Ryuhei Maruyama and You Yokoyama From Kanjani Eight Sing Passionately About Sweet Sake

18.June.2019 | FOOD

Morinaga Sweet Sake will release their new TV commercial for their chilled sweet sake “Hiyashi Amazake” on July 5th.

Hiyashi Amazake is made using a blend of carefully selected sake lees produced when making sake, malted rice, and Hakata salt. This drink will provide you with a refreshing aftertaste to keep you cool during the hot summer. To share the news of this wonderful drink with the rest of Japan, Ryuhei Maruyama and You Yokoyama from Japanese boyband Kanjani Eight will feature in the brand’s new advert as promotional characters. Watch the two idols as they muster up all their passion to sing a song about their undying love for Hiyashi Amazake whilst dressed in Hiyashi Amazake-themed Yutaka, leaning against the trees.  


You just have to hear the intense rap, too. The boys manage to sing it all the way through to the end without breaking their serious face into fits of laughter.


Please check out the incredibly entertaining Hiyashi Amazake advert!


  • Music video of the love song, “Right Now,”written by V6 member, Shimizu Shota, has been released

    27.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    V6’s 50th double A-side single, “Super Powers / Right Now” will be released on January 16th. The music video of this song has now been released. The concept of the song is “a love song for adults” and was written by Shimizu Shota. It is a dark/sexy song with a tricky beat and is a song where you can feel the “new sound” of Shimizu Shota. The song depicts the game of love from a man’s honest perspective.

    The music video depicts a dance scene and six variations of one scene using some gimmicks and editing effects. The sound is simple but the dance is very complicated.


    Also, the single includes the theme song of the animation, “ONE PIECE” called “Super Powers.” The sleeve jacket of the first edition released with the music video is also gathering much attention.

    This “ONE PIECE’s original illustration sleeve” is a special sleeve that includes an illustration depicting the members of “the wheat straw clan” and V6. The members of the clan and V6 are making the same pose in the illustration. This valuable illustration shows that it is possible to create a strong power by gathering everyone’s spirit together.


    Shimizu Shota’s comments (“Right Now” – lyrics, music and arrangement)

    I am very happy that I could write a song for V6. And I am very pleased that the members of V6 directly asked me to write a song for them.

    I am so happy that idols which have been watching since my childhood are dancing in tune to this song that I wrote. I want to go back to my childhood and tell myself that I am going to write a song for them in the future.

    I tried to write a song which elevates the charm of the group and I hope that many people will watch them dancing.

  • Kis-My-Ft2’s New Single ‘Kimi, Boku.’ Ranks No. 1 on Oricon Charts

    10.October.2018 | MUSIC

    Kis-My-Ft2’s new single Kimi, Boku. dropped on October 3 and has made it into Oricon’s latest Weekly Single Rankings, selling 195,000 copies in its first week. This is the 22nd record from the seven-member boy band that has reached number one since their debut.


    The song is currently being used in a commercial in which the members also appear for a new heating pad product by KOWA.

    Kimi, Boku. is a pop song about love and the thoughts and feelings Kis-My-Ft2 want to convey. The CD cover photo (above) has also been unveiled featuring the group’s new concept for the release that sees each member with their own respective colours painting onto a white canvas – as seen in their music video for the song.

    The single also comes coupled with a blank version of the CD cover inside the booklet for fans to colour in. This has blown up along with the hashtag #君僕お絵描きジャケット which is seeing fans sharing their coloured-in pieces on social media. It has meant that each and every person has their own unique CD cover for Kimi, Boku..

    Another hashtag #ソライロ was also created for the song Sorairo (‘colour of the sky’) which is coupled on the single. Fans have been posting pictures of different skies such as the colour of the sky during a certain memory they remember, their favourite sky, how the sky looked when they want to the band’s live show and so on.


    These two hashtags are a result of the band members posting their own coloured-in CD covers and pictures of the sky, causing fans to follow suit.


