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007 on Sake: You Only Drink Twice

I recently saw a 1967 Japanese-themed James Bond film "You Only Live Twice" for the first time. This film takes place mostly in Japan and involves a complicated plot about an evil mastermind trying to provoke nuclear war between the Soviet…
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Samurai Tasting at Sakaya

What: Tim Sullivan Samurai Tasting When: Sat. March 8th, 2-4pm Where: Sakaya (324 E. 9th Street) Why: It's free and fun and delicious! Please stop by if you can to sample some fantastic sakes that have a connection to the Samurai Spirit. I've…
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Shopping for Sake: Isetan, the Musical

After my adventures in Yamaguchi, it was back to Kyoto for a final few days in Japan. After a week of thrilling 'firsts' (first shinto ceremony, first bullet train, first brewery visit...) it was time for another very important "first"...…
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What is Your Sake Personality?

Have you every wondered what kind of sake is best suited to your personality? Well now is your chance to find out! Take this SAKE PERSONALITY QUIZ and learn what type of sake is best for you! Go to the QUIZ now>
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Solid Gold!

One pop culture memory from the '80's that's is hard to shake loose is the Solid Gold! Dancers strutting their stuff on TV. The creators of that show knew that gold has a glittering, glamorous allure that is second to none. Let's face it,…
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Hagi Heaven

I've been on the lookout for a sake bar that could become my "Cheers". You know - "where they they always know your name..." Sake Bar Hagi has been on the short list since our first visit last September and a recent trip there made Hagi's…
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Totto Take Me Away!

I live in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and I really love my neighborhood. I love it so much I live and work here. It's honestly one of my true luxuries that I can walk just a few blocks to work. I know those 3 blocks between my apartment…
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The Wrath of “Kan”

One of the really surprising things about the study of Sake is that once you think you know something, you find out, you really know nothing at all. Yes, Sake can humble you in this way. Whatever you've learned, there is always more to explore.…
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Honey, I Shrunk the Masu!

One of the true blessings of living in New York City is that there are so many, many places to drink sake and eat japanese food. One of the curses of living in New York City is that not all the many Sake bars and Japanese restaurants can measure…
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Urban Sake Upgrade!

I've been a hard working sake-geek lately and you'll see in the navigation links above, I published some new pages on my blog that I hope everyone will find interesting and/or useful! 1) Tim's Sake Database. I've started a database to record…

Just getting started with Sake?

Learning the types of Sake produced is a great place to start! Below are the basic classification grades of Sake: Junmai / Honjyozo: Junmai Sake is brewed using only rice, water, yeast and koji. There are no other additives. To qualify…

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Sake News, Education, Events and More! Hi, my name is Timothy Sullivan and I'm the founder of UrbanSake.com, a site devoted to sharing the appreciation, knowledge and joy of Japanese Sake with you. How it all started In 2005, I sampled premium…
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Mystery Sake at Congee village…

One of my dearest friends Alysia was given a suprise Birthday Party at Congee Village. It was a chinese banquet kinda thing and it was a lot of fun to sit around those big tables with the huge lazy susan. The waitstaff was very nice too,…
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Nigori in the New York Times!

S. alerted me to an article in the New York Times about Nigori Sake. It's still not my favorite kind of Sake, but there is a lot there to be explored. I've had it about 3 times. it tastes a little "fermented" to me right now, but I may have…

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Next I tried the three sakes from Imada Sake Brewery in Hiroshima. An interesting note about the Imada brewery is that they have a female Toji or Brew master, Miho Imada. She's pictured on the left, holding a bottle of her great Moon on…