Congratulations! Nanbu Bijin got a gold prize again!

Nanbu Bijin Brewery of Iwate prefecture got a gold prize at National New Sake Award (sorry only Japanese) awarded by National Research Institute of Brewing. They’ve got a gold prize this last 5 years continuously! Amazing!

This great news made me cry. The person in the photo is Mr. Matsumori, the head sake brewer Toji of Nanbu Bijin brewery. He would have been under huge pressure after he took over Toji work from legendary former Toji Mr. Yamaguchi who passed away 2008.

I believe they will get another gold prize next year as well!! Congratulations Nanbu Bijin!!!

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Sake Tasting Event for Professionals in Chicago

Consulate General of Japan at Chicago,
Japan External Trade Organization Chicago,
and Sake Export Association
cordially invite you to a

Sake Tasting Event for Professionals

Sample sake from 10 plus Japanese microbreweries:

Takasago, Nanbu Bijin, Akita, Okunomatsu, Sudo Honke, Tentaka,

Kaetsu, Marumoto, Asahi, Rihaku, Fujisaki Sobei and more…

Thursday, May 20, 2010
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Japan Information Center
737 N. Michigan Ave. 10th Fl. #1000
Chicago, IL 60611
(Enter on Chicago Ave.)
No charge. Must be 21 or over to attend.

Please join us for a special opportunity to sample many
excellent sakes from more than 10 of Japan’s top
microbreweries. Each type of sake comes from a different
region of Japan and will offer a unique flavor for you to
A short sake presentation will be made by an American sake
professional with expertise in sake marketing in the Midwest.
The event promises to be a most enjoyable sake tasting
experience. We welcome you!

RSVP with name, company and phone number via e-mail to
by Tuesday, May 18. Since space is limited, please register early.

JETRO Chicago
1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60601 Tel: 312-832-6000 Fax: 312-832-6066

JETRO, the Japan External Trade Organization, is a non-profit organization funded by the Japanese government to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the
world. JETRO has 36 offices in Japan, 70 offices overseas in 54 countries, with 6 locations in the US: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Please visit
our website at
This material is distributed by JETRO Chicago on behalf of Japan External Trade Organization, Tokyo, Japan. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Chamagraphy: 10th Akita Sake Club Event

Beautiful article and pictures about Akita Sake Club Event on Chamagraphy!

Japanese Night Out: Robata-yaki and Tengumai Sake

The newly opened Robataya NY is designed with rustic decor and allows customers to cook and eat freshly harvested ingredients around farmhouse-style open hearths. Robataya NY also serves delicious grilled yakitori and vegetables. Sake sommelier Chizuko Niikawa, serves one of Japan’s best dry sake from Tengumai of Shata Brewery, founded in 1823 in Ishikawa prefecture. According to legend, Shata Brewery was once surrounded by dense forest where the mythical Tengu lived. Like sake-loving humans, the Tengu would dance after drinking the sake, so it was dubbed “Tengumai.”

Sake Samurai Timothy Sullivan will guide all about Tengumai and Yamahai sake for you!

Please join this event for delicious food, great sake, and excellent company.

We will be tasting three different types of sake: Tengumai of Junmai Bunsei 6years,
Junmai Uma Jun, and Yamahai Junmai.

When: Tuesday, May 18 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Where: Robataya New York (231 East 9th Street, New York)
Cost: $35 (Limited to 30 people)
Application deadline: May 16, 2010

To reserve your spot, please click on the PayPal button below. (go to this link!)
If you have any questions contact

EN Japanese Brasserie Sake Tasting on May 15th

EN Japanese Brasserie & Nishimoto Trading present

“The Best 100 Sake” party

Japanese restaurants “EN Japanese Brasserie” in West Village is having a sake tasting party on Saturday, May 15th. You get to try 100 best sake with amazing food from EN. The admission fee is $40 that includes food and drinks.

Date: Saturday, May 15th 2010  4pm-6pm

Price: $40 (including drink and food)

Place: 435 Hudson Street (at Leroy) New York NY  10014

Reservation: 212.647.9196