    Kis-My-Ft2 – “Kimi, Boku.” – How to do the “Kis-Tep”

    The music video for Kimi, Boku. drew much attention for a new kind of high-speed shuffle dance the members have dubbed “Kis-Tep.” The band even posted a choreography video (above) showing how to do it properly.


    Kis-My-Ft2 – “Kimi, Boku.” Track Preview

    A track-by-track preview of all five songs on the single was also released on YouTube. Also, previews for all 240 songs the band have released on CD up to October 3 from avex have been posted on the band’s official website, enabling their discography to reach a wider audience and those who may not know much about the boys’ music. Playlists are also set to be posted in the future.

    Taisuke Fujigaya, representing the band, had the following to say about the Oricon announcement.

    “All of us are extremely happy as a team. Our 22nd single ‘Kimi, Boku.’ is a very special song to the group. It contains the message ‘I’m here because you’re here’ and is a song that’s tied to our tour this year.”


    It’s been 7 years since Kis-My-Ft2’s debut, and they continue to sprint ahead full force with everything they’ve got.

  • Kis-My-Ft2 Dance Emotionally in New ‘Because I Love You’ Music Video

    27.June.2018 | MUSIC

    Japanese boy band Kis-My-Ft2 have released their new music video for Because I Love You which features on the B-version of their forthcoming single LOVE dropping on July 11.


    It has also been announced that Because I Love You will be used in a commercial for LIVE DAM STADIUM that will begin airing from July 11.


    Kis-My-Ft2 – “Because I Love You” Music Video -Dance Edition-


    ‘Love songs in and out’ is the theme for the group’s new single this summer and includes Because I Love You as well as L.O.V.E. which was used for an Uwa Kowa Cool beverage commercial.


    Because I Love You talks about young love during our school days, calling it wistful and something we should treasure. This is the first single from the group to be such an emotional R&B ballad.

    The music video included on the DVD of the First Press B edition of the single is the dance edition―which is also featured on YouTube―where we get to see their impressive dance skills. The members bring to life the feeling and emotion of the lyrics with their entire bodies. You could call this new grounds for Kis-My-Ft2. Their voices, too, are emotional and sensual. And as well as the main music video, the DVD also includes dance separate parts for the chorus from each member.


    The music video is a step up for the members as they celebrate 7 years since their debut. It’s clear to see they have matured and come a long way.

    Below are comments from the members regarding the new song and music video.

    Kitayama Hiromitsu

    “It’s a very cool song, so we shot each and every scene and our performances with great care. Please be sure to check out each of our dance parts.


    Fujigaya Taisuke

    We challenged ourselves to bringing out emotion in this video. I hope you can feel it.


    Tamamori Yuta

    It was very tough conveying the song’s sense of emotion with just singing and the video. I’d particularly like people to pay attention to the emotional scene at the beginning of the song.”


    Kis-My-Ft2 are currently on a dome tour titled LIVE TOUR 2018 Yummy!! you&me. They’re set to bring the love to all this summer.



    21st Single – “LOVE”

    On Sale: July 11, 2018


    First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD)- ¥1,600 (+Tax)

    Includes “Kis-My-Ft2” music video & “L.O.V.E.” music video -short edition-

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywnV50q7S78


    First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD)- ¥1,600 (+Tax)

    Includes “Kis-My-Ft2” music video & “LOVE” compilation video

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5WBswWgaP4


    Regular Edition (CD-Only) – ¥1,600 (+Tax)


    Kis-My-Ft2 Official Website: http://avex.jp/kismyft2/



  • Tokyo’s New Sake Ice Cream Shop Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Ship Ice Cream Around Japan

    03.May.2020 | FEATURES / FOOD

    SAKEICE is an ice cream shop that offers a new kind of ice cream experience, combining Japanese sake and alcohol together with the frozen treat. The shop opened in Akusaka, Tokyo in March this year.


