Friday, November 14, 2008

11/1/08: Day 2 in Japan - Drinking with Tenju Brewers

Starting from this entry, I'll try to have the blog go bi-lingual, as I want those brewers and friends in Japan to share in my experiences.


Today's agenda is to make my trip from Ueno to the town of Yashima in Akita Prefecture, where Tenju Brewery is located.

Scene outside Ueno Station, where I am to catch Akita "Komachi" Shinkansen.

As I am going to Akita, I bought Akita-themed lunch box for my journey. It was incredibly delicious.

I caught a small train for the last leg of the trip from Ugo Honjo to Yashima. Greeting me inside the train was the advertisement for Tenju Brewery.

6:30 hours later, I arrive at Yashima.Tenju is located right off of the train station. The main entrance had the very traditional look.

I was escorted to the guest room while we wait for the evening festivities with the brewers.

Tonight was the first time I ever had a chance to share drink with brewers in the brewery for their Kickoff Party right before the brewing season begins. Here I am toasting with Oh-i brothers. I feel incredibly honored to share in this occasion. The President is to the left, and Hitoshi-san whom I met in NY is to the right.

I was treated to sashimi platter and stewed "nabé" dish for dinner. Saké were Chokaisan Junmai Ginjo (sold as Junmai Daiginjo in the US) and Junmai served warm.

The evening was very festive. There were much laughter, even if I didn't understand some of the Akita dialect.

Group photo. To be honest, I don't really remember this part of the evening. Perhaps I shouldn't have had that much hot saké...

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to the staff at Tenju for allowing me to be part of such a special occasion!


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