Order Drinks Using Artificial Intelligence at Daikanyama’s New Sake Bar YUMMY SAKE COLLECTIVE

02.February.2019 | FOOD

YUMMY SAKE COLLECTIVE is a new sake bar in Daikanyama that held its grand opening on January 25, 2019.

It is both a bar and a shop that serves delicious Japanese sake casually without customers needing to be sake connoisseurs. You don’t need to rely on background knowledge or visual information. It is a ‘blind tasting’ service in which you enter your intuitive thoughts which the AI responds to, choosing a sake to match your tastes.

When going for drinks in Japan beginners to sake can find it difficult what beverage to go for, but this new AI service solves that problem. It enables anyone to easily pick the right drink for them.

The refrigerator show case in the bar houses around 90 brands of sake including rare selections not often seen served. Drinks are divided by onomatopoeia for customers to easily pick what sounds nicest to them. Drinks can be ordered from ¥700 and you can also buy bottles to keep and take away with you.

YUMMY SAKE – ¥2,000 (Before Tax)

Ordering the YUMMY SAKE service lets you try a blind taste test to compare 10 types of Japanese sake. You evaluate which you like and don’t like based on 5 different ratings and the AI will pick your taste type. There are 12 categories you can be placed into all based on onomatopoeia. This means you will be prepared for when you go out to a bar, shop or event in Japan and can intuitively pick what sake you want without needing to know difficult sake slang or tehchnical rules.

Snack Pairings – ¥500 Each (Before Tax)

Snacks will also be prepared to go with your drinks based on what taste type you are.

 

If you’re looking to get into Japanese sake then look no further – start at YUMMY SAKE COLLECTIVE.

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    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

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    ■Information

    Kuranoya Karasumori

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    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30) All Week / 17:00-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00) the day before a national holiday.
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday

    TEL: 03-6721-5105
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13150045/

     

    Premium All-You-Can-Drink Sake
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    *Limited places.

     

    Sea Urchin

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    *Normal price of ¥599 (Pre-Tax) to begin at the end of the campaign.

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    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

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    The app was officially endorsed by Sake Service Institute (SSI), a Japanese sake service that authorises the Kikisake, or Master of Sake course.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    Using artificial intelligence, the app has label scanning software to search for Japanese sake brands and names which can be difficult to remember. Additionally, you can save your favourite brands on the app to share and recommend with friends.

     

    Sake has a tendency to mostly be enjoyed by males and females in their 30s. The polyphenol effect, which became the impetus for the first wine boom in Japan, also played a role in lighting a fire amongst young women who are consistently the leaders consumption in this area.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    There are plans to implement more functions such as to enable users to be able to comment on sake and food they like, as well as introduce coupons. The app is also available in multiple languages, including Chinese and Korean.

    日本酒専用アプリ「SakeWiz」(サケウィズ)

    If you love Japanese sake or someone who wants to try out all the sake that Japan has to offer, then consider downloading SakeWiz.

     

    ■Information

    SakeWiz

    Fuctions:

    ・Label scanning

    ・Favourites list

    ・Japanese sake online purchasing

    ・User community

    ・Search function for restaurants serving Japanese sake

    ・Ability to post on social media including Facebook and Instagram

     

    Download:http://l.ead.me/baqirY

     

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    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」2

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    The bar can be used for many situations, like enjoy yourself at a 1-2 person counter while looking out to the garden, or you can rent the bar for an 80-person banquet.

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    For lunch, enjoy a farmer’s meal for ¥1,000. It comes with side dishes stacked with plenty of homegrown vegetables and more.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」 お酒

    Enjoy a great meal and some sake in a quaint residence of the past!

     

    ■Information

     

    Nanoan – Sake Bar

    Address: 2-23 Chausuyamachō, Tennōji-ku, Osaka

    Opening Hours: Daytime 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / Evening 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 06-6770-5757

    Website: http://www.nanoan.com/

     

    Nanakura – Sake & Sansai

    Address: 4-26 Chausuyamacho, Tennōji-ku, Osaka

    Opening Hours: Evening 17:00-00:00 (Open from 15:00 on Sundays & Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 06-6777-4373

    Website: http://www.nana-kura.com/

     

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    The debut event will take place in Kyoto, an essential bridge between Japanese culture and those overseas.

     

    SAKE WORLD CUP

     

    ‘Sake’ is a shared word throughout the world. Kyoto is already a place where sake brewing prospers. The Sake World Cup was set up to create the opportunity to know how Japan’s sake is enjoyed overseas and if it’s taken root there. The first even of its kind, expect to enjoy trying sake from Spain, the UK, US, New Zealand and so on.

     

    In 2013, ‘washoku,’ or traditional Japanese cuisine, was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, realizing Japanese food as a recognised part of the country’s culture. Additionally, the amount of exported refined sake was recorded at a record high 8-years in a row until 2017. Sake continues to be widely acknowledged both inside and outside Japan.

     

    Learn about what’s going on with sake around the world while trying sake from different countries at Sake World Cup 2018!

     

    ■Information

    Sake World Cup 2018: Kyoto

    Address: Kyoto Kyoiku Bunka Center, 4-13 Shogoin Kawaharacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto

    Date: June 3, 2018

    Time: 14:00-16:00

    Price: ¥3,500

    Homepage: http://sakeworldcup.com/

     

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