5 sake to celebrate Christmas and New Year

It feels like summer was only yesterday, and behold, it's already the end of the year! And it’s a great time to try new sake. Not only there are plenty of opportunities to try it at various tastings but also it’s a good way to celebrate the New Year a bit differently with a glass of sparkling sake at the midnight or a tumbler of nice mellow koshu at the end of the night. Read about my 5 choices of festive sake and make your choice. Kampai!

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Japan 2019: Sake in the Air

After a stressful house move, we managed to sleep through the flight and landed in Japan. We hoped to relax in Kyoto but had to move from Airbnb to a hotel. Read about our first day in Japan!

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5 great sake to enjoy this autumn

Autumn is a special time for sake. To help you to choose a right sake I have selected 5 sake to drink with hearty autumn meals. I have also included a few simple tips how to choose a perfect autumn sake! Kampai!

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Japan 2019: plans and schedules
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Japan 2019: plans and schedules

“So when could we go?” my daughter asked. She meant Japan, of course. Ever since our first trip there in 2016, I have wanted to go back. I had this…

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The importance of having comments

I've been writing in my blog for almost 2 years. In order to make it better I need more feedback from my readers. So I have a plea: please get in touch with me through comments, subscription or direct messages.

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Sugidama Tsukimi Sake Drinks

Have you ever experienced that sweet feeling when you have been contemplating about doing something for some time and finally accomplishing it? You look back and say: Yes, we did it! Sugidama Tsukimi Sake Drinks were fun and a great opportunity to meet old and new friends with a glass of sake.

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Moonlight and… sake! What is Tsukimi?
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Moonlight and… sake! What is Tsukimi?

Tsukimi (月見)is an ancient Japanese tradition of autumn moon viewing. So what did and does tsukimi involve? At the very beginning, it was a moon-viewing party at which people play music and compose poetry. I assume that Heian aristocrats were drinking sake on those parties as well.

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SSI sake taste profiles
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SSI sake taste profiles

SSI taste profiles is a great way to assess and remember the sake you try. The Sake Service Institute (SSI) have divided all the sake into four categories, kun-shu, sou-shu, jun-shu and juku-shu based on two criteria: aroma and flavour. Read a brief overview of all the four profiles including examples of sake for each.

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