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Ep. 33 Emergence of Sake Series: Sake in Modern Times

Last time we were talking about the Edo period, which brought many techniques and innovations into sake brewing resulting in better and more stable sake. But the real revolution in sake-making happened after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate: during the Meiji era but particularly at the beginning of the 20th century. In this episode I am talking about huge changes in the sake industry, the foundation of the National Research Institute of Brewing and the development of yamahai and sokujo brewing methods.

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Episode’s Content:

  • When sake first officially travelled to Europe and bottling
  • The abolition of the Sakekabu system
  • The development of sake rice
  • National Research Institute of Brewing (NRIB)
  • Yamahai: no more rice pounding
  • Sokujo-moto: modern sake brewing
  • Other sake developments
  • Sake of the episode: Daishichi Masakura Kimoto Junmai Ginjo

Sake mentioned:
Daishichi Masakura Kimoto Junmai Ginjo
Daishichi Brewery
Japan Centre

The Passionate Foodie: Saké in Bottles

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Music used:
Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown

Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz


Vocal: Svetla


Alex is a London-based sake blogger, podcaster, IWC Sake judge and sake advocate. He is a publisher of the Sugidama Blog website and a host of the Sugidama Podcast. Alex has an International Kikisake-shi (Sake Specialist) qualification from SSI (Sake Service Institute). He sees his mission as expanding the awareness of Japanese sake among as many people as possible and helping the growing community of sake lovers to bring together beautiful Japanese sake and non-Japanese food as a way to build a better understanding between our cultures.

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