Japanese Sake Brand SAKE HUNDRED Launches Overseas Sales
07.January.2021 | FOOD
SAKE HUNDRED, a sake brand managed by Japanese sake company Clear, began exporting its products overseas in December 2020. Currently, the brand is available in Dubai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, with plans to expand to other areas in the future as well as into restaurants and via overseas e-commerce websites.
UAE | Dubai
Zuma Dubai is a restaurant located in the international financial centre of Dubai, at the heart of the city. Diners can enjoy contemporary Japanese cuisine in the vicinity of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. It’s a sophisticated restaurant visited by many celebrities and wealthy people. The restaurant’s sommelier, Ryuji Hamada, personally chose SAKE HUNDRED for the restaurant.
Zuma Dubai: https://zumarestaurant.com/locations/dubai/
Whistler established itself in 1999 in an effort to prove alcoholic beverages from Japan for consumers to enjoy in Singapore. SAKE HUNDRED has been made available via the company’s official online shop with plans not only to sell the beverages but to feature them in local restaurants and at pairing events.
Whistler Wine & Spirits: https://whistler.com.sg/
SAKE HUNDRED is now available in-store and on the official website of LIQUID GOLD, a luxury alcohol store situated in the business district and financial centre of Hong Kong with skyscrapers towering up into a million dollar view of the night sky.
LIQUID GOLD: https://www.liquidgold.com.hk
The USA is the biggest importer of Japanese alcohol. SAKE HUNDRED plans to take its stock to major cities across the country such as New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, and more. It will subsequently branch out to the UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere.
Official Website: https://sake100.com/
Popular SNS Character ‘Yosi Stamp’ Opens Pre-Orders for Limited Milk Liquor Collab
28.October.2021 | FOOD
Popular social media character ‘Yosi Stamp’ has collaborated with liquor store ‘KURAND’ to produce a limited edition drink. The ‘Yosi Stamp’s 100% Milk Liquor,’ which features a brand new ‘Yosi Stamp’ illustration on the label, will be available to pre-order for a limited time until November 7 at 17:00.
The natural milk liquor is free of preservatives, colorings, and additives, and comes with a unique illustrated label, where the rabbit and chick characters have been transformed into cows! For a limited time, customers will also receive a free ‘Yosi Stamp’ original glass, so be sure to nab it while you can.
Yosi Stamp’s 100% Milk Liquor
Availability: October 8 at 17:00 ~ November 7 2021 at 17:00
Delivery Period: Scheduled to start in late November
Retail Selling Price: ¥4,500 (Tax Incl.)
Bonus: Yosi Beads Original Glass
Official Site: http://yosistamp.co.jp/
Lottery Open to Snag ALIENS GALAXY 2021, a Sake That Traveled Through Space
05.October.2021 | FOOD
Want a bottle of sake that’s been to space? Liquor Innovation is opening a lottery through October 16 to snag a bottle of ALIENS GALAXY 2021, and as you would imagine the number of these items is extremely limited.
ALIENS GALAXY 2021 started brewing on October 1, 2005, also known as ‘Sake Day.’ Using Kochi-grown yeast and rice, this brew then spent ten days orbiting the Earth on the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. This is only the second year ALIENS GALAXY 2021 will be available, after an incredibly positive response in 2020. With a refreshingly light and dry taste, the sake is a great example of Kochi’s dry sake culture, and showing up to a party with this in hand is sure to have people talking!
ALIENS GALAXY 2021
Price: ¥7,800 (Tax Included)
Lottery Period: October 1, 17:00 – October 16, 12:00
Far Yeast Brewing Opens Branch in Taiwan’s East District, Serving Japanese Craft Beer
Far Yeast Brewing Co., Ltd., a craft beer maker that shares original Japanese beer with the world beer, will be opening their first directly managed overseas store in Taiwan. The Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gasteopub will be celebrating its grand opening in Taipei City, Taiwan on October 16 2021.
The Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub is the fourth directly managed store following the Tokyo-Gotanda, Shizuoka-Atami, and Fukuoka branches, as well as the first overseas location.
The Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub” will have 15 taps, offering not only the core brands Kawa KAGUA and Far Yeast, but also their special Japanese craft beer that can’t be found anywhere else in Taiwan. You can enjoy the beer alongside a selection of modern Japanese-themed meals.
Far Yeast Lychee Haze
To commemorate the opening, the company has brewed the Fruited Hazy IPA ‘Far Yeast Lychee Haze’ in collaboration with Taiwanese brewery UGLY HALF BEER, using Taiwanese lychee to flavor. The drink will be pre-released in Japan, available from September 30 with preorders opening from 13:00 on September 21.
The combination of Nelson Sauvin hops with a grape-like aroma and the tropical scent of the citrus and coconut Sabro hops compliment the gentle and sweet flavor of lychee, enticing all craft beer enthusiasts to Taipei.
Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub is expected to have an international customer base, as the gastropub is located in Taipei’s East District, an area with a high population of foreign nationals and business people. Now that overseas travel has become much harder, the new branch will allow customers to enjoy the varied tastes of Japanese craft beer and the richness of Japanese food.
