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Japan 2008: Tomita Brewery & Shichihonyari

Ok, Pop Quiz!!! Name one attraction of note in Japan's Shiga Prefecture... Stumped? Well, I was too, until my visit to Tomita Brewery, located in the small town of Kinomoto, Shiga Prefecture.
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Japan 2008: Tamanohikari Brewery

Arriving in Kyoto always brings back special memories for me. this was my original destination on my very first trip to Japan. It goes without saying that it's a beautiful and historic city, but on this visit I was able to discover another…
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Japan 2008: Marumoto Brewery and Chikurin

My first trip to visit Marumoto Brewery can only be described as spectacular. Makers of the famous Chikurin Brand of sake, Marumoto brewery is nestled beautifully in the low rolling hills of Okayama Prefecture. Brewery President, Mr. Marumoto explained that the brewery was founded in 1867 at the end of Edo period and has been producing sake since then. However, this brewery isn't just famous for it's sake. The wooden framed brewery complex is registered as an "Important Cultural Property" by Japanese goverment, similar to the National Register of Historic Places here in the US.
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Japan 2008: Hakkaisan Brewery

My next stop on my Japan 2008 tour was a special one! I was headed for the birthplace of the sake that sparked my interest in Nihon-shu in the first place: Hakkaisan Brewery in Niigata. Longtime readers of my site will know that it was Hakkaisan's Junmai Ginjo sake that got me so addicted devoted to sake.
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Japan 2008: Asahi Shuzo

Next on my whirlwind trip to Niigata was a visit to Asahi Shuzo, makers of the world renowned Kubota Brand of Sakes. I was given a tour of the brewery by Mr. Masamichi Sanjo, who is in the export sales division at Asahi Shuzo.
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Japan 2008: Kikusui Sake Rice Harvest

My next stop on the Japan 2008 tour was taking me by Shinkansen to northern Niigata Perfecture, specifically to Shibata city, home of Kikusui Brewery. As you may know, Kikusui imports the much loved Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo and the delicious Kikusui Junmai Ginjo.
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Japan 2008: Fukumitsuya Brewery

Day 5 in Japan started early with a trip out of Tokyo. I met Fukumitusya Brewery export salesman Mr. Yageta at Tokyo Station and we boarded the train for Ishikawa Prefecture. Although he’s usually stationed in Tokyo, he was kind enough to travel with me all the way to Ishikawa. Fukumitsuya Brewery is located in Kanazawa City. This small town on the sea of Japan is sometimes known as “little Kyoto” because of the number of historical attractions found here.
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Japan 2008: Wataribune Brewery

Day 4 of my Japan trip takes me on another sake adventure. This 2008 sake tour is starting to pick up speed and the shinkansen has left the station. This time, I'm headed to Ishioka city in Ibaraki Prefecture to visit Takaaki Yamauchi,…
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Japan 2008 Sake Summit, Act II: Kumpai

After a lovely morning sake tasting and tour at Oomuraya Brewery, the intrepid Shizuoka tour guide extraordinaire, Robert-Gilles led Melinda, Etsuko and myself onward to another Shizuoka sake maker. Kumpai Brewery is a small sake brewery…
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Japan 2008 Sake Summit, Act I: Wakatake

My next day in Japan was too full to fit into one blog post, so here is Act I! Of course, I'm referring to the 2008 Sake Blogger's Summit held this year in beautiful Shizuoka Prefecture. Forget the G8, we're talking about the Sake 4: Etsuko…
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Japan 2008: Sake Club Okanaga

"Membership Has It's Privileges", or at least that is what Amex says. You know, I've gotten through life pretty well without being a member... and I don't just mean Amex. I'm talking no Fraternity, no food co-op and I've never even owned a…
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Japan 2008: One Cup Wonder – Sake Bar Buri

I was a man on a mission. This was only my second trip to Japan, and I had my priorities clearly defined. What was my number one top priority upon arriving in Japan? Catch up with friends? Eat Sushi at Tsukiji Market? Commune with nature…
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Japan 2008: Let the Journey Begin!

Watch this space for soon to be published Reports from my Recent trip to Japan! I visited many Breweries and rode the shinkansen from one end of Japan to the other (almost). There were a ton of new experiences for me... I harvested sake…