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Japanese Sake - Summer Sale 20% Off

JAPANESE SAKE – SPECIAL SUMMER SALE 20% OFF

JAPANESE SAKE – SPECIAL SUMMER SALE 20% OFF!  To celebrate this summer, we are offering you an exclusive 20% OFF on all Nishioka’s sakes if you buy two bottles or more! Use our special coupon code KURE20 on the checkout page to get the discount. The promotion is available until August 2nd 23:59 Japan Standard Time. Enjoy drinking the premium and rare sakes produced in limited quantity selected by The Nihonshu. Offer Ends In (D/H/M/S): See Terms & Conditions Save 20% on The Rarest Sakes Get the best Japanese sakes for you and the sake lovers around you! Nishioka’s sake brewery was founded in 1781 and is the oldest one in Kochi… Read More »JAPANESE SAKE – SPECIAL SUMMER SALE 20% OFF

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NISHIOKA SAKE BREWERY SINCE 1781

The Oldest Brewery In Kochi Prefecture Nishioka brewery is located in the small town of Nakatosa in Kochi Prefecture and was founded in 1781! The brewery is a rarity in modern sake production terms, producing only small quantities at a time which ensures quality in every bottle. For the past 240 years, Nishioka brewery has polished and mastered its dry sake brewing techniques despite the warm and wet climate of southern Japan. Among all the sakes available at Nishioka sake brewery, we’ve selected our top 5. They are all typical dry sake from Kochi prefecture (SMV +5) but with different grades and aromas. The sakes below are are all produced… Read More »NISHIOKA SAKE BREWERY SINCE 1781

Momotaro sakes

Top 5 Momotaro Sakes

INTRODUCTION Fumimoto Sake Brewery was founded in 1903 and was stated as the best sake brewery in town. At that time, there were about eight sake breweries, but now only Fumimoto Sake Brewery is remaining in the area. At first, Irikoma was their signature brand but later on they made a brand new one called Momotaro. It is their signature brand since 1966. A Sake For All The name “Momotaro” was chosen by the people living in the town. When you hear the locals talking about Momotaro in the town, they are referring to Fumimoto Sake Brewery. In general, when Japanese people talk about Tosa’s sake, they often describe them… Read More »Top 5 Momotaro Sakes

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Sweet or Dry Sake? How to know?

What does Sake Meter Value (SMV) mean? Nihonshu-do (日本酒度) or Sake Meter Value (SMV) is the way to measure the density of Japanese sake. They can be heavy or light and are compared with water. In Japanese sake world, the specified temperature for water is set at 4°C and they’ve set to 15°C for sake, probably because in Japan, the room temperature is around this temperature.   A high SMV means that the sake’s weight at a specified temperature is lighter than the water at this specified temperature. If you have a low SMV, your sake is heavier. Understanding sake’s weight  Sake has a different amount of sugar so its weight will… Read More »Sweet or Dry Sake? How to know?

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Sushi/Sashimi and Sake Pairings: The Ultimate Guide

Sushi/Sashimi and Sake pairings guide Japan is world famous for its delicacies and yet, it is quite difficult to choose the right sake to go with your dinner. Just like for wine, there are different types that match more or less your food. In this blog article, we will talk about how to pair your favorite sushi and sashimi with your sake. We will give you some useful recommendations for each type of sake. Let’s check it out! Assortment of sushi Japan offers different varieties of fish, mollusks and shellfish, where you can find them raw in supermarkets ready to eat. How much do you know?  SUSHI or SASHIMI? Traditionally, sashimi… Read More »Sushi/Sashimi and Sake Pairings: The Ultimate Guide

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How to read a Sake Label?

Do you need help in identifying your bottle of sake? A sake label is just as important as a wine label, you will see a lot of information that will tell you what kind of sake you should expect from (apart from its design).If you cannot read Japanese, it may be difficult to understand the quality of the sake but with our complete guide below, you will never misread a sake label anymore. Note: Labels can vary from one to another, so your label might not have all the information written below. Bring up your sake bottle and let’s check together! Collection of sake from Hyogo prefecture How would you… Read More »How to read a Sake Label?

Discover an award-winning sake from Kochi: Ipponzuri Daiginjo

One of our most prestigious sake is Ipponzuri Daiginjo, but where does this name come from? What’s Ipponzuri? Ipponzuri means single-line fishing and is a traditional technique that the fishermen in Japan catch the fishes in Kochi. It is a unique method and a sustainable way to catch katsuo fishes using a combination of a rod and line, and a basic sonar. By using this fishing method, it minimizes the damage to the flesh, so the fish will become even more delicious. Ippon-zuri technique demands years of experience in intuition and skillful technique to catch the fish one at a time. Fishermen catching skipjack tuna (bonito) If you ever visit… Read More »Discover an award-winning sake from Kochi: Ipponzuri Daiginjo

Online Store Opening: Limited-Time 20% Off

The Nihonshu is happy to announce its online store launch today! We are super excited to start sharing our best premium selection of Nihonshu! As you know, Japan is the home of Nihonshu, commonly called sake or saké in the West. This alcoholic beverage, made by fermenting polished rice, is popular all over Japan. Despite its local popularity, Nihonshu is still not well-known in other countries. At The Nihonshu, we want to expand the reach of sake culture, and share our personal love of this Japanese wonder with all of you around the world. One of Japan’s most prestigious sake production regions is Kochi Prefecture, in southern Japan.  Among the… Read More »Online Store Opening: Limited-Time 20% Off

What is Katsuo no tataki?

One of Kochi’s most famous dishes is katsuo no tataki, a seared bonito. It is a type of tuna caught all around Japan, especially in Kochi prefecture. No one knows how to prepare katsuo quite like people in Kochi. They are grilled over a fire, giving it an extraordinary smoky flavor. When the outer layer is seared, the fish is plunged into iced water to stop the cooking process, leaving the center raw. The fish fillet is cut into thick slices and served either dipped in salt, or ponzu dressing (soy citrus), alongside with chopped spring onions and sliced raw garlic. The best type of sake to go with your… Read More »What is Katsuo no tataki?

Origins of Sake

Sake’s origins The origins of sake merge with the beginning of rice cultivation in Japan around 2,500 years ago. The earliest writings mentioning Japanese sake have been discovered in Chinese history books dating back to the 3rd century. It says that the Japanese enjoy sake and usually get together to drink it together at funerals. It was then necessary to wait for the 8th century and the “fudoki” to find new mentions about the production of sake. These reports shed light on the original production methods. In the 10th century, the book “Engishiki” commissioned by Emperor Daigo gives a more precise description of the sake production methods. The sakes were… Read More »Origins of Sake