Shipments of Japanese sake have declined to a third of what they were at the height of the beverage's popularity 40 years ago. There are signs of a revival, especially in northeastern Japan, but overall growth is sluggish. What can be done to introduce the country's fine brews to a greater audience? Taking pride in their role as envoys of Japan's rice culture, brewers continue to try a range of different strategies at home and abroad.
The pale yellow walls of French restaurant Tocqueville in New York are reminiscent of a southern European eatery, and its food and service have earned it a lofty rating in the...
At the Japanese restaurant Yuzu in Quebec, Canada, just over an hour's flight from New York, a Japan-themed party is being held.
The Dassai sake brewery, Asahi Shuzo, tucked away in a mountain valley about an hour from Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, doesn't look very different from the hundreds of...
The president of Japan’s fourth largest sake brewer, Ozeki Corp., believes his industry has to look close to home for the reasons for its long-term decline.
Sommelier Shinya Tasaki reveals the secrets to enjoying good sake.
It's been two years since I stopped drinking all other kinds of alcohol except Japanese sake. Even at banquets and parties, when the cry rings out to "start things off with...
We sense the transition of the seasons in the redolence of the wind and our hearts flutter at the scent of our beloved. Fragrances add color to our everyday life and enrich our existence. We are unable to resist their bewitching allure.
When the curtain rises, Shugo Ikoh's job as an opera director is done. There is nothing more that he can do. He always sits alone in an aisle seat among the audience.
With oil consumption in the Asia-Pacific region increasing more than 30 percent since 2000, Malaysia has been bolstering its role as an energy consumer and regional hub for energy trading. In cooperation with Singapore, with...
ASICS, Japan’s largest sport shoe, apparel and equipment manufacturer, is gradually starting to make lengthy strides into the global athletic shoe market dominated by U.S.-based Nike and German Adidas.