WHAT IS SAKE?
Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from rice, koji (Diastatic enzyme), and water.
Like wine and beer, producing sake requires fermenting the ingredients.
WINE AND BEER
◦Wine is naturally fermented by pressing grapes and adding yeast.
◦In winemaking no sugar conversion is necessary because the grapes already contain a form of sugar.
◦◦In beer making sugar conversion & alcohol fermentation are a separate processes.
◦In Sake making, sugar conversion and alcohol conversion take place at the same time, in parallel.
SAKE IN RITUALS AND CELEBRATIONS
◦Sake is an integral part of the Japanese lifestyle and culture
◦When first produced over two thousand years ago, Sake was revered and cherished and made as an offering to the various deities of the Shinto religion.
◦New Year Celebration
◦Cherry blossom viewing
◦Wedding ceremonies & parties
SAKE IN SHRINES
◦Whenever Japanese people go to a shrine to pray, be blessed at new year, or simply when there is a festival, sake is served in small wooden boxes called MASU.
◦Drinking Sake brings you closer to others.
◦A conversation tool.
◦“Dassai” is the premier brand sake produced by Asahi Shuzo Co., Ltd.
◦“Dasai” Kikizake set ---- Yen500.-
◦DASSAI 50, DASSAI 39 AND DASSAI 23
◦They refer to the percentage of the rice grains left after milling.
◦The outer surface of rice is milled to remove proteins, fats and minerals that cause undesirable flavors in the sake.
◦The more the rice grain has been shaved off, the higher the quality of the sake will be.
◦Dassai 23 is the highest grade of all sake.
◦Dassai Store Ginza
◦Next to Mitsui Garden Hotel in Ginza.
SAKE BREWERIES IN TOKYO
◦“Tama Jiman”, Ishikawa Shuzo’s main sake.
◦“Tama Jiman Daiginjo” has a clear taste with the pleasant fragrance. A polished rice ratio of 35%.
◦JR Shinjuku JR Tachikawa (JR Ohme Line) JR Haijima Station walk 20 min. to the brewery
◦Ozawa Shuzo was established in 1703 and
◦it is well known for its brand name, “Sawanoi”.
◦Located in Okutama, a mountain district
◦in the western part of Tokyo.
◦There are spectacular views of mountains and valley.
◦Barbecue garden, Japanese Tofu restaurant
◦and two museums on the site.◦
◦JR Shinjuku ➡ JR Tachikawa ➡ JR Sawai