    However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store has had to close temporarily. SAKEICE wants to cheer people up during these turbulent times with their ice cream, and has therefore announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign so they can set up a website where people can order ice cream in Japan and have it delivered to them.


    I tried out their ice cream

    Otokoyama / Nihonshu Ice

    SAKEICE’s ice cream is laced with lots of Japanese alcohol. I tried the Otokoyama and the Nihonshu Ice, the latter of which is an original ice cream flavour exclusive to SAKEICE. They both contains around 4% alcohol. I were curious exactly how they would taste.


    I started with the Nihonshu Ice. The moment the ice cream hits your tongue, your taste buds are met with its smooth texture, and your nose is filled with the full bodied flavour of nihonshu. The velvety texture on your tongue as it melts is to die for. The Otokoyama has a refreshing kick to it when compared to the Nihonshu Ice. It’s creamy, but the aftertaste is refreshing, so we recommend it for people who aren’t a fan of sweet treats. Both are sure to leave you feeling satisfied, and maybe a little flushed afterwards.


    These ice creams contain alcohol, so keep that in mind when coming here with minors, kids, pregnant women, or if you’re driving.


    They have non-alcoholic flavours too!

    Matcha / Cherry Blossom

    Of course, they have non-alcoholic options too. I tried out the matcha and cherry blossom flavours.


    The matcha one has an irresistible bitterness layered inside the sweetness. You get that real rich matcha taste too. The cherry blossom ice cream is a cute light pink colour and has a subtle sweetness to it. If you don’t like alcohol then you’ll definitely want to try one of delights.

  • Former Japanese football player Hidetoshi Nakata attended opening ceremony for KitKat and sake pairing event currently being held in Roppongi!

    23.April.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    A regional KitKat Pairing Bar called “Gotouchi no KitKat Pairing Bar” is currently running in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. The pop-up bar features an AI’s recommendations of regional KitKats with Japanese sake from among 1,650 combinations of pairings.

    You can also witness the event vehicle covered in 15 varieties of Gotouchi KitKat prints at the event in Roppongi Hills.

    The sake brands featured at the event are brands carefully selected by famous Japanese former football player Hidetoshi Nakata, who has been promoting sake to the world. He has built his expertise by visiting more than 350 breweries nationwide. Nakata was also present to kick off the event! Nestlé’s managing executive officer Cedric Lacroix also makes an appearance.

    Cedric Lacroix commented that the products created with the help of Nakata have a favourable reputation in Japan. He stated that he is incredibly pleased to be working with Nakata for the pairing bar, as he is full of knowledge in the field of sake.


    Nakata stated:

    “We don’t have the mindset of creating a new product, but we intend to focus on the act of celebrating with people from the region by creating something new.


    Besides the KitKat Nihonshu Masuizumi and Umeshu Tsuru-ume, there is now a third collaboration KitKat flavour being released!

    You can experience 150 different pairings of KitKats and sake that have been carefully chosen by Nakata before they are on sale anywhere else! The AI will be introducing regional (Gotouchi) KitKats such as Kyushu Amaou strawberry and Gunma Asian skunk cabbage KitKat!


    “The sweetness of the chocolate combined with the sharp aftertaste of the dry alcohol is very interesting. The taste differs from person to person so I would like everyone to try it for themselves”, continued Nakata.


    “Having chocolate with alcohol is quite a normal thing to do, however, both chocolate and Japanese sake have a long, deep-rooted culture in Japan. There’s the impression that Japanese sake only goes well with traditional Japanese food (Washoku). Hopefully, this event helps people to discover this new combination of chocolate and Japanese sake”, he continued passionately. 


    The Gotouchi KitKat Pairing Bar will be running until national holiday Monday 29th April. Come try this brand new experience involving regional KitKat flavours and their matching Japanese sake!

