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Entrance Ceremonies & Welcome Parties

– April 1, 2021 – Entering school or the business world is a big event in Japan. As the calendar year starts in April, we see many 1st graders and Freshman in school, and Freshers or Rookies in companies all around. Sometimes they are quite noticeable in crowds, probably because of their uniforms or newly…

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Dewazakura Ichiro

– April 1, 2021 – As temperatures gets warmer, colder sake becomes more and more favored. Springtime brings cherry blossoms, and “Dewazakura” means cherry of Dewa (ancient name of Yamagata prefecture), which brings us to our April sake feature! Dewazakura Ichiro is Junmai Daiginjo and won the champion sake award in International Wine Challenge in…

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New Sake Stories at Shiro’s

– March 1, 2021 – When we re-opened our dining room last month, we introduced small bottle sake, which hold 300 ml (10.14 oz). While Japan officially adopted the metric system in 1891, there is also a traditional measurement system called Shakkan-hou, and many sake bottles are referred to as “go.” 1 go is about…

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What do you see in March in Japan?

– March 1, 2021 – The school year in Japan begins in April and ends in March. Yes, March is the time for graduation. Many schools conduct their graduation ceremonies in the latter half of March, which means that in some parts of Japan graduation occurs during cherry blossom season. It makes a wonderful, scenic…

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What’s this fish? – KASUGODAI (Young Sea Bream)

– February 1, 2021 – Kasugodai, or young sea bream, translates to “spring day” or “spring child” sea bream in Japanese. Kasugodai can be caught throughout the year, but because of its name, it is considered a spring fish. Its size produces a firmer texture than Madai (sea bream,) therefore it is important that chefs…

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ENJOY SAKE! Atsu-kan (Hot Sake)

– February 1, 2021 – Across the world, alcoholic beverages are most commonly served chilled or at room temperature. In Japan, Atsu-kan or hot sake, is just as popular as Hiya or cold sake. In fact, Atsu-kan is more popular than Hiya during winter months. Atsu-kan and Hiya are used as general terminology for hot…

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