DAISHICHI-BIG SEVEN-NIGHT at Sakagura Sat Sep 5th 2009



Saturday, September 5th, 2009

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

We are very proud of announcing the arrival of early autumn exclusive sake event!

Daishichi Brewery is well known in the U.S. and they have been strictly particular about  traditional “kimoto” brewing.   This event will be led by Mr. Ad Blankestijn from Daishichi Sake Brewery  (http://english.daishichi.com/)
and Sake sommelier, Mrs. Chizuko Niikawa-Helton from Sake Discoveries (http://www.sakediscoveries.com/) .

Tasting event will feature six sake selections (two sake tasting sets) .

Daishichi Junmai Daiginjo Set  (50 ml Each) ($60.00)
*Myoka Rangyoku
*Daishichi Horeki

Daishichi Sakes (50 ml Each) and Daishichi’s Ume Plum Appetizer Set
*Minowamon, Junmai Daiginjo
*Daishichi Classic, Junmai
*Yukishibori, Nigori Honjozo

this set is limited

Please note that this event is “first-come, first-served” basis. We cannot hold orders in advance.

Enjoy the masterpieces  of  Daishichi brewer’s art this opportunity!

We are looking forward to seeing many of you with great Daishichi sakes!


212-953-SAKE (7253)

Business Hours:
Mon-Fri   11:30 AM –  2:20 PM
Mon-Thu  6:00 PM – 11:45 PM
Fri-Sat       6:00 PM – 12:45 AM
Sun            6:00 PM – 10:45 PM


SATC I’ve guided “hints of enjoying Sake in NYC” on web magazine PECO PECO! (sorry, it’s all Japanese, but you can enjoy nice pictures!)

Check this out!!

Dojo Sukui Manju—Do-man–from Shimane pref.

domanIMG_0491Today’s my snack is “Dojo Sukui Manju”( scooping loach steamed white bean paste bun)

Do-man is a shortened form of Dojo Sukui Manju.

It’s very cute Japanese sweets, but little hard to explain about this name actually….

Dojo Sukui- scooping loach is very classic party dance for making guests laugh in Japan. Dojo Sukui Dance

Nakaura Foods of Shimane prefecture has produced this popular sweets “Dojo Sukui Manju”, and we can buy this sweets at Katagiri super market in New York now.

Katagiri 224 E 59th St # A, New York, NY‎ – (212) 838-5453

Nakayama foods 678 Nishi Kawatsucho, Matsue-shi, Shimane, Japan 690-0823 TEL (0852)21-0844

I had a dinner with Ms. Matsumoto of Nakayama foods and her friends last night at Sakagura. It was our first meeting for us. She found me on some website because she is also Kiki-sake-shi(certified sake sommelier by Sake Service Institute)! It might have been seemed like we could talk about sake forever!

I decided traveling Shimane prefecture for next Japan trip!! I’ve never been there yet, and I got cool Kiki-sake-shi lady friend of Shimane, why don’t I go visit her?? Can not wait~~~!!

NURIE:The Japanese Picture Coloring Exhibition on Fri. Sep.25th 2009


Kiichi Tsutaya The Japanese Picture Coloring Exhibition in New York

September 21 – October 3, 2009 (Opening Reception on Friday, September 25th, 6:00pm – 8:00 pm)

At Tenri Cultural Institute of New York

43A West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Hours: Mon-Thu, 12:00pm – 6pm, Sat, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Fri and Sun, closed

My friend of Tokyo, Ms. Masa Kaneko is the director of an Nurie museum in Tokyo, and a niece of the most famous Nurie artist Mr. Kiichi Tsutaya. (Kiichi passed away at the age of 91 in February 2005.)

She is traveling and holding exhibitions in all over the world for introducing her uncle’s great Nurie arts.

I don’t remember well I was using Kiichi’s nurie books actually, but I definitely loved Nurie arts a lot when I was a little girl, and Kiichi’s arts remind me about many cute memories of my childhood….

Ms. Kaneko will hold the second New York exhibition in September, then Sake Discoveries will serve beautiful sake for guests at the reception party on Friday September 25th! Great Japanese arts with great sake… why don’t you come??

About NURIE:

Coloring pictures are thought to have originated in the Meiji Era when the government decided to incorporate Western culture into Japan, and introduced foreign music, sports, and fine and applied arts. The Meiji administration used examples of imported art from Europe to teach art to Japanese children.

The children practiced drawing by copying the pictures from the book, similar to copying of model characters that they did and still do when studying traditional calligraphy. After they traced outlines of art works, they colored them in. This is how coloring started in Japan.

In the latter half of the Meiji Era, contests were held to determine the best hand-colored postcards, and prizes were awarded to the winners. During the Taisho Period, the name of coloring book appeared, and with the wide distribution of crayons, coloring pictures quickly became popular.

A Night to Remember 3 ~Daishichi Night~ on Wed. Sep. 2nd 2009

invitation 90209Dear all my sake friends,

I’m very excited to announce about my next sake party! You cannot miss it!!!!

Sake Discoveries and Daishichi Present
“A Night to Remember 3”
~Daishichi Brewery Sake and Food Paring Party~

Sake Discoveries and Daishichi Brewery invite you to a special sake and food pairing party on Wednesday, September 2nd.
We are offering many kinds of special limited Daishichi sake paired with an assortment of food and desert by Chef Kiyotaka Shinoki of BOHEMIAN.
You will have great sake recommended by Sake Sommelier Chiz at the new “friends only” bar&lounge BOHEMIAN in Noho Manhattan.
It will be an unforgettable night for you….

We serve Myoka Rangyoku, Houreki, Minowamon,Yuki Shibori, Umeshu…and more!!

Daishichi Brewery

Special Guest : Mr. Ad Blankestijn from Daishichi Brewery, who is a certified Master Sake Sommelier, Sake Instructor,
and Director Overseas Marketing and Sales for the Daishichi Sake Brewery

Wednesday September 2nd from 8 pm to 10 pm
doors open at 7:30pm
Noho Manhattan
(only people who respond to the invitation will be informed of the location)
reservation is necessary (30 people maximum)
$100 per person, includes tax and tips
we accept only cash or check (to Sake Discoveries, LLC)
email here: info@sakediscoveries.com

New York Top Chefs Party at Bohemian

020 What a wonderful night it was!

I was very happy to serve my clients’ sake for so many popular NY top chefs as a sake sommelier. The party started at 9 pm, and finished at 2 am! It was the longest sake party ever for me, but I had great time with them.

This great party was sponsored by Gohan Society, supported by House Foods Ameriica, and my company Sake Discoveries. The chefs of hidden “friends only” restaurant Bohemian made many kinds of Tofu dishes. (Of course, this tofu is from House Foods America!)

I served Sparkling Dassai39 nigori as an aperitif first, then moved to Dewatsuru brewery’s Junmai Daiginjo Hihaku, Tokubetsu Junmai Matsukura, Nanbu Bijin Brewery’s Daiginjo and Tokubetsu Junmai, and Tengumai Junmai Ginjo Umagin and Junmai Umajun.

So many famous chefs came to the party, and seemed really enjoyed my all sake!

My conviction that sake makes people happy was confirmed!


(how many chefs do you recognize?)