People worldwide recognize sake (called seishu) — that’s how popular this alcoholic beverage has become. Japanese sake is derived from rice, koji (rice malt made of rice and natural yeast) and water. Rice is the staple food in the Japanese diet and an essential part of Japanese culture. Koji is the brewage element indispensable to production of soy source, miso (fermented bean paste), mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), Japanese vinegar, etc., which essentially gives Japanese food its umami (savory flavor). And lastly, water reflects local taste. Thus, sake is a crystallization of Japanese dietary culture.
Japanese sake is produced by groups of artisans led by master brewers called tohji. In some cases, the sake fermentation process is automated by the use of machinery. However, tohji still play an essential role in maintaining brand quality at many sake breweries.
For instance, one sakagura (sake brewery) called Mori no Kura is located in Kurume-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture. Founded at the end of the 19th century, Mori no Kura was established by a brewing family that moved to this location in quest of the perfect water to make junmai-shu (pure rice sake) only. Today, this sakagura is famous for its namesake Mori no Kura sake that reflects its legacy of dedication to fine brewing and its Komagura brand, specially created to suit a wide range of foods. Throughout Japan, many sakagura like Mori no Kura strive to maintain brewing traditions while working to develop innovative new sake selections.
Isetan Shinjuku constantly stocks about 300 sake brands from regions around Japan. This sake section enables you to choose the “right” sake that suits your taste and matches a variety of occasions. A tasting corner offers an enjoyable place to sample sake selections, which change on a weekly basis. Please talk to the staff if you plan to serve sake with dinner. These experts can give you excellent advice, based on familiarity with many sake brands and subtle taste differences. Why don’t you pick a flavorful sake for an exceptional dining experience?
MORI NO KURA BREWING CO.