Japanese rice wine (sake)

What to Buy in Tokushima in 2018: 10 Great Souvenirs from the Land of Awa Odori

Prominently known for its spellbinding Awa Dance Festival (Awa Odori) – the largest traditional dance festival in Japan – Tokushima Prefecture attracts tens of thousands of travelers every August. Once there, they are taken in by the unparalleled charm of this easternmost prefecture of Shikoku. Here are just some of the highlights: the powerful Naruto…

Join These 2 Interesting Spring Events in Kyoto and Nara This April 2018!

Spring has already started in Japan. It is probably one of the well-loved seasons in the country for most areas are not only blanketed by pink flowers but there are also many traditional celebrations. These events are pretty exciting and lively with fun performances, sakura-flavored snacks, and enjoyable booths. If you happen to be in…

What to Buy in Mie in 2018: 10 Souvenirs From the Sacred Land of Japan

Mie Prefecture was propelled to prominence on the global stage when it hosted the G7 Summit in Ise-Shima in May of 2016. And why would the G7 leaders not want to gather in Mie? Aside from being home to Ise Jingu, Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Mie Prefecture is also a delightful place where you…

Do You Know These 12 Women Sake Brewers in Japan? Find Out About Them!

The conventional idea is that sake (rice wine) making is a man’s job, as it requires manual labor. This is partly the reason why there are usually no women workers in sake breweries in Japan. Now, a few of the sake breweries in the country are actually owned by women, and they have recently collaborated…

This Lovely Izakaya Chain in Japan Will Take You Back to the Showa Period!

A trip to Japan will make most people aware of the nation’s drinking culture. Not only do the Japanese pride themselves on sake (or nihonshu or shochuu if you want to be technical), but they also have a wide variety of cocktails that is sure to never bore any man or woman old enough to…

2 Dining Districts Famous Among Locals Located Between Narita Airport and Tokyo

If you’re looking for the essence of Japanese sake, the first place you should go to is an “izakaya” (traditional Japanese pub). At an izakaya, you can try sake and delicious side dishes unique to Japan. While izakaya serve simple food, the flavor is out of this world, and the atmosphere inside is the perfect…

These 2 Special Wines Are the Perfect Complements to Popular Japanese Dish, Sushi

Although there are several types of wines that go well with any type of dish, there are some that were specifically created to complement a particular dish. There are a few wine brands targeting sushi lovers with their pair-up drinks known as “sushi wines.” Check out these two wines that are meant to be enjoyed…

Going Drinking in Japan? Here Are 7 Tips and Rules to Keep in Mind

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…
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