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August is peak summer season in Japan.  We can look forward to some of the most spectacular fireworks displays and festivals in the world, ...


Thank you all for your patience. Now I'm back up and running. I recently changed computing platforms. A major change by the way. I have fully converted from PC to Mac and I am not looking back baby. I have had my last straw with Bill's software monopoly and I won't tolerate it any longer, but enough of that. Listen to the pronounciation of this sake:


Closing summer out right I will be introducing a couple more summer sake. This one " Sawanotsuru" comes from a very well known and established brewery that has a well known reputation in the sake drinking community. By the way, the name "Sawanotsuru" literally means the " Crane of the Swamp." The reason for purchasing this brand is because normally, the nihonshu I choose come from smaller less known breweries, and since this one didn't I thought that I should offer my readers a little something more readily accessible. You can find this brand anywhere in Japan.

Now the nihonshu I am drinking tonight is the summer version and it's mighty tastyIMG_0575-2010-09-14-06-53.JPG

What you are looking at is called a yubeshi, a type of guteneous sweet brown sugar walnut filled treat from Fukushima Prefecture. Whenever I am up this way I make sure to grab one of these. I especially enjoy how lovely they go with delicious nihonshu. The mild texture of the summer genshu and this yubeshi makes for a delicious summer afternoon treat. I can imagine a better summer than with a good sake and some something soft and peanut filled.


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