October 1st is Sake Day around the globe because it generally marks the start of the sake brewing season in Japan. You may not have known this, but sake is enjoying a renaissance, with production, sale and export of premium styles on the rise.
There are several good places in Yokohama to drink premium sake, including Sagan (featured on our cover) in the Motomachi-Ishikawa area. Just a stone’s throw away is the family-owned liquor store Aichiya, which has a tasting bar. In Hanasaki-cho, Hanasaku is another great one. If you’re more interested in sipping at home, Kimijimaya is a well-respected retailer with some rare brands. Finally, if you want to learn more about sake, we are also the publishers of Sake Today, the world’s only regular sake magazine! Check it out at: www.sake-today.com
Personally, we like to go out to drink our sake. We like to see our friends and neighbors and also support local businesses. We hope to see you out! As we always say, together we can make Yokohama an even better place.