Six things to know about Japan's understated rice wine, sake
Sake can be underwhelming for some people; it has a reputation in some circles for being bland and tasteless. It's a shame, really, since when drank properly, it's a complex sip.Here are six things you should know about sake:1) Despite being described as a "Japanese rice wine," it in no way resembles wine: The way sake is produced is more akin to beer. To make sake, rice starch is turned into sugar. A fungus helps with the fementation process, and a few days, you have fermented rice. This is mixed with freshly steamed rice and water, which forms the first mash. After several repititions, and s...
Despite being frequented by actor Robert De Niro for its world-famous sake breweries, Sado Island is not all-that popular with foreign tourists.Yet, one venture to the island will allow travelers to pack so much into one trip. That ranges from its natural beauty, including picturesque beach inlands to cascading rice paddies, as well as a rich gold-mining history, nihonshu (rice wine) and onsen (hot spring) culture.Accessible by bullet train and ferry from Tokyo, the Niigata prefecture island’s joyous spirit may come from its brewed spirits. One place to sip some smooth booze is Hokusetsu Brewe...
[2019 Edition] 5 Interesting Vending Machines You Can Find in Japan
Japan has an extremely high number of vending machines. There is an extensive variety of items sold in them, including not just drinks but also food and daily essentials as well. This article introduces 5 particularly interesting vending machines that you'll want to check out.1. Drink and Compare Japanese Sake Sake is a traditional Japanese rice wine with many different varieties all around the country, which is why vending machines for tasting and comparing sake are a great hit. The vending machines in Ponshu-kan, a tourist facility in JR Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata Stations in Niigata Prefectu...
5 Famous Foods You’ll Find in Niigata
NiigataPrefecture is most famous for Japan’s staple food: rice. And because of that, their rice wine, known as sake in the West, is as impeccably smooth as it is world-famous. In terms of rice, which, yes, you can actually taste a difference, Japan’s top-quality Koshihikari rice is synonymous with this prefecture west of Tokyo.Still, there are many other local foods that will make an impression on your taste buds. As a long prefecture spanning the coast of the Sea of Japan, Niigata also prospers in its fishing industry and agriculture. The food is good and cheap, so there’s no reason not to vi...