NYC: SAKAYA 3rd Year Anniversary Party

SAKAYA 3rd Year Anniversary Party When: Fri Dec 10, 2010 6pm to Fri Dec 10, 2010 8pm EST Where: SAKAYA SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 (SAKE) www.sakayanyc.com

NYC: SAKAYA 3rd Year Anniversary Party

SAKAYA 3rd Year Anniversary Party When: Sat Dec 11, 2010 5pm to Sat Dec 11, 2010 7pm EST SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 (SAKE) www.sakayanyc.com

NYC: Joto Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Joto Sake Tasting When: Fri Dec 3, 2010 6pm to Fri Dec 3, 2010 8pm EST Where: SAKAYA Event Description: Seikyo Junmai Ginjo & Seikyo Junmai (Hiroshima) SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 …

NYC: Sato no Homare Junmai Ginjo tasting at Sakaya

Sato no Homare "Pride of the Village" Junmai Ginjo tasting When: Sat Dec 18, 2010 5pm to Sat Dec 18, 2010 7pm EST SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 (SAKE) www.sakayanyc.com

Honolulu: HARUSHIKA at The Sake Shop

HARUSHIKA Saturday, November 20, 2010 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Mr. Imanishi, President Located in Nara prefecture, Harushika means "Spring Deer". The first capital of Japan was established in Nara back in 710 AD which is also thought to…

Honolulu: OKUNOMATSU at The Sake Shop

OKUNOMATSU Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mr. Tsushima, General Manager Founded in Fukushima prefecture way back in 1716, Okunomatsu Sake Brewery has been making delicious sake for over 3 centuries! The pure spring…

Honolulu: TAIHEIZAN at The Sake Shop

TAIHEIZAN Wednesday, November 17, 2010 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Mr. Kodama, President Event organizers description: The last time Mr. Kodama from Taiheizan came to the shop to pour his sake we were standing room only! We quickly sold out…

JFC Sake Expo 2010

I recently attended the JFC Sake Expo in Manhattan. This is a trade event that introduces sakes imported by the sake importing company JFC. For me, it's a great chance to get up close and personal with some of the great sakes brought to…

Japan Trip 2010: Saiya Sake Brewery

My next visit in Japan was to Akita's Saiya Shuzoten, makers of the famous Yuko No Bosha sakes. Mr. Kataro Saito was off on business, but his lovely wife Ms. Maki Saito and their Toji Mr. Takahashi gave me a nice tour of their brewery! One…

Japan Trip 2010: Akita Seishu Sake Brewery

With a visit to Akita Seishu Sake Brewery, you really get two, two, two Breweries in one! You see Akita Seishu makes sake under two Brands in two facilities including both the Kariho and Dewatsuru labels. I interviewed Mr. Yohei Ito of Dewatsuru…

Japan Trip 2010: Hideyoshi Sake Brewery

My next stop on my Japan Trip this October was Suzuki Shuzoten, a company also known by their famous brand name Hideyoshi.

Japan Trip 2010: Tenju Sake Brewery

Another stop on my whirlwind tour of Japan was the magnificent Tenju Sake Brewery. I was greeted at the brewery entrance by Mr. Takeshi Ohi, the brewery President, and his younger brother Mr. Hitoshi Ohi, the brewery's Managing Director.

Japan Trip 2010: Hinomaru Sake Brewery

In late 2009, I had the honor of sitting down for a lengthy in-person interview with Mr. Jouji Sato, President of Akita's Hinomaru Sake Brewery. This interview left me feeling greatful and intrigued by this Brewery and their well known brand "Manabito". When the opportunity came up to visit Akita this Fall, I was delighted to be able to pay a visit and see birthplace of Manabito for myself!

Japan Trip 2010: Naba Sake Brewery

My next stop in Japan was at the Naba Sake Brewery in Akita City, Japan. On a very rainy and cold Akita afternoon, I was welcomed to the Naba Sake brewery by its COO, Mr. Hisashi Naba. Mr. Naba was a youthful and engaging guide to his brewery.…

Seattle: Sake Nomi Sake Explorations Event

Saké Explorations at Sake Nomi Event Organizer's Description: Sake Explorations: Same Sake, Different Vessel Saturday, Nov. 20 @ 7 p.m. Please join us for our latest edition of saké-related seminars we call "Saké Explorations." This…

Japan Trip 2010: Ichishima Sake Brewery

My next stop in Japan was Ichishima Sake Brewery, located in Shibata City, Niigata. I've known the current brewery President, the young and dynamic Kenji Ichishima for several years now. Ichishima-san is the current leader of the Sake Brewer's Association Junior Council / Sake Samurai organization where I first met him in 2007. He is the descendant of a sake brewing family steeped in tradition that dates back over 200 years, but he has also spent considerable time abroad and in addition to speaking fluent English, he also understands the dynamic of western cultures.

Japan Trip 2010: Masukagami Sake Brewery

Before I left Kamo, Niigata, Ms. Yamazaki took me to meet a local sake Brewery in town. It was just a short drive from Yamazaki Sake shop to the Masukagami Sake Brewery. As they currently don't export to the US, I had not yet tried their sake,…

Japan Trip 2010: Yamazaki Sake Shop

My next stop this autumn in Japan is a small town in Niigata called Kamo. I met Megumi Yamazaki on twitter, and she introduced herself as someone who runs a sake shop in Japan. I was excited to see how sake is sold outside the big city…

NYC: Black Koji Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Black Koji Sake Tasting Saturday, November 27, 2010, 5-7pm Black Koji Sake Tasting Kurokabuto Junmai Daiginjo (Fukuoka) SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 (SAKE) www.sakayanyc.com

NYC: Japan Prestige Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Japan Prestige Sake Association Sake Tasting Saturday, November 20, 2010, 6-8pm Japan Prestige Sake Association Sake Tasting Sawanoi Junmai Hiyaoroshi & Wakatake Onikoroshi Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn…

NYC: Hiyaoroshi Sake Tasting at Sakaya

Hiyaoroshi Sake Tasting Saturday, November 6, 2010, 5-7pm Hiyaoroshi Sake Tastings Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi & Urakasumi Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi SAKAYA 324 E. 9th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.) NYC 10003 212.505.7253 …

NYC: Sake and Chocolate Tasting at Sakaya

Event Organizer's Description: Chocolate and sake. What better pairing could there be as an unexpectedly sublime holiday gift. We've teamed up with chocolatier Shaineal Shah of xocolatti to pair his dark chocolate and sake chocolate truffles…