Far Yeast Taiwan Craftbeer Gastropub 源流台灣精釀啤酒餐酒館
Address: No. 322, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City,Taiwan 106
Access: A four minute walk from Taipei Metro (MRT) Bannan Line’s Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station
Opening Hours: 11:30 ~ 14:30 (LO 14:00)
17:30 ~ 24:00 (LO 23:30)
*Opening hours subject to change
Far Yeast Lychee Haze
Sales Start Date: September 30 2021
Retail Price: Subject to retailer
Purchase Online: https://faryeast.stores.jp/
The Westin Tokyo Hotel to Offer Premium Autumn Parfaits for Limited Time
05.September.2021 | FOOD
Three delicious desserts are coming to The Westin Tokyo for a limited time! Beginning October 1, visitors to the hotel can enjoy a collection of premium parfaits filled with seasonal ingredients and western liquors unique to the executive bar, simply named The Bar. These will be available until November 28, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday nights only.
Chocolate Parfait with Figs and Red Berries
Chestnut and Apple Parfait
Chestnut and Hazelnut Mont Blanc Parfait
The chocolate parfait includes whole figs and bright red berries, and is finished with rich port. Calvados was added to the Chestnut and Apple Parfait, allowing guests to enjoy a refreshing combination of nuts, fruits, and mascarpone. The Mont Blanc Parfait includes a fragrant rum from Martinique, and has a richer dessert flavor.
The executive pastry chef carefully layers each parfait by hand, and these unique treats combining flavors of both east and west can only be found at The Westin Tokyo!
Premium Autumn Parfait
Available: October 1 – November 28, 2021 (Only available Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays)
Price: ¥3,000 each (Tax and Service Charge Included)
Location: Executive Bar “The Bar” (1F)
Suntory’s Flagship Single Malt Whisky ‘Yamazaki’ Gets Limited-Edition Bottle
17.January.2021 | FOOD
Suntory has announced the release of a special edition of its single malt whisky, Yamazaki Limited Edition 2021, which will be released in Japan in limited quantities from May 25, 2021.
The whisky comes from Japan’s first and oldest malt distillery, multi-layered with fruit and Mizunara aromas. It is rich in Japanese nature and craftsmanship and has gone on to become one of the most popular whiskies in Japan for its delicate flavour. The prestige of the drink has also led it to be praised by whisky lovers around the world. The malt is carefully aged over the years and throughout the four seasons in its casks.
The new limited-edition version has been prepared in new Mizunara malt casks and is perfect as a gift. It’s also limited in stock making it a rare must-grab for drinkers of the brand.
Grapes For Wine Now Being Picked at Shiojiri Station’s Platforms
Shiojiri is a city in central Nagano with a population of 67,000 (as of April 2020). As a tourist destination, it’s a place that goes under the radar, but it’s actually home to the best quality grapes for wine in Japan, and also boasts 17 wineries (as of April 2020).
Shiojiri is a place with many tourist attractions, such as the historical town of Narai-juku whose streets still echo the Edo Period, Kiso-Hirasawa lacquerware, the Hiraide ruins which are one of Japan’s three biggest ruins, Takabotchiyama which has become known for appearing in anime and Japanese drama series in recent years, the local dish “sanzokuyaki” (large fried chicken), and more.
In 1988, the city of Shiojiri began growing grapes at Shiojiri Station to promote the city’s grapes and wine. It has gone on to become famous as the only station in Japan with grape production. They grow Merlot and Niagara grapes.
The station encourages volunteers to help pick the grapes. The first picks of this year’s season began on May 29, and the efforts are being posted about on the city’s official social media accounts and website. The Merlot wine made from the grapes picked in August last year is also ready and will be posted about soon too.
Platforms 3 & 4
Shiojiri Tourism Association Official Website: https://tokimeguri.jp/
BULK HOMME to Open Online Store in UK and France
Men’s skincare brand BULK HOMME had postponed their sales in UK and France due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but they are now set to open their official online store to the neighbouring countries on May 26, 2020.
The new global brand website will be viewable in both English and French. In-store sales however are currently on hold due to the lockdown measures. BULK HOMME’s products will also be sold through the French men’s cosmetics websites MenCorner and Comptoir de l’homme.
THE FACE WASH
THE SCALP SERUM
Select UK & France Products (Dropping May 26, 2020)
THE FACE WASH / THE TONER / THE LOTION / THE SHAMPOO / THE TREATMENT / THE SCALP SERUM / THE BUBBLE NET
*More products will be added to the list at a later date – those are still TBA.
French Ecommerce Websites
Comptoir de l’homme: https://www.comptoirdelhomme.com/cosmetiques-bulk-homme
Japan’s Men Skin Care Brand BULK HOMME to Release Products in France & UK
BULK HOMME, a Japanese skin care brand for men, is releasing a line of its popular products in France and the United Kingdom on March 20, 2020. To date, the company has focused in the Asian region, stocking shelves in Taiwan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong. This will be the first time the company makes its mark in Europe.
