Sake Store SAKAYA is featured in NY Times The Pour!

Have you ever been SAKAYA in East Village New York? The place is the best sake store in the city, and my favorite “heavenly rest station” 😛

The Sakaya is featured in New York Times The Pour! The owners Rick and Hiroko look great in the article!

Sake would be popular in the world more and more for sure!! Congratulations Sakaya!!!




Monday, August 2nd, 2010

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at SAKAGURA

We will welcome Mr. Kazuhiro Sakurai, executive director of Dassai Brewery (Asahi Shuzo) and two young Kurabito (sake brewer).

The three sakes that have been carefully selected (including ones yet-to-be introduced to the New York market) for that night are:

“Natsu no Kawauso Sake Tasting Set”

$14.00 (3 kinds/50 ml each)

Dassai 39 Sparkling Nigori

Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo Nama (Draft)

Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo

Prompt RSVPs are recommended for an evening not to be missed.

RSVP Hotlines : 212-953-SAKE (7253)

*RSVP will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. We cannot hold orders in advance.

We are waiting for your visit! Kanpai!!!

Let’s make Dassai! It takes just a matter of minutes to brew!

Do you know how sake is brewed? Have you ever visited a sake house?

We will welcome Asahi Brewery, who manufactures only exclusive Junmai Daiginjo class sakes with Yamada Nishiki Rice (it is considered as the best Shuzo-Kotekimai 酒造好適米). Mr. Kazuhiro Sakurai of Asahi Brewery will teach us how to brew Dassai sake utilizing the necessary tools.

Asahi Brewery is located in Yamaguchi prefecture where oysters and fugu (blowfish) are very popular. The Dassai perfectly matches with the local cuisine as well as western dishes. In this class, you will have some truly delicious pairing experiences.

At the event, Asahi Brewery will bring some special sake that you have never seen in the U.S.!

Please bring your friends and have a great time with us!

Date: Tuesday August 3rd, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Place: The Japanese Culinary Center

711 3rd Avenue, NY, NY 10017 (on 53rd Street bet. 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Price: $25

Seats: 30 available

Pairing Menu:

Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo

pairing with Seafood Arancini

Dassai 39 Sparkling Nigori Junmai Daiginjo

pairing with Scrambled Eggs with Caviar

Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

pairing with Swedish Meatballs

Dassai Special Nama Sake

RSVP from here! The Japanese Culinary Center

Interview: Japanese Restaurant News August

I was interviewed by restaurant business paper Japanese Restaurant News in CA. I talked almost all about my secret for my work….

Drink Your Way to Beauty with Nanbu Bijin

Chamagraphy: Sakagrua x Hakkaisan Night on July 7th 2010

Sake Discoveries produced special Hakkaisan Star Festival “Tanabata Matsuri” for Sakagura Restaurant New York. Please take a look my food photographer Kumi Hayase’s blog Chamagraphy. To see more photos of this event, visit—-HERE!

Japanese Illustration Sakura 桜 Exhibition 2010

Japanese illustration SAKURA Exhibition opening reception on Friday, July 23rd 6-8pm at Excy Gallery.

Why is Sakura (cherry blossom) exhibition held in summer??

Enjoy beautiful Japanese “Girly-Girly” illustration arts like cute sakura with free sake and shochu!
Sake Discoveries serves Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai sake and barley shochu Kan no ko from Satsuma Shuzo.

Please stop by Excy Gallery for Summer “Ohanami(watching cherry blossoms)” party!


Chamagraphy: Momokawa x Hakkaisan Night on July 6th 2010

Sake Discoveries produced special Hakkaisan dinner and small tasting set for Momokawa Restaurant New York. Please take a look my food photographer Kumi Hayase’s blog Chamagraphy. To see more photos of this event, visit—-HERE!

My Romance is….

Look at this miracle shot!

I was interviewed by my friend Atsushi NishiJIMA, who is my most reliable photographer in the world for his new project “KEEP ROMANCE ALIVE”. He is asking interesting people what their romances are.

Do you want to know what my romance is?

Go to his website  KEEP ROMANCE ALIVE!

Chamagraphy: Tasting Kaiseki Cuisine with Echizen Lacquer Ware

A Japanese dining event “Tasting Kaiseki Cuisine with Echizen Lacquer Ware” was held at Japanese Culinary Center in Midtown on June 28th.

Take a look Chamagraphy!

To see more photos of this event. visit…

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