10 Hometowns for Each - Takumi Nasuno Photography
Food
2015/04/30

I visited Nakazawa Sake Brewery to See How Sake is Made, and Bought a Nice Sake which Smells Like a Pineapple!

Nakazawa Sake Brewery

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/250 sec, ISO-100)

It was quite comfortable to visit a peaceful rural area of Matsuda, which is located near Odawara City, or located in the southern west of Kanagawa Prefecture. I came to Matsuda with my Vietnamese friends in order to see how Sake (Japanese liquor made from rice) is made, and of course to taste Sake.

Nakazawa Sake Brewery is one of the closest sake breweries from the center of Tokyo. It only takes about 1 hour from Shinagawa Station, and you can enjoy Sake, Japanese traditional houses and a peaceful town. By the way, I feel very attached to this sake brewery because this is located in Kanagawa Prefecture where I was born.

 

Inside Nakazawa Sake Brewery 1

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO-2500)

Inside the brewery lie many pieces of equipment to create Sake.

 

Inside Nakazawa Sake Brewery 2

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO-2500)

This room looked very clean and unique.

 

Inside Nakazawa Sake Brewery 3

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO-8000)

It was surprisingly cold in this room.

 

Inside Nakazawa Sake Brewery 5

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO-3200)

This was set at the entrance to pray the gods for good Sake this year.

 

Sake Video Tour in English Nakazawa Sake Brewery

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO-400)

Although the brewers do not speak English well, they have a special video explaining the whole story of sake in English. They say that there are more and more foreign visitors these days so they prepared it. By going around inside the brewery and watching this video, you will learn a lot about sake.

 

Sake Tasting from Nakazawa Sake Brewery

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO-500)

At the end of the tour, we tasted some bottles of sake. We tasted 6 kinds of sake made in this brewery.

 

Sake Bottles from Nakazawa Sake Brewery

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF50mm F1.4 USM (50mm, f/4, 1/100 sec, ISO-1250)

At last, I decided to buy an unprocessed version of  Daiginjo Matsumidori, a top-quality sake brewed from rice grains milled to 40%. I love it because it smelled like a pineapple.

Please visit this sake brewery to taste how delicious they are!

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Takumi Nasuno. Tanagura Supporters' Ambassador (