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The Straits Times Life Magazine

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April 2015
by Eunice Quek

There is no better place to experience sake than in its motherland, Japan. Every prefecture boasts a variety of the fermented rice beverage and the array of options can be confusing, possibly intimidating. However, there are ways to learn more about sake; from meeting the rice growers to seeing first hand how the drink is made to learning how to pair the drink with food.

Wine Enthusiast

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Best of Year 2014
by Anna Lee C. Iijima
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Traveling through rural Japan—navigating transportation, booking appointments or just ensuring that you’ve ordered salmon fillet and not its head or entrails—can be daunting. While most sakagura are thrilled to receive foreigners, they’re usually not able to give tours or tastings in English. A full-service tour operator can help, so you can focus on enjoying your visit. Sake Brewery Tours specializes in saké-focused adventures for foreign visitors. The trips are lead by Etsuko Nakamura, a professional translator with multiple saké certifications (and recently named a Saké Samurai by the Japan Saké Brewers Association). In recent years, tours have taken visitors to popular saké regions like Niigata, Okayama, Kyushu and the Tohoku (northeastern Japan). The five-day excursions also include seminars and lectures by the world’s foremost non-Japanese saké expert, and author of Saké Confidential, John Gauntner.

The Japan Journal

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April 2014
by Tony McNicol
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Appetite

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May 2013
by Peter Weld
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Journal Idées Japon – Printemps 2013 – N°9

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Spring 2013
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Travel Journal

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January 2013 Travel industry magazine in Japan featured Etsuko and her efforts with Sake Brewery Tours.
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The Province

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December 23, 2012 by Elise Gee
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JAL Skyward

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February 2012 by John Gauntner
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Chopsticks NY

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January 2012
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Sakigake Shinbun

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February 2011
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