  • This AI Chooses the Best KitKat Flavour to Pair With Your Sake

    30.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    The Gotochi KITKAT Pairing Bar will be open at Roppongi Hills from April 19 to 29 serving KitKat and sake pairings chosen from 1,650 combinations by AI.

    Japan is known for its KitKat flavours, with a total of 350 having been created to date, 40 of which are always available. Many of those flavours are made using ingredients from local regions across the country where they sold at those places’ souvenir shops. Their unique flavour combinations and colours have tickled the fancy of Japanese people and foreigners alike.

    The KITKAT Pairing Bar offers a new way for both locals and overseas visitors to enjoy eating KitKats by picking which flavour will go best for them when paired with sake.


    You must answer 5 questions at the bar from which the AI will filter your tastes from 150 combinations chosen that day. There will be a total of 1,650 combinations available across the 11 day period.


    Of course, you can purchase your local flavour KitKat there and then. The sake combinations were carefully selected and curated by Hidetoshi Nakata, a former soccer player and experienced sake expert who has tried well over 350 brands of sake all over Japan. The sake pairings are supervised by CRAFT SAKE WEEK.


    Have the AI find your flavours!

  • Venue for Japanese sake event CRAFT SAKE WEEK is a work of art!

    27.March.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    Sake brands from all across Japan are set to gather at Roppongi Hills in Tokyo for “CRAFT SAKE WEEK at ROPPONGI HILLS 2019”; an eleven-day event celebrating top-class Japanese sake that will run from April 19 to 29. The venue will be decorated with the Japanese essence of traditional handicrafts. During these 11 days, Roppongi will be transformed into a magical artistic space.

    CRAFT SAKE WEEK is where you can enjoy an atmosphere of a total of 110 carefully chosen Japanese breweries and numerous top-class restaurants. The venue was designed with this intention and has been designed with meticulous attention to detail. There will be a special guest attending the event; Yuko Nagayama! Nagayama designed the Japan Pavilion for Expo 2020 which is a worldwide innovation exhibition that will be held in Dubai.

    Hidetoshi Nakata worked alongside Nagayama to create the concept for the design of the venue and after much debate, they decided to base the design on something that represents the origin of the essence of Japanese culture: rope. Hemp rope is featured in the design as it has a variety of applications in Japan from festivals to everyday purposes and has been used since ancient times. The hemp rope used for this venue design is flexible and has excellent durability. Hemp rope has a sense of volume and is also light and weightless. No matter what perspective you view it from, its appearance has a dynamic impact.

    A Statement by Hidetoshi Nakata

    This event space created by Nagayama is not just high quality, but creates an atmosphere of the warmth of everyday life in Japan. You can feel this unique world she has created. This is a unique world that only Nagayama is capable of creating as a female architect. It is stylish and you can feel the comfort. I requested that she creates something that depicts and allows you to physically experience the wondrous essence of Japanese culture.  


    A statement by Yuko Nagayama

    I created this environment out of sustainable materials that have been used by Japan for many, many years. This environment is a place intended to lightly embrace those who love Japanese sake. I took advantage of the height of Roppongi Hills Arena. It’s 16 km tall and 570 hemp trees were used to make the three large canopies that cover the event space. The canopies naturally curve due to gravity. This natural curvy shape can be seen from afar and has become the symbol to represent the event.


    One by one, experience a range of Japanese breweries, and discover the depths of the flavours of Japanese sake. Not only is the alcohol the attraction, but the venue design is entirely new and magical. People from Japan and around the world will be gathering at this event so please come take your fill!

  • 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.

  • Craft Sake Week to Take Place in Roppongi Hills in 2019

    13.November.2018 | SPOT

    Sake brands from all across Japan are set to gather at Roppongi Hills next year for Craft Sake Week, an event celebrating Japanese sake that will run from April 19 to 29.

