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Sake Cruise ’09: Osaka, Mukune & Tako

Our Arrival in Osaka was rainy, but still exciting - they had a high school band playing and lots of kids were out to see the big boat pull into port. One thing that set Osaka apart from Sendai, Hakodate and even Tokyo was the development of…
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Sake Cruise ’09: Tokyo, Sawanoi & Sake Ice Cream

As we slowly docked in Tokyo Harbor, I heard this odd noise off in the distance. As we drew closer, I saw clearly that there were live Taiko Drummers stationed on the dock to greet us! It was a very memorable welcome ceremony and I couldn't wait to get off the ship and start exploring Tokyo!
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Sake Cruise ’09: Shiogama, Urakasumi & Kimono

This morning I woke up as the Seven Seas Mariner was pulling into the harbor at Sendai located in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. Downtown Sendai City is actually about a 45 min drive from the industrial port area where we had docked. Most guests were on their way to tours and excursions, but I was leaning off the ship's balcony looking for someone. Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise ’09: What’s New Hakodate

Kanpai Japan! Today the Seven Seas Mariner landed in Japan! Specifically the charming city of Hakodate, on the large northern island of Hokkaido. Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise ’09: Sake History

Today was the sake tasting that I call "a walk on the wild side" of sake. We tasted 3 super funky brews that will surely widen your view of what sake can taste like! Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise ’09: Advanced Sake Tasting

Today was the sake tasting that I call "a walk on the wild side" of sake. We tasted 3 super funky brews that will surely widen your view of what sake can taste like! Beyond the standard brews, there are may alternate production methods that offer unusual tastes and unique flavors!
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Sake Cruise ’09: Sake in Siberia

I'll admit I approached today with a bit of trepidation. Coming of age in the cold war 1980's, films, TV and even the President infamously portrayed the USSR as the "Evil Empire". 30 years and a cultural revolution later, I didn't know what…
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Sake Cruise ’09: Rockin’ Sake!

I went to bed on Sept 20th, 2009 and woke up on Sept 22nd, 2009. We crossed the international date line overnight and Sept 21, 2009 just didn't happen! I'm not quite sure how all this works and why this is done, but I'm just along for the ride and having a great time.
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Sake Cruise ’09: How to Taste Sake

Today was our second full day at sea. No stops, no ports of call, sailing all day, all night. You might think that this leads to a feeling of being bored and all cooped up, but quite on the contrary, the staff organizes lots and lots of activities: games, lectures, dancing, bridge, tea, concerts, comedy, and of course, SAKE TASTINGS!
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Sake Cruise ’09: The Deadliest Catch

Day 4 onboard the Seven Seas Mariner was action packed! I woke up in Dutch Harbor Alaska. This was our last day on American Soil as we would be sailing out at 1pm across the Bering strait on our 2 day voyage to Siberia. This was also my first…
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Sake Cruise ’09: Let the Seminars Begin!

Today was a big day on Sake Cruise 2009! Not only is today our first day "at sea" (i.e. no ports of call - sailing the open ocean all day) but today was also my first Sake Seminar for the Guests aboard the Seven Seas mariner as well as an informal…
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Sake Cruise ’09: Over the Rainbow, Part 2

I won't lie - last night, our first evening on board, was rough! 15 foot waves were bouncing us around and I even heard the experienced crew complaining of sea sickness. Choppy waters out the window were cresting white and loud. "Will the…
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Anchors Away!

After seemingly endless hours in the air, an overnight in Achorage and a three hour bus ride, I finally arrived at our sake cruise ship in Seward, Alaska. We're sailing on the Seven Seas Mariner and it sure was an impressive site catching…
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Join Me on a Sake Cruise to Japan!

Life in New York City can really be tough sometimes. Cramped subways, runaway taxis, even malicious pigeons... It's enough to make even the most dedicated city slicker want to escape into a day dream. Thinking about some of the wonderful,…