Hakkaisan Earthquake Relief Fundraiser at Matsuri

Join Hakkaisan for an evening of delicious food, sake and fund raising at Masturi! We’ll be selling some fantastic Hakkaisan Sake Brewery Merchandise that you can’t get in the USA! Drink some great sake, buy cool stuff and support Japan all in one night!
All Donations will be given directly to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund.

Matsuri is located at:
369 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Minimum Donation (Cash Only):
Hakkaisan Special Seasonal Nama Genshu Echigo De Soro: $10 per glass
Hakkaisan Special Daiginjo $20 per glass
Hakkaisan Logo T-shirt $25
Hakkaisan Logo “Maekake” Indigo Apron $25
Hakkaisan Logo Custom Made Indigo Tote Bag $40 (Only 1 Available)

Sake Lovers Photos: Sakagura The Annual “Ohanami” Sake Tasting Party 2011

Sakagura is very excited to announce the arrival of anticipated Sake Tasting Event in 2011. The tasting event will feature 46 selections include newly arrived sakes carefully chosen from sake masters and distributors who have been taking an active part in the “Nihon-shu” industry in the U.S. Market.
It would take a life time consume all the different varieties of sake available, but we believe these selections will open up new regions of the palette for tasters Sakagura will be decorated with lots of fresh real cherry blossoms in the whole restaurant. We will serve Sakagura Executive Chef Mr. Yasuhiro Honma’s special seasonal finger foods on this event.
Welcome you to join us and let us “Kanpai” under the amazing sakura trees!
*Please note that this event is all-standing buffet style. (No tables and chairs)

Admission Fee: $80,00 per person (all inclusive)
Guest: 100 Guest Limited

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011.  1st Round: 6:15pm – 8:30pm   2nd Round: 9pm – 11:15pm

NYC: March 2011 Hakkaisan Restaurant Week

Join us to celebrate Hakkaisan Sake this March in NYC. You can get some amazing specials that feature Hakkaisan Sake paired with some delicious food! The Participating restaurants this month are Tori ShinHidechan Ramen and Matsuri .

369 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Hakkaisan Set: $87.00
Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo paired with Yellowtail Hiramasa Sashimi & Yuzu Green Pepper Sauce.

Hidechan Ramen
248 East 52nd St (Between 2nd & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10022

Hakkaisan Tasting Set: $8.00
Includes 1 glass of Hakkaisan Honjozo, paired with a pork bun. (Mon. Mar. 21st- Sat. 26th. dinner time only.)

Tori Shin
1193 1st Ave
New York, NY 10065
(212) 998-8408

Hakkaisan Tasting Set $8.88
Includes a mini glass of special limited Nama Genshu Echigo de Sourou Blue Labe from Niigata, Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai and Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo.

Hakkaisan Sake for Earthquake Relief

All funds go to directly to help Japanese in need through THE JAPAN SOCIETY DISASTER RELIEF FUND.

Enjoy Hakkaisan Sake at Momokawa Restaurant on March 21st from 6-9pm. Kumiko Kurosawa, visiting from Hakkaisan Brewery will be pouring delicious and exclusive Hakkasian Sake. With your donation to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund, you can enjoy a glass of these sakes and support Japan.

Cash only for this special Hakkaisan tasting!

157 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 684-7830

Support Japan! Support Sake Breweries!

Dassai sake brewery has decided to contribute 1% proceeds of 2011 for earthquake relief! It’s going to be about 17,000,000 yen ($210,000)! What an amazing support!

Announcement concerning the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami from Daishichi Brewery

In the first place we would like to thank everyone for the many inquiries and messages of sympathy we have received following the huge earthquake of March 11. Happily, all Daishichi employees are safe, and damage to the brewery is also relatively minor. Here we would like to update you on the situation as it is of today, March 22.

  • Personal accidents:
  • Building:
    As the brewery is very strongly-built, there is no structural damage. Only the joints between the various buildings and some doors received minor damage.
  • Equipment:
    The bottling plant received no damage.
    As regards the brewing equipment, some tanks were moved from their place by the strong shaking and some of the pipes were damaged, but this has all immediately been repaired.
  • Stored sake and finished products:
    The large amount of sake we have stored for maturation was undamaged. As our sake in many cases is matured for ten years or even longer, and as during that period a natural disaster like an earthquake can easily occur, we take special care of safe and earthquake-proof storage.
    When the earthquake struck on the 11th, some products that were just at that moment being bottled or were being removed from the warehouse for shipping, crashed to the ground. That was the only damage to our products.

[About the problems with the nuclear facility]

Daishichi is located inland, far away from the affected area. On top of that, the walls of the brewery consist of 25 cm thick concrete – when you include the hollow concrete blocks and red brick tiles etc., it even comes to a total protection of more than 32 cm thickness (to which still could be added the insulating materials and inner walls).  Since March 11 we keep the inside of the building airtight shut. We are convinced that our products are being kept in a very safe environment.

[About our present business]

While being careful because of the continuing aftershocks, at Daishichi we are brewing sake as normal and we also have the capacity to ship our products as normal.

However, due to the shortage of gasoline, deliveries we can make ourselves are very limited and also transport companies and parcel-delivery companies are not operating. Happily, there are signs that this is improving now and we trust we can resume deliveries as soon as transport companies resume their work.


We mourn those who have lost their lives in this earthquake, and express our deepest sympathies to all those who have been hit by this disaster.

Daishichi will do its best for the reconstruction of our region.

Toronto: Vintages Sake Event Featuring Hakkaisan

Hakkaisan Sake Brewery is participating in an exciting sake event in Toronto, Canada! Taste a broad range of sake styles and enjoy them with authentic Japanese cuisine from four participating restaurants. Also, Learn about Sake and how it is made during the structured tasting. Venture into the exciting world of premium Sake with two of the world’s leading experts: John Gauntner and Haruo Matsuzaki, who will also be attending. Representing Hakkaisan will be Brewery Representative Kumiko Kurosawa, along with Sake Sommelier Chizuko Niiwaka and Sake Educator Timothy Sullivan.

Monday, May 16, 2011
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto Canada
Structured Tasting: 6:30pm, Walk-around Tasting: 7:45pm-9:30pm
$125 per person

To order tickets, kindly contact VINTAGES at 416-365-5767 or 1-800-266-4764 (Monday–Saturday 9am to 6pm, excluding holidays).

NYC: Hakkaisan Okkasama Night

We are very excited to announce that Hakkaisan’s Okkasama, Mrs. Ai Nagumo, the much respected Chairwoman of Hakkaisan Brewery from Niigata Prefecture will be appearing in New York City!

On Friday May 20th, Sakagura Restaurant will serve a special Hakkaisan sake kasu appetizer with a glass of Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai for $20. You will also be able to meet Hakkaisan’s Okkasama, Mrs. Ai Nagumo, in person from 7-9pm. The sake kasu appetizer is her secret recipe and will be served all night until sold out. Please call Sakagura for your reservation now.