    First held in Roppongi back in 2016, Craft Sake Week is produced by JAPAN CRAFT SAKE COMPANY which is spearheaded by Hidetoshi Nakata who has tried well over 300 brands of sake all over Japan. The event is being held as “a place for people to enjoy and learn about top brand sake.” Each day of the event will have its own theme which will be led by 10 different sake breweries. Each and every brand is valued equally, giving attendees a chance to find their favourite brands and brewers.

    As well as being able to try out different drinks, there will be a chance to talk to sake experts who can advise on the best ways to pick out and enjoy sake. A line-up of food will also be available to complement the beverages on show. There will be many popular restaurants in attendance.


    To date, around 400,000 people have attended the event including those from outside Japan, and the event aims to bring in even more visitors from overseas. The event has grown in popularity and is now also recognised worldwide.

    Nakata doesn’t just want to celebrate and promote sakeーhe also wants to spread Japanese culture. That’s why every little thing at the event has been considered, from the venue design down to the cups you drink from.


    The event won the Golden World Awards in October this year, an international award which recognises excellence in public relations practice. It was highly regarded for creating a space to spread Japanese sake culture to a diverse audience and for making sake appealing to the world.


    If you’re in Japan next year and a true lover of sake then you won’t want to miss the 4th run of Craft Sake Week.

  • Drink Sake in a Café Setting at Kuranoya in Shimbashi

    17.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Japanese sake bar Kuranoya held the grand opening of its second branch at the Karasumori exit of Shimbashi Station on May 15, 2018.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    The main components of Kuranoya are sake and meat. Drinks are their forte, and they offer up a wide variety along with the perfect meal to match.  They clear away stereotypes and confidently serve up food with a Western essence along with Japanese sake.


    Their beverage line-up includes amino acids and is recommended to those who are looking to take care of their health and beauty. The café interior is stylish with the colour white as the base.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口sub7 (2)

    Drinks range from affordable prices such as ¥299 (pre-tax) for one cup of sake to more premium brands. There are high table counter seats which make for the perfect date setting, or even customers on their own.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    There’s even an all-you-can-drink plan with close to 30 brands of sake which can be enjoyed either across a two-hour period or an unlimited period. As well as their stock of highly valuable premium sake, the café even offers a sangria made using Japanese sake.

    日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口日本酒バル 蔵のや」新橋・烏森口

    Whether you’re going on a date or having a girl’s get-together, Kuranoya can be used for numerous settings and promises delicious food and drinks.



    Kuranoya Karasumori

    Address: Murakami Bldg. 1F, Shimashi, Minato, Tokyo
    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
    Price: 2 Hours – ¥2,500 (Pre-Tax) / Unlimited Time – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax)
    Days: Monday to Thursday, Saturday (*Within the café’s business hours only)

    *Limited places.


    Sea Urchin

    Special Opening Price: ¥29 (Pre-Tax)
    Available: May 21, 2018―May 31, 2018
    *Reservations required.
    *Normal price of ¥599 (Pre-Tax) to begin at the end of the campaign.

  • Sake App “SakeWiz” to be Released in Japan, US, Canada and Singapore for iOS & Android

    13.May.2018 | FOOD

    A mobile app called SakeWiz used for finding information on Japanese sake was released on May 8, 2018 and is available on iOS and Android in Japan, the US, Canada and Singapore.


    There’s been a boom recently amongst young females in Japan for local sake. SakeWiz was developed to play a role in helping spread the boom of Japanese sake even more through the internet.


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


    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.


    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.


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





    ・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




    Firenze SAKE:http://firenzesake.jp/

  • “Nanoan” Sake Bar Opens in Old Fashioned House in Tennoji, Osaka

    11.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    A one-hundred year old residence from the Taisho Period in Osaka’s Tennoji ward has been renovated and turned into a Japanese sake bar called Nanoan. This is the second store by Nanakura, which is located in the same area as the bar, Chausuyama.

