us on Thursday, April 29 @ 8:30 p.m.for an evening of good eats and tasty premium saké. We’ll be pairing 3 different saké with a set menu displaying Issian’s delicious and diverse wares.

Price for all food, saké, gratuity, and tax is $55/person. Since we will be in a semi-private area of the restaurant, space will be limited to 14 people, and we will hold reservations in the order in which we receive them.

To reserve your spot(s), please contact us as soon as possible (Tel: 206-467-7253; E-mail: [email protected]). We will require a Visa/Mastercard no. and expiration date in order to hold your reservation, but we will not charge the card until the day before the event. Other payment arrangements can also be made upon request.

We’re extremely excited about this event, because since we opened Saké Nomi we’ve wanted to expose interested folks to “other” (non-sushi) Japanese food that is “made” to be paired with our favorite rice-based beverage.

We hope you can join us in raising a few glasses and having some laughs!

NYC: Japan Society Annual Sake Tasting

Japan SocietyJapan Society Annual Sake Tasting & Lecture

Amazing Leverage: The Final Steps of Sake-Brewing
Rice, water, koji and the skills of the brew master are touted as the most important elements in sake brewing. However, sake brewing goes through several important steps at the end of the process, including filtration, pasteurization, bottling and maturation, which together determine hold great sway over the final flavor of the sake. In this program, sake expert John Gauntner explains how these simple-sounding, but very important processes, affect the distinctive flavors of sake.

Followed by a sake tasting.

BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE or please call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

$35/$30 Japan Society members & seniors

Must be 21 years of age.

The Japan Society
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212.832.1155
Box Office: 212.715.1258

NYC: Takoyaki & Hakkaisan at Sake Bar Decibel!

Hakkaisan Sake and Otafuku’s Takoyaki at Sake Bar Decibel

Buy Tickets for this event.

Get as close to Japan as you can get without stepping on a plane. You’ll have a chance to taste your favorite savory Japanese pancake お好み焼き OKONOMIYAKI and those oh-so-delicious Japanese octopus dumpling balls たこ焼き TAKOYAKI from OTAFUKU, one of New York’s favorite Japanese hotspots.

Also Sake Sommelier Chizuko, the founder of Sake Discoveries will serve you samples of some of Japan’s best sake from Hakkaisan Brewery which uses only highly polished, locally-produced sake rice from Niigata Prefecture which is known for producing high quality rice and water. The ‘Hakkaisan’ series has a lot of loyal fans in Japan as this sake is a clear, crisp and refined honjozo. You’ll be served three types of sake for tasting, Hakkaisan’s Ginjo, Tokubetsu Junmai, and Honjozo (warm).

3 kinds of Hakkaisan tasting set with Okonomiyaki & Takoyaki
$35 (Including tax & tips)
Guest speaker
Ms. Kumiko Kurosawa from Hakkaisan brewery

Buy Tickets for this event.

Sake Bar Decibel
240 East 9th Street
(between 2nd & 3rd)
New York NY

NYC: Ichishima Tasting at Sake Bar Decibel

Ichishima Sake Night

Sake Bar Decibel and Winebow present…
Ichishima Sake Night
Wednesday April 28th, 6PM-Close
Sake Bar Decibel, 240 E 9th St

Ichishima Shuzo is a family owned brewery that has producing premium
sake in the prestigious Niigata region of Japan since 1790. Come enjoy
a tasting flight of 3 wonderful Ichishima sakes paired with light food
for only $20. Sake expert Claudio LoCascio will be around all night to
answer your questions about Ichishima and sake in general. Come early
for an sake refresher course from 6-6:30 and receive 2 special bonus

Please call 212-979-2733 (after 6pm) for reservations.

Sake Bar Decibel
240 East 9th Street
(between 2nd & 3rd)
New York NY

NYC: 1 or 8 Restaurant Tamanohikari Sake Dinner

1 or 8 Restaurant Tamanohikari Sake Dinner

April’s pairing dinner at 1 or 8 is coming up!
Wednesday April 21st 2010 @8pm
Featuring NY Mutual Trading Inc. and Tama No Hikari Shuzo

The theme of this pairing dinner is sake made by Tama No Hikari Shuzo brewery, located in Kyoto. The brewery will be present at the dinner to introduce their sake. Reservation and prepayment is required, so please contact us if you are interested –

A peak at the menu:

kampachi carpaccio
paired with Tama No Hikari Junmai Ginjo Mizore sake

seared scallop with pine nut vinaigrette
paired with Tama No Hikari Junmai
Assorted sushi rolls
spicy tuna topped with sea urchin,
grilled salmon topped with salmon roe,
hamachi mango topped with wasabi tobiko,
sweet potato tempura topped with broom seeds
paired with Tama No Hikari Junmai Daiginjo

grilled squab with buckwheat rice
paired with Tama No Hikari Yamahai Junmai
(served warm)

macaron with carrot jam (sake to be paired with is TBA)

The pairing dinner is $55 including the sake
(but excluding the tax and gratuity).

