Issue 10: From the Editor

Sake and all that suffuses it is slowly seeping into mainstream media. The fact that there were three movies–all documentaries–about sake released over the past year is evidence of this. One of those is “Kampai! For the Love of Sake” (Japanese title: 乾杯!世界が愛する日本酒). It basically traces the “way of sake” or the path to sake taken by three individuals: myself, Philip Harper (the toji at Kinoshita Shuzo) and Kuji Kosuke (president of Nanbu Bijin brewery). Both brewers have been featured in Sake Today: Harper in…

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The Beauty of Sake

According to a recent survey by IDA Ryogokudo Co., Ltd., a company that produces cosmetics and beauty products, a significant number of Japanese (at least those that took the survey) didn’t know that October 1st is Sake Day. Which raises several questions, including: why in the world is a cosmetics company doing a sake survey? The company is known for its Shikisai brand of skincare products. These products are infused with daiginjo rice and other components found in sake. Supposedly, they lend the skin a…

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