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Monday, September 04, 2006

Sake Town, Akita

In recent years, Sake is loved by people all over the world now that it is known as Japanese represent drink. The special features of Sake are its mellow aroma as Sake is translated into Japanese wine in English. Once you open a Sake bottle, the fragrance spread and come into your nose. Moreover, you can enjoy drinking sake warm or cool. In summer, cool Sake is good much, and warm Sake would warm your body in winter.

Main ingredients of Sake are rice and water. There are plenty places where brew Sake in Japan, but the places called Sake centers are a few like Niigata, Yamagata, Aomori prefecture which has good rice and clean water for Sake. My hometown, Akita is also famous for good Sake place as you can know from my pictures.

On August 17th, an article was introduced on a local paper. That was about Akita’s Sake will be entertained at a reception of the United Nations Headquarters, New York in September. According to the persons concerned, Sake’s participation at an event related to UN is first challenge, and it is very exceptional case. Sake producers and companies are enthusiastic about this chance to promote Akita’s Sake to the world. Enering Sake are "Junmai-Ginjo Chokaisan" from Tenju brewery, "Yamahai-Junmai-Ginjo" from Naba store, and "Junmai-Ginjo Benimansaku" from Hinomaru brewery. You can buy their Sake on the internet (possibly within Japan).



By the way, some foreign people call Sake as “Saki”, but it should be pronounced “Sake” in fact. (This was a troublesome word when I was in Canada. Everybody talked about Sake but I didn’t understand what they were talking about because they pronounced “Saki”)



53 comments:

Ragge said...

Mmm! I like sake. Unfortunately it is difficult to get in Norway, and it is very expencive..

kayanon said...

hi ragge,

I know Sake in foreign countries must be expensive.

Do you like warm or cold Sake?

Rob said...

We get Sake in America, but it isn't the really really good Sake I do not think, I would like to taste it from places known for their Sake. Warm Sake is the best in my opinion! ^___^

Yeah...^^; sometimes I get aggrivated when people say "Saki" But I try to calmly explain without showing that aggrivation ^^

kayanon said...

Hi rob,

Nice volunteer work you do! Why people call Saki not Sake??

Kuntry Konfession said...

wooohoooo! sake post!!! and guess what? i've drank that brand!!!!
mmmm....yes i love sake....
they have some, with fruits in them like plums, no? or is that different. i'm more of the non fruity drinker. and i likes it cold or hot too!

soursop said...

i have no comment... would like to try it first! :D

Kuntry Konfession said...

soursop....reading from last comment post...i like to say, it's the same as Indo "tape" from rice or "singkong"(?)-yucca root in translation.

kayanon said...

hi kuntry konfession,
You have drank which brand? picture one? Tell me which one!

Ragge said...

Hey! I've only tried Cold, but I think that was cause we didn't know any better :-P I will ask for hot sake next time :-)

kayanon said...

hi soursop,

Is Sake sold in your country?

kayanon said...

ragge>

Hot Sake is also nice. However, you have to be careful when you warm Sake. You cannot boil it. I mean when Sake becomes warm, you will hear sounds like ppppp (I don't know how to describe the sounds.) and that is the best temperature for warm Sake.

Minty said...

I've only had sake once.
It was in a photography lesson and I wasn't meant to be drinking, but my friend had bought a bottle. >>; I didn't like it very much. I think it was very cheap sake. I would like to try good sake.

Rob said...

People pronounce it "saki" I think because some english words have a long "e" pronunciation..and they get confused by Japanese pronunciation. It's an honest mistake really..but when you tell someone more than once and they still don't get it, then it gets on my nerves ^^;

Ragge said...

Hehe, I think "ppppp" is a very good description :-) You mean just before it starts to boil and very small bubbles are starting to appear in the bottom of the pan? Then I think we can hear the "ppppp" sound.

Thanks for the procedure!

soursop said...

hm... sake is sold here, but i haven't had the chance to take my friends' invitation to sake bar...
(and i didn't dare to buy 1 bottle myself just to sample it, lol ^^,,)

if it's a rice wine, is it the same with chinese rice wine? i think the taste was very strong.

kuntry konfession, do you mean the sake's taste is similar to "tape" and "singkong"? interesting!:O btw, you know a lot about indonesia! been there often? ^^

Pierre-Yann said...

The sake I drink here, in France, was very strong, and without really a taste.
What is the average alcohol degree of sake?

In any case, I will still prefer the french wine.