Participation is by reservation only and pre-payment is required.
Please contact us if you wish to participate.

Hope to see you then!

1 or 8 Restaurant-
66 S2nd St. (off Wythe)
Brooklyn,NY, 11211

NYC: Ohanami Tasting at Sakagura

SAKAGURA presents
The Annual “OHANAMI” Sake Tasting Dinner Party 2010
Enjoy Over 50 Selections of Nihon-shu!!

Thank you very much for waiting, Sake Connoisseurs!  
Monday, April 19th, 2010

Sakagura is very excited to announce the arrival of our anticipated Sake Tasting Event in 2010. The tasting event will feature over 50 selections include newly arrived sakes that are yet to be introduced in the New York market carefully chosen from sake masters and distributors who have been taking an active part in the “Nihon-shu” industry in the U.S. market.
It would take a life time consume all the different varieties of sake available, but we believe these selections will open up new regions of the palette for tasters.
Sakagura will be decorated with lots of fresh real cherry blossoms in the whole restaurant. We will serve Sakagura Executive Chef, Mr. Yasuhiro Honma’s special seasonal dishes on this event. Welcome you to join us and let us “KANPAI” under the amazing sakura trees!

*Please note that there will be a DINNER (SEATED) STYLE SAKE TASTING PARTY.

Schedule: Monday, April 19th
1st Round :  6:15 pm –   8:30 pm          2nd Round:  9:00 pm – 11:15 pm

Sake Tasting Fee: $30 per person (food, tax and gratuity not included)
*Minimum Charge: $60 Per Person

Guests:  140 Guests Limited   
*Prompt RSVPs are recommended.

RSVP Hotline:  212-953-SAKE (7253)
Credit card number is required to process the RSVPs.
(24-Hour Cancellation Policy)

We start taking RSVPs on 4/9 (Friday) through 4/17 (Saturday).
RSVPs will be standing by Monday through Friday after 3pm to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday after 5pm to 9pm.
(Please do not leave messages for booking RSVP this party. We might not be able to return your call.)

211 East 43rd Street B1F
New York, NY 10017
(Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)

Business Hours:
Lunch:  Mon-Fri      11:30 am  – 14:20 pm

Dinner:  Mon-Thu    18:00 pm –  23:45 pm
              Fri-Sat        18:00 pm  – 24:45 am
              Sun             18:00 pm  – 22:45 pm

NEW YORK, NY 10003

NYC: Ohanami at Sakaya

sakaya.gifOhanami Sake Tasting at Sakaya
Jukusei Jozen Mizunogotoshi Junmai Ginjo & Umenishiki Junmai Ginjo

When: Apr 17, 2010 4-6pm


324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.)
NYC 10003
212.505.7253 (SAKE)

NYC: Spring Akita Sake Tasting

akita.gif“The 10th Akita Sake Tasting Event”

ASC was established in June 2006 to introduce AKITA Prefecture’s sake, food, and goods to the people in the NYC area.

This Spring, ASC is proud to announce “The Akita Sake Tasting Event” on May 5, 2010.

Please join over 16 visiting sake brewers from Akita and different all across Japan to taste over 30 of finest sakes we have chosen for you to try.
You can also savour some of Akita’s delicacies such as Inaniwa cold noodle, Akita miso flavor honey chicken, Iburi gakko (Smoked radish pickles), miso flavor bean curd and many others. Sapporo beer will be served. For our environment’s sake, please bring your sake glass !
Guest musicians will be performing Jazz for our guests.

Organizer:[ASC: Akita Sake Club] Sponsor:[Sun Pop International Corporation]
Date: May 5, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. 15 West 44th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036

Space is limited and reservation is required.
Please pay the admission fee by Cash (No change, please) at the reception desk on May 5, 2010.
Admission Fee: $50
Reservation/Contact: Masatoshi Yamamoto
Sun Pop International Corporation
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1702,
New York, NY 10017
Tel: 212-682-4393
Fax: 212-682-4392
e-mail: [email protected]

NYC: Dassai Sake Kaiseki Dinner at Hakubai

This is as close as you can get to traditional Japan in New York City! All the best of the best! Enjoy exquisite Dassai Sakes paired with a multi-course Kaiseki meal that celebrates the spring cherry blossom! This delicious dinner will be in the Hakubai restaurant private Tatami room.

Make your reservations soon! Call Manami at the Kitano Hotel to reserve: 212-885-7072