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

    The quiet residence is located in the middle of Tennoji about 2-minutes from the station. The neighbourhood of Tennoji has been undergoing development, and the house used to build Nanoan is said to be the last remaining residence from the Taisho Period.

    Customers can look forward to enjoying meals made with exquisite ingredients as well as drinks in this historical, antique-looking building. It’s located just 1-minute on foot from the first store, Nanakura. Located right by is Tennoji Park, and from the second floor, you can see Keitakuen Garden.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」3

    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.

    大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」ランチ大阪・天王寺 「菜乃庵 nanoan」 ランチ

    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!




    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/


  • Sake World Cup 2018 to be Held in Kyoto with Sake from Around the World

    09.May.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    ‘Sake’ is part of Japanese culture known across the globe, and just as the title of the event suggests, Sake World Cup 2018 is the first international event where you can try tasting sake made outside Japan.


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




    ‘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!



    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/


  • Standing Style Japanese Sake Bar Junmaishu YATA to Open in Chubu Centrair International Airport

    19.April.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

    Tachinomi is a type of Japanese bar that focuses on standing and drinking rather than sitting down. The new branch of Junmaishu YATA is one of these, and will open in Chubu Centrair International Airport on April 25, 2018 as the first branch from the company to open inside an airport.



    The idea behind the new store is that rather than branching out overseas, they wanted to set up shop at Chubu Centrair International Airport where both Japanese and those from overseas gather to offer seriously delicious sake for everybody to enjoy.



    YATA is a standing-style bar where customers can casually and easily enjoy Japanese sake. All the drinks on their menu are junmaishu, which is sake made from just rice and rice malt with no added. There’s no menu display. Instead, you can converse with the staff while choosing a drink of your course.



    The bar is thoroughly particular about the ingredients, brands, chasers and so on of the drinks served there. There’s even an all-you-can-drink option.  It’s great for how simple it is, as well as the reasonable prices.



    Despite the current climate of strict regulations, YATA has overcome various hurdles and will successfully open in Chubu Centrair International Airport. Head on in if you’re passing through and experience their passion for yourself.



    Junmaishu YATA Centrair

    Address: Chubu Centrair International Airport Passenger Terminal Building 4F, 1-1 Centrair, Tokoname-shi, Aichi Prefecture

    Day of Opening: April 25, 2018

    Opening Hours: 8:00-21:00 (Weekdays, Weekends & Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    Access: 28-minutes from Meitetsu Nagoya Station (If using μ-SKY)

    TEL: 0569-89-2225

    Website: https://junmaishu.net


  • “Amazakae Ice” using “Dassai’s” sake rice malt will be sold at “Natural Kitchen” in Omotesando

    07.March.2018 | FOOD

    “Natural Kitchen Omotesando,” a very popular collaborative café using special ingredients, will sell the sake rice malt drink, “Amazake Milk” using the sake called “Dassai” for a limited-time-offer by collaborating with Hokkaido’s popular ice cream brand, “Naganuma Ice no Ie.”


    “Naganuma Ice no Ie” produces high quality products using fresh Hokkaido milk. The milk has been pasteurized at a low temperature, preserving the protein quality. Because this process is utilized, you can enjoy the rich aroma and smooth texture of “Dassai.”

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    “Amazake Ice” uses the rice malt of “Dassai” but it does not include any alcohol. Therefore, they named the product “Amazake (sake without alcohol) Milk.” The product is recommended for both alcohol lovers and persons who are not familiar with alcohol.


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    Amazake Milk Ice plate – 880 yen (tax out)


    This rich flavored ice cream, using the highest quality rice malt of the very popular sake, “Dassai” can only be eaten at “Natural Kitchen” in the Kanto Area.


    Don’t miss this limited-time-offer Amazake Milk Ice!




    Natural Kitchen Omotesando

    Address: GYRE B1F, 5-10-1, Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

    Business hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (L.O. 20:30)

    Fixed holiday: undecided