Kuntry Konfession said...

hi y'alls! yes, kanyanon! i've had plenty samples of different sake though i know i'm far from an experienced sake drinker. i have drunk that sake you posted...and i like organic sake too! though expensive out here, i'm a great believer in supporting good things. as for heating sake...me personally, like to put the bottle in a hot bin of warm water and not actually boil it.....heheh!
and to soursop, yeah, aku orang irian. well sorta anyway. was borne there.
good post kanyanon!

Rob said...

*looks up and points to the comment above* You heat it up the old fashioned way! ^^

kayanon said...

thank you for your comment, minty!

Yeah, visit Japan and taste real Sake here, and you will see!

kayanon said...

rob>

Hahaha. I was also confused with "Karaoke" foreign people sound. They pronunce like "Karaoki" right? In Japanese, it should be "Karaoke" same as "Sake". However, I cannot blame them because Japanese people creat or pronunce so many English words very differently...

kayanon said...

ragge>

Thank you for nice explanation! I wanted to say like that ^^;

If you boil it, alcohol would go stale and tasteless.

kayanon said...

soursop>

Exactly, even if I want to drink Sake, I don't feel like buying 1 bottle. However, 1 cup Sake are sold in Japan.

I have never tried chinese rice wine. need comment of kuntry!

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

The average slcohol degree of Sake is 15-16%. Unprocessed Sake has 20%. Sounds quite strong!

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

The Sake on the photo was produced in my hometown!! I have never tried it though. Wow, that's awsome! The Sake is drunk by foreign people! Just amazing!

Rob said...

Yeah I can't blame them either..but, if they never learn I get kind of grumpy ^^; It's only because I really love Japan, I'm kind of protective, hehe.

I've always wanted to try Japanese beer too...but I really do love Sake.

Rob said...

I think the Old fashioned slang for the unprocessed Sake is "Devil Killer." Of course I may watch too many Kurosawa films, ^^;;

kayanon said...

rob>

Devil Killer. Sounds right for the Sake.

Do you like Japanese beer? I cannot drink beer actually, but Japanese beer is strong? I can drink draft beer though.

peshimama said...

Hello. I swell by sake discussion. I like drinking it at temperature as is than the liquor which I warmed.

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Pierre-Yann said...

So it has nothing to do with the "sake" I drink here. Was more like 40-45%.

15-16% is like Martini, not soo strong.

By the way, Kayanon, it seems that you think of english speaking person when you say foreign people. Most people on Earth don't speak english.
For french people, the pronunciation depends of the word. Karaoke is karaoke, but kamikaze is kamikaz (maybe because it's an old word, 60 years ago, every name was more or less frenchized)

kayanon said...

thank you for your comment, peshimama.

I probably prefer cold one.

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

Oh, sorry. I didn't mean like that. I should study English more.

Ragge said...

Hey Kayanon!
Congratulation with a successor to the throne! :-) Saw on TV yesterday that it was big celebrations all over Japan. Were you out celebrating too?

Kuntry Konfession said...

i don't know if this is accurate, i'd imagine this is based on population?! but the most spoken language is chinese (mandarin), then comes english, then hindustani, spanish, russian, arabic (thought this would come third?!), then comes bengali, portuguese, malay-indonesian(?!), then french!
but i do know from travelling, a lot of places do mostly speak their native tongue, english, french, arabic, some chinese (though i heard this is one of the difficult languages to master for foreigners), spanish and some japanese......hmmmh?
as for kamikaze (with the "e" pronounced with long e of the english language)-this is a root word in japanese meaning "divine wind" or kami "god", kaze "wind".
...i had no idea this was frenchized!?!
as for sake alcoholic content, i thinks it depends on brand and maker as there are so many variety and many ways to make it. i noticed some sake tastes like rubbing alcohol, some has a honey or fruit flavor as plum....
clear alcohol, to my believe tend to be quite potent!?
kanyanon, what of the ritual serving sake during Shinto? what does it mean?

Minty said...

Thankyou for replying to my comment. ^^

There is a very very very VERY small chance that I will get to visit Japan in one year's time. =D Demo.. I am still too young to drink in Japan. :/

Pierre-Yann said...

> Kuntry Konfession
Wikipedia says that Hindi is number 2
But the numbers for native speakers are crap (only 67 millions with more than 60 millions of French??)

Official languages are totally different


Kamikaze is frenchized (without ending e, just zz), and used a lot (with all these islamic fanatic who blow themself). Most people don't know the real meaning. Same for banzai, everybody think it's like "Taïaut" (Tally ho), some war cry.

rudey said...

I live in Los Angeles. Sake is pretty easy to find in different varieties at good prices, so I've had a fair amount. I like it a lot, especially cold during Summer. I'm looking forward to going to the wine shop, now that I have more information. Thank you!

