Before the advent of refrigeration, sake was a drink that traditionally could be brewed only in the cold winter months. Even now, some of the most respected brewers still acknowledge this tradition, which is tied with the flow of the rice harvesting season, noting that there are few greater pleasures than sipping a gently warmed sake on a snowy night. Nihombashi Mitsukoshi honors this tradition with a sugitama, our ball of bound cedar leaves that hangs in the heart of the sake section – a traditional symbol of fresh sake brewed throughout winter. While there are a number of artisanal vintage sakes to offer, sake tends to be drunk during the year it’s produced, and now in store, you will find the first wave of shinshu, a new sake, brewed over the New Year.
Over the spring and summer seasons, you’ll find that not only does the selection of sake change, but so too does how it’s best enjoyed with changes in temperature. Those looking to learn are well catered for, with our expert team of staff ready to recommend not just what to drink, but how to drink them, in any situations. If you’re still stuck, we regularly feature a nihonshu (sake) of the week, so if you follow our advice, we’ll guide you through the plethora of distinctive varieties, from clear seishu to cloudy nigorizake, as well as sakes exclusive to Nihombashi Mitsukoshi.
Western wine glasses
Beyond sake, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi are always thinking of new ways to enjoy nihonshu, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find traditional tumblers joined by modern designs and even options that sit comfortably next to Western wine glasses. Perfect for a toast to Japanese sake?
Location: Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Building B1, La Cave
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