Niigata


June 13, 2016

Exquisite Gems from the Sea at Ginpachi Sushi (Niigata)

by Kayoko Akabori

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One of the great joys of importing barware from Japan is that we not only make annual visits to the factories in Niigata but we also get to stop into Ginpachi, a local sushi-ya in Sanjo City.

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May 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Spice it up with sake! (May 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

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February 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Niigata Festa! (Feb 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

um_sakegumi_logoFebruary sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should probably join!

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May 25, 2015

Bar Owl in Niigata City

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we mentioned to Mr. Akio Watanabe, owner of Bar EST! in Tokyo that we were heading to Niigata, he recommended that we visit Bar Owl.

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May 14, 2015

Todai Utensil Factory

by Yoko Kumano

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I’d like to start with a little background on the small town of Tsubame-Sanjo. This manufacturing town in Niigata Prefecture produces most of Japan’s stainless steel items.

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April 27, 2015

A Visit to Kinshihai Brewery

by Yoko Kumano

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Sake is one of those things that really makes you appreciate locality. It’s like the meyer lemons in Berkeley.

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April 16, 2015

Rice Mill Machine at Aoki Brewery

by Kayoko Akabori

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During our visit to Aoki Brewery in Niigata, we were told that the three most important factors of brewing sake is the rice, the water and the people. 

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April 13, 2015

A Visit to Aoki Brewery in Niigata

by Yoko Kumano

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Kayoko and I go to Niigata every February. Our friends in Tokyo gasp in horror, “Why would you go somewhere so cold?

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March 16, 2015

A Visit to Niigata Beer Co.

by Kayoko Akabori

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Our Japan trip last month was a jam-packed, 5-city tour with barware factory tours, sake brewery pit-stops and a visit to a craft brewery!

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October 6, 2014

Visiting Asahi Copper Factory

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we voiced our wish to visit a few factories in Japan earlier this year, we didn’t realize that so many of them would be in the same town.

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