I've been slowly learning some Japanese, but find some sounds difficult to pronounce without great effort: the "n" sometimes sounds like an English "m" inside words or at their ends. The "e" sound was easier after I'd listened to a lot of radio and television. Japanese vowels are shorter and that short "e" sound is something we just don't have, especially if one grows up speaking Southern English in the United Stats. We tend to drawl, which makes all the vowels loooooong.

It's been fascinating.

Kuntry Konfession said...

wow! we learn somethin new every day!

kayanon said...

rudey>

thank you for your comment and information, rudey! Wow, your explanation sounds make sense about "Saki" topic. Thank you so much! By the way, I went to see my friend in LA last year. LA is such a lovely place! I want to go there again!

Minty>

thank you for your reply! Can't you drink alcohol in Japan? When people can start drinking in your country?

Kuntry>

Sake served at Shinto is called Miki or Omiki which means God's Sake. Omiki is offered to a god. The meaning of drinking omiki during Shinto is to deepen interchange with God by drinking omiki. People drink Omiki when something good things happen, like festivals and weddings.

pierre-yann>

Thank you for your information! I was surprised by the fact that people know about kamikaze. where did you learn the word from? movie?

ragge>

yeah, all japan is in celebration mood. when the day kiko gave birth, all tv broadcast live from the hospital kiko stayed. i wonder people in other countries which have the imperial household get excited this much.

Ragge said...

Hey Kayanon

People in Norway tend to get very excited too, but guess not as much as in Japan. But I understand it was very special in Japan this time since the empire would be threatened if the child wasn't a boy... Heard this law came first in the 1950, is that correct?

Wish you a nice weekend!

Pierre-Yann said...

I don't know were the word kamikaze come in the french language, but the french comics of the 1950s already used it (comics about WWII in pacific)

rudey said...

I hope you thought my response about "Saki" useful. I just tried my first unfiltered sake (Nigori?)this weekend. The taste was delicious, but I definitely missed the smoother finish of a filtered sake.

I'm glad you enjoyed L.A.! I hope you return someday.

kayanon said...

ragge>

Hi. I am not sure when about the low. (i will check it later!) Have a nice weekend!



pierre-yann>

Oh, I see. Did you learn it at school as well?



rudey>

You liked Nigori-zake! I actually never tried it before, my grandparents brew it often though. Once I smell it, I can easily feel drunk because of strong flavor.

rudey said...

Hi, Koyanon--

When a person feels drunk from just breathing in the slightest fumes, we sometimes call it a "contact high". I'm not sure why, since one actually has less contact with the substance than drinking it!

kayanon said...

Hi rudey,

Wow, thank you for new word! How should I use it? "I have contact high" like this? Thank you for teaching me English!

Kuntry Konfession said...

hahahaha! "contact high"-actually if you are sniffing it, wouldn't it go faster to the brain? and sniffing it is just as well you are ingesting it, no?
isn't when the alcohol goes to your brain, this is why you get drunk....so if you are breathing alcohol, this will get faster in the brain?!?!
i think that's why it's potent to breathe it.
u'll have to use it...like uh.... "wow! just had contact high from that." which actually is a slang for...feeling the vibration-u don't exactly have to breathe it....or u could....
you can also say "i got contact buzz from that."
hehehehehe! (usually used more by smokers.)

ShennongShi said...

I love Sake very very very much! I can have it every day! I prefer warm Sake than cold. But sometimes in the hot summer I would have cold Sake as well. I use a Sake bottle and put it in the hot water and wait until the Sake is warmed up before I drink it. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!! One day when I go to Japan again, I eill visit Akita and drink Sake with Sashimi!!!!!

Thanks very much for the information!! Can you tell me information about the hot spring in Japan when you have more time!!!

Kuntry Konfession said...

are sake served in tea houses too? perhaps one day you can tell us about tea houses and tea ceremony when you have the time....?

kayanon said...

kuntry>

"i got contact buzz from that." Thank you for nice expression! I will use it. About tea ceremony, I will take the topic someday when I experience it. I have never experienced tea ceremony actually, but I think people don't drink Sake at tea ceremony.


ShennongShi>

Oh, you sound big fun of Sake! Yeah, Sake with Sashimi is nice choice. It is very Japanese style. About hot spring, I will take the topic someday. It's a piece of cake!

Kuntry Konfession said...

awesome! thanks...this is all very educational. thanks for taking the time, kanyanon!

ShennongShi said...

Yes, I can have sake every day. Espcially in winter! When I come to Japan, let's go together!

kayanon said...

kuntry>

No problem!

ShennongShi>

Yes! I am sure drinking warm Sake at here is nice because it is very cold here in winter. (and snow...)

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