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Soba Ichi's Washi, the Chuhai King

We love chuhais, the ubiquitous, thirst quenching drink served at any watering hole or found in a can at any conbini (convenience store) in Japan. The word chuhai is a combination of shochu-highball – get it? They have yet to get their day in the limelight here in...

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Get Your Genshu! (March 2019)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! I’ve always been intrigued by genshus. They are fresh, brash, and bold. They are as close as you can get to what comes right out of the press...

Genshu Cocktails: Rob Roy + Bamboo

When Yoko told me that this month's Sake Gumi theme was genshu sakes, I was so excited. This was a prime opportunity to develop some new cocktails! Since genshu sakes are tank strength, they have not been diluted (most sakes are diluted with water to bring down the ABV) –...

Event Recap

6th Annual Japan Beer Fest

It's hard to believe we've been putting on Japan Beer Fest (JBF) with The Trappist for six years now – and even harder to imagine that this year was the...

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Spotlight on Shiga (February 2019)

Overlooking Lake Biwa from Mt. Shizugatake Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 150 members throughout California. Join today! Kayoko and I tend to travel to places in Japan that produce foods and drinks we really like. One of those is sake from Kita Brewery. What...

The Shigaraki Collection

Shigaraki is home to one of "six old kilns" of Japan, considered sacred and historical. Here you'll find ceramics made with prized red Shigaraki clay, known for its rich adobe hue and incredible heat insulation. We carry many products made with this special clay, including our...

Umami Map

Explore Japan Map

From Hokkaido all the way down to Okinawa, we are highlighting the riches of each prefecture with our new Explore Japan map. Simply click on the map to view related products and blog posts relevant to each prefecture. We have loads of articles...

What is Tanuki?

When I started to do some research on Shiga Prefecture, I quickly found out that the birthplace of tanuki statues is Shigaraki (a town on the southern tip of Shiga). I was intrigued because Shigaraki was also where our donabes come from – it turns out that it is the...

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Spotlight on Shiga Regional Foods

I have lived in Tokyo in the past for about 10 years of my life, but I admit my knowledge of Japanese geography is really limited. Limited not only to Tokyo proper, but more specifically to Western Tokyo, where pretty much everyone...

Giving Back

10% of Sales For Be-A-Mentor

For Valentine's Day this year, Yoko and I wanted to give a token of our appreciation towards a local organization that we believe is doing great work in the Bay Area. We decided on the Be A Mentor program, a non-for-profit, 501(c)3 that matches adult mentors with at-risk...

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New Sakes!

TATENOKAWA PHOENIX SAKEEnjoy this bold, bright, medium-bodied daiginjo while spinning an LP by Phoenix, the Grammy award-winning French pop duo. That's because Phoenix (who are sake lovers) collaborated with Tatenokawa Brewery's Masashi Togami to make this lush daiginjo with hints of...

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Make It An Onsen Hygge Spa Day

We're all about hygge (pronounced hooga) here this season, a Danish term describing coziness and contentment. There's nothing that reflects hygge to us like a deep soak in an outdoor onsen in the mountains of Japan. We've brought in several products to celebrate the onsen lifestyle so...