Joy of Sake Kick Off Party at Blue Ribbon Izakaya

Sake Season is upon us! Things seemed to really get cooking with a recent event at Blue Ribbon izakaya. It was a lovely evening at the event was hosted out on the "kanpai garden" terrace - a really beautiful setting... with the backdrop of…

Interview: Philip Harper - Toji, Kinoshita Brewery

Philip Harper is well known in the world of sake as Japan's first foreign-born Master Sake Brewer or Toji. He arrived in Japan in 1988 to teach English on the Jet Program and later began working in sake breweries. By 2001 he had passed the…

Tatenokawa Times Two!

Who doesn't love a twofer?! You know, a good old fashioned two-for-one deal? I recently enjoyed two times the fun in one night exploring consecutive sake events both dedicated to Yamagata's fantastic Tatenokawa Brewery. The evening started…

Holy Cow: Tedorigawa Sake at Takashi Yakiniku

As a frequent traveler to Japan, when it comes to "challenging" food items I've come across (think fish eye collagen, fermented squid intestine, slimy natto soybeans) I own up to my limits and know when to wave the white flag and admit defeat.…

Ten-Qoo Tuna and Sawanotsuru at Inakaya

Thanks to my friend Chiz over at Sake Discoveries, I was recently able to get a front row seat to something unusual - a bluefin tuna butchering at Inakaya Restaurant. Now, I know the mere mention of bluefin tuna sets off all kinds of eco alarm…

Ice, Ice Baby: Enjoying Shichihonyari On the Rocks

The good folks at Sakagura have put on another fun and exciting sake brewer event! This time it was Mr. Yasunobu Tomita, executive director of Tomita Shuzo from Shiga. I visited this brewery waaaay back in 2008. Tomita-san arrived with a…

Tenryo Night at Sakagura

Last night was another fun sake tasting event at Sakagura! This time, we were enjoying the sakes from Tenryo Sake Brewery. On hand to introduce the sakes was Mr. Matasuke Uenoda, marketing director of Tenryo Brewery. Tenryo is in Gifu Prefecture…