Nanbu Bijin Brewery in Mar.2009

13 Kamimachi Fukuoka Nihohe-Shi Iwate Prefectre 028-6101
TEL +81 195-23-3133 FAX +81 195-23-4713

This is my second visit of Nanbu Bijin. I stayed there 4 days with the brewers. I worked with them, drunk with them, did Karaoke with them…It was really memorable days.

Daishichi Brewery in Mar.2009

1-66 Takeda Nihonmatsu-shi Fukushima Prefecture 964-0902
TEL +81 243-23-0007 FAX +81 243-23-0008
Nihonmatsu-shi, Fukushima Prefecture.

This is my second visit of Daishichi. Somehow, their sake makes me very emotional, even regular Honjozo. My first surprising Junmai Daiginjo was Daishichi Minowamon. I still remember when I had Minowamon first time at Sakagura restaurant. The silky and sublime beauty of Junmai Daiginjo awoke me as a Sake Sommelier. After the moment, I have had Daishichi’s Junmai Daiginjo at many of my important turning points. Their sake makes straighten my back when I have Daishichi.

Shata Brewery of Tengumai in Mar.2009

60-1 Bomaru-machi Hakusan-shi Ishikawa Prefecture 924-0823
TEL +81 76-275-1165 E-mail:

Do you like Yamahai sake? Me? Of course, Yes, I LOVE IT. Tengumai sake is one of my most favorite Yamahai Sake brands. Their sake is NOT fancy fragrant type at all, but always great for foods, and enjoyable all temperature. That’s great character of Tengumai. I really like their “Nuru-Kan” which means slightly warm or warm. The warm rice flavor pervades my capillary vessels, and makes me feel like “I am real Japanese….”

And, they made me a HUGE fan of Ishikawa prefecture!! This trip was my first visit for Ishikawa. I really regretted why I had never been there till this time!! City is soooo beautiful with many green and histories, and of course Sake and foods are wonderful!! I have to go back there soon!!

Asahi Brewery of Dassai in Jan.2009


2167-4 Osogoe,Shuto-cho,Kuga-gun,Yamaguchi JAPAN 742-0422
TEL(0827)86-0120 FAX(0827)86-0071

Finally I visited Dassai! Dassai is located Osogoe, Shuto town in Yamaguchi prefecture. It was very quiet and has beautiful mountains and rivers like an imaginary town in tales of old Japan. AND, I was very excited about the brewers of Dassai because…they are all young and good looking guys! Dassai sake is always very smooth and juicy like fresh fruits…. The brewers made me understand the power of Dassai….

Kariho Brewery(Akita Seishu) in Jan.2009

Akita Seishu Brewery  83-1 Tochiya aza Amagasawa, Daisen-city Akita 014-0801, JAPAN
TEL 81-187-63-1224  FAX 81-187-66-2277

Another Akita Seishu’s brewery, Kariho Brewery in Akita. I visited there with my husband and friends from New York. This experience made them huge Sake fans!

Asamai Brewery (Ama no to) Jan.2009

Asamai Shuzo Co.,Ltd.
388 Asamai,Hiraka-machi Yokote City,Akita Prefecture 013-0105.Japan

I love Ama no to (Heaven’s Door). I’m proud of my hometown Akita has many great sake breweries! Ama no to is one of them. They are very small brewery, but brewing amazing sake. I read the book about the brewery written by Toji of Asamai Brewery many times. It makes me laugh and very emotional. Brewing sake has so many dramas!!

If you haven’t tried their sake yet, you should try. Never get disappointed.

Hinomaru Brewery in Jan.2009

Hinomaru Brewery

114-2 Nanoka-cho, Masuda-machi, Yokote, Akita

Tel: 0182-42-1335

This is one of great breweries of my hometown Akita prefecture. The brewery is very old, but still so beautiful as a historic building. In fact, they are authorized as an important cultural property.  I visited them with my husband Jim and friend Sante from New York. It was great great memory!

Nanbu Bijin Brewery in Jan.2009

13 Kamimachi Fukuoka Nihohe-Shi Iwate Prefectre 028-6101
TEL +81 195-23-3133 FAX +81 195-23-4713

It was my first visit of Nanbu Bijin Brewery. I think Nanbu Bijin is one of the most popular Sake brand in the world. That’s why I was expected their brewery is big, but it was NOT. The brewers are so close like a real family, and the lady workers were so happy even they are working so hard all day long. Mr. Kuji who is a senior managing director said they want to brew good sake like the sun. (his son was named Taiyo which means the sun in Japanese by Mr. Kuji)

Yes, I can see the sun in their sake. Don’t you think?

Dewatsuru Brewery(Akita Seishu) in Sep.2005

Akita Seishu Brewery 83-1 Tochiya aza Amagasawa, Daisen-city Akita 014-0801, Japan

Tel 81-187-63-1224 Fax 81-187-66-2277

URL E-mail:

Akita. Akita. Akita. YES, as many of my sake friends know that is MY SWEET SWEET HOMETOWN!

I’m so happy to introduce great brewery from my hometown Akita. AKITA SEISHU BREWERY, they actually have 2 breweries, Kariho brewery and Dewatsuru brewery. I visited Dewatsuru brewery few years ago with my mother in summer vacation, and had so many new sake at their beautiful tasting room. I want to share my great memories with you!