Nagoya Sake Brewery Festival 2017 and Sake Tasting

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Were you to take the evidence offered up by Japanese TV, you might be fooled into believing that the Japanese drink of choice was either humdrum lager or cans of whiskey highball. But you would be wrong. There is no doubt that the national drink of Japan is sake, or to give it its proper title, ‘nihonshu’ (with ‘sake’ being a term to cover all alcoholic drinks). It is believed that nihonsnhu in its current form – made up of rice, water and ‘kōji’ mold – dates from around the Nara period (710 to 794), and then later used for religious ceremonies, court festivals and drinking games. Today it is enjoyed all over the country with many breweries, or ‘kura’, around the country involved in its production (in 2007 there were approximately 1700 kura making around 10,000 different types of sake).

Nagoya Sake Brewery Festival 2017 On Saturday the 27th of May, some 50 of these breweries are coming together to form the Nagoya Sake Brewery Festival. All the kura are from the Tokai region, with representatives coming from Aichi, Mie and Gifu, and will be displaying some 150 different kinds of sake. Entrance to the festival costs 3,500 JPY which gives you around one hour to sample the delicious, fragrant nihonshu of the Tokai area. Included in your admission fee you will receive 20 vouchers to exchange for samples of sake (because it is unreasonable that you could manage all 150 in that time!) as well as a few sake related gifts including three ‘chokko’ nihonshu drinking vessels. If…
Nagoya Sake Brewery Festival 2017 and Sake Tasting
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