Sakebrewing Blog Posts

Hakutsuru Sake Company: The Triumph of the Phoenix of Nada

The Beginning 274 years ago, a humble lumber merchant in the Nada district of Hyogo, not far from the port city of Kobe, made an important career decision. He decided to brew sake. His name was Jihei Kano. Two and a half centuries later on a beautiful sunny Spring morning FGL met with his direct descendant, Mr. Kenji Kano, current CEO of Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Company, Ltd at the company's headqua...

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The Sake Masters: Time to give the Toji the Respect they D...

Recently, I read an article that came to me mysteriously by email about how winemakers in general deserve more attention and credit. The article suggested that too often folks fall in love with terroir, i.e. all that connects a wine to a certain place, and as such that the role of the person who actually called all the technical shots along the way gets downplayed, and that that shouldn’t be. The ...

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Visiting Japan? Get to Nada and Fushimi

When work, vacation or other travel brings you to Japan, if you are reading this newsletter, chances are you will be interested in checking out something sake related. If you are here during the brewing season in the winter, many if not most sakagura breweries are open to tours, although in almost all cases you would need to call ahead and make reservations and arrangements. So if you or someone y...

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How Big is Big? How Small is Small?

In any industry there are big players and little players. There are always huge companies that produce widgets - or sake - in volume, with stable quality and cost-efficiency. And there are also companies that produce much less and do everything on a smaller scale. This juxtaposition exists in the worlds of widgets, beer, wine and of course, sake.

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