Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Sake is one of the most popular drinks in Japan. The rice wine plays an important part in the country’s culture and history. It is considered the “drink of the Gods.”
Sake is now gaining in popularity outside of Japan. Interested tourists flock to the country to view and learn the steps in the production process.
Sake breweries are now offering tours in English. If there is no English speaking tour guide, English-language brochures are supplied. Later this year, some will start giving lectures in English on the production process.
Brewery tourists witness the sake production. The “kura,” a traditional storehouse, is open for viewing. This is the oak casks’ storage area. After the tour, sake is available for tasting. The cups of sake range from JPY200-JPY500. The cups are kept as souvenirs.
Sake comes in various flavors. It depends on the local rice, water, culture and cuisine.
There are many breweries in the Tokyo area. A visit makes a great day trip out of the city. Go learn and sample fragrant, mature, light and smooth, and rich sakes with the brewers.
A link to the article 'Japan's Omisoka-New Year's Eve' is added. In the article, sake's part in the holiday celebration is told. Feel free to read the article.
Overindulged in a bit of sake, a bowl of cold or hot soba noodles is a quick filling meal. Read the article on cold soba noodles. An article on hot soba noodles is forthcoming.
Sign up for the free Southeast Asia Travel newsletter. Don't miss future articles on Japan and the other wonderful Southeast Asia countries.
Travel and holiday photographs cluttering the place? Leather or fabric albums are good choice to organize them. Select archival albums with acid-free paper and archival glue and photo corners. Check for PVC-free plastic, if pages are magnetic. There are digital picture holders. De-clutter in 2005!
Photo Albums at Amazon.com
Netflix DVD Rentals. NO LATE FEES; 30,000+ titles. Try for FREE!
Read the Southeast Asia Travel film reviews.
Drop in and share your thoughts on the forum. What article topics interest you?