BULK HOMME placed top in the Hair Product category at Cosmoprof Bologna 2019 for its product “THE SHAMPOO,” held in Italy last March, making it the first Japanese men’s brand to do so. French professional footballer Kylian Mbappé was even enlisted as the global ambassador for the brand in June 2019.
The company is also using its European expansion as an opportunity to replace its outer packaging form a clear case to paper that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This will begin rolling out this March.
Products Releasing in France/UK
THE FACE WASH
THE SCALP SERUM
THE BUBBLE NET
BULK HOMME is aiming to be in 100 stores throughout France and the UK by March 2021, focusing on getting into upend department stores and with future plans to get into cosmetic stores.
Release Date: (France/UK): March 20, 2020
Official Website: https://bulk.co.jp/
Enjoy Pirate-Themed Food, Cocktails, Desserts And More at DisneySea This Summer
Tokyo DisneySea launched their special event called Disney Pirates Summer which will run until September 1. The event includes the launch of 16 colourful pirate-themed menus.
We headed straight to Mediterranean restaurant Cafe Portofino to fill ourselves up on the delicious menu. Cafe Portofino is the nearest restaurant to the entrance of DisneySea. Once you find the Mediterranean Harbor, you will find it on the right.
Special set: ￥ 1,880 ① Potatoes and Roast Beef Salad ②Linguine topped with Olive and Caper Tomato Sauce and served with Battered Yellowfin Sole Fish ③ Lychee Pudding with Lemon Jelly topped with Mixed Fruit ④ A choice of Soft Drink ⑤ Pay an extra ￥310 for an alcoholic drink.
I ordered the special set which is surprisingly big but definitely enough to satisfy the hungry pirates, who are always boasting about their enormous appetite.
I started with the potato and roast beef salad, which was dressed in balsamic vinegar. The taste was so refreshing which is just what you want during the summer. The rosemary-flavoured potatoes were soft and a perfect match with the beetroot.
The linguine was chewy and springy and the capers produced a mildly tangy flavour. I am not usually a big fan of olives, but these were very delicious. The battered fish was crispy and not oily, which is suitable for children and adults.
Just looking at the lychee pudding with lemon jelly is enough to make you feel refreshed. It is packed with fruit and takes on the image of a pirate’s treasure chest that is full of colourful rubies. This is the perfect way to clean your palate.
Ordering the special set allows you to choose a soft drink. If you pay an extra ￥310, you can change this drink into an alcoholic drink.
Sparkling Cocktail ( Rum and Mango Sherbet) On its own: ￥680
This cocktail takes on the image of a pile of pirate treasure. Mango sherbet sits on top of the cocktail like nuggets of precious gold. The base of the cocktail is rum and peach and the refreshing alcoholic flavour of the rum is moderately sweet, spreading instantaneously through your mouth on your first sip. The solid texture of the mango makes the cocktail even more enjoyable, so please mix it thoroughly before devouring.
The bakery next to Cafe Portofino called Mamma Biscotti’s Bakery is selling desserts which come with souvenirs that you can take home with you.
Mango Jelly and Orange Mousse with Souvenir Mug: ￥800
Jelly, mousse and meringue whip is layered in the mug. This refreshing dessert not only looks pretty, but is also made up of a range of fun textures for you to enjoy.
You can take the souvenir mug back home with you. Its design features Mickey Mouse and friends dressed as pirates.
Coffee Roll Cake with Souvenir Plate: ￥800
This is the perfect dessert for adults because it is slightly bitter. The layers of sponge, cream and bitter coffee makes for a range of delicious flavours. This plate’s design also features Mickey Mouse, who has dressed up as a pirate for the event. This would be perfect to take home with you to remember your trip!
DisneySea is the perfect place to cool down this summer and create many wonderful memories, so please do pay a visit.
Disney Pirates Summer
Running: July 9 ー September 1, 2019
Tokyo Disney Resort: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/
Vermicular Musui–Kamado Cast Iron Induction Cooker Wins A’Design Award
05.June.2019 | BUSINESS
The new Vermicular Musui–Kamado developed by AICHI DOBBY won a Gold award at the A’Design Award & Competition 2019 in Italy. The award rankings from highest to lowest are Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron. The Gold awards make up only the top 3% of all awards in the competition, making it a feat to be celebrated.
The Vermicular Musui–Kamado is a cast iron induction cooker. It is an upgrade of the Vermicular Rice Pot which was released in Japan in December 2016, adding several new settings to it including “waterless” cooking and precision cooking. The cooker was re-branded as the Musui–Kamado and hit the US market in January this year.
The cooker is also the winner of the JIDA Design Museum Selection Vol.19 and 2017 Good Design in Japan as well as the iF Design Award 2019 and Red Dot Design 2019 in Germany.
With these awards, AICHI DOBBY continues to push their expert craft to the international market and place “Made in Japan” items into peoples’ homes around the world.