Nanbu Bijin in Japanese Subculture

Plate by Plate Annual Tasting Benefit

Event: Plate by Plate Annual Tasting Benefit

Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
VIP Reception: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Main Event: 7:30 – 10:30pm
Location: Skylight West, 500 West 36th St, New York, NY 10018 (map)

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SIP+BITE+SLURP An Artisan Sake Journey Across Japan



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If you’ve lived long enough, you’ll remember that thirty years ago, eating raw fish in a Japanese restaurant sounded bizarre and even a bit disgusting to most Americans. Nowadays, famous actors consume so much sushi that they give themselves mercury poisoning.

In the early part of this millennium, thanks in large part to a certain renegade East Village-based Korean American genius, ramen has supplanted sushi as the Japanese food of the moment. But it doesn’t stop there. New York’s Japanese food scene has become so sophisticated that it’s possible to consume various regional specialties just in the area south of 14th Street. As American diners’ knowledge of Japanese cuisine increases, we have also begun to understand the brewing methods and the flavors of fine artisanal sake (more often called nihonshu or literally “Japanese wine” by the Japanese themselves.)

LUCKYRICE, in conjunction with the Japanese Culinary Center, presents SIP + BITE + SLURP, an exploration of sake as interpreted by artisanal brewers from various regions of Japan. The brewers themselves will be in town and will be getting together for one night only to pour their sake and talk about the various areas of Japan from which they hail.

We’ve also lined up eight restaurants representing four major regions of Japan. As you walk the floor, you will be able to taste both the sakes and dishes from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south and the major urban centers of Kanto (Tokyo area) and Kinki (Osaka area) in between.

Brooklyn’s Hibino will present that most elegant of Japanese foods kaiseki-ryori which originated in Kyoto, the ancient seat of imperial power. Hakata Tonton, which has transported the pork specialties from the southern Japanese island of Kyushu to the West Village will be providing bites. Kasadela – based in Alphabet City – will show you what a sticky, sweet and spicy Nagoya-style tebasaki (chicken wing) tastes like. Otafuku located on 9th Street, will be cooking their take on okonomiyaki which translates to “as you like it” meaning that you can have that Japanese pancake your way. Michelin star decorated Kyo Ya, usually tucked away in the East Village, will come out to play and represent Hokkaido as will 47th Street’s sleek sushi bar Tsushima.

We’ll also have the Kambi Ramen House located in the East Village- that’s where the SLURP comes in. In Japan, noisily slurping your ramen not only cools the noodles as they enter your mouth but also shows how much you’re enjoying them.

Join us and get ready to say as the Japanese do before one eats a meal itadakimasu which means “I shall now humbly receive.”

Please see below for the artisanal sake, shochu, craft beer brands and restaurants that will be present and which regions of Japan they will be representing.

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Nanbu Bijin was featured in Japanese TV show Mirai Vision




Results of the 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal

I was one of judges last year of U.S. National Sake Appraisal. It was an amazing experience! I miss Hawaii so much!
We had been very concerned about the influence of sake industry by the earthquake in Tohoku Japan. Many people might have not expected this year’s appraisal happened. However, many of sake makers entered much more than we were expected!
I’d love to share this news with you!
Results of the 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal have been posted in English and Japanese.
You can try all sake at The Joy of Sake New York on Friday, October 21st! I’m looking forward to seeing you!

Suport Sake Industry! Joy of Sake New York 2011!

The Joy of Sake is the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, and has been held annually since 2001. It features premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a rigorous blind tasting held every year with ten judges from Japan and the U.S.

This once-a-year event features the world’s finest sakes in peak condition and the best in traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. Over 300 sakes will be available for tasting, along with appetizers presented by 12 of New York’s finest restaurants.

Date: Friday, October 21, 2011

Time: 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Place: The Altman Building  131 West 18th Street

Price: $90 per person

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Satsuma Shiranami Original Design Fan from Satsuma Shuzo!

Just received this cool Satsuma Shiranami, super popular sweet potato shochu bland original design fan from Satsuma Shuzo today!

I have to plan something fun Shochu events with this cool Satsuma Shiranami fan! I’ll let you know!!

If you don’t know much about Shochu, got to Satsuma Shuzo website!

What’s Shochu??


NYC: September 2011 Hakkaisan Restaurant Week


Join us to celebrate Hakkaisan Sake this September in NYC. You can get some amazing specials that feature Hakkaisan Sake paired with some delicious food or Hakkaisan sold at a special price! The participating restaurants this month include TriBeCafe. Check out the Specials Below and we hope to see you at Hakkaisan Restaurant week! For updates be sure to Like us on Facebook!

277 Church Street
New York NY 10013
Tel. 212.343.0277

Glass of Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai $6 (regular price $9)

Meet the KURAMOTO in New York!

Don’t miss great chances to meet KURAMOTO, Sake/Shochu makers, Sake brewery/Shochu distillery owners if you are real sake or shochu fan! Many of Kuramoto are coming to NY for you with their wonderful products in September and October!

I’ll post all my events information on my Facebook fan page and Twitter. Please follow me!

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Daishichi “Big Seven” Night at Kasadela and TriBeCafe

Daishichi “BIG SEVEN” Night


On Friday September 16th and Saturday Spetember 17th we will offer a very special tasting set “Daishichi Brewery Set” for $16 at TriBeCafe in TriBeCa New York, and Kasadela in East Village New York.

Highlighting Daishichi Minowamon Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo, Kimoto Honjozo, and Kimoto Umeshu.

For this Friday night only you can meet Mr. Ad Blankestijn, master sake sommelier of Daishichi Brewery will be in attendance at TriBeCafe, and Saturday night at Kasadela! (7pm – 9pm)

TriBeCafe 277 Church Street New York, NY 10013

RSVP: 212 343 0277

Kasadela 647 East 11th Street New York, NY 10009

RSVP: 212 777 1582

Daishichi Sake Brewery was established in 1752, and is based in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima, Japan. Daishichi makes rich, mellow sakes whose outstanding reputation comes from an insistence on a strictly orthodox brewing tradition: KIMOTO style sake.

Fukushima products have been in the news lately, but we’re happy to report Daishichi sake has had no damage. Nihonmatsu City is over 40 miles away from the nuclear plant, and their brewery is solidly constructed, including 12.5 inch thick concrete walls, keeping their sake in a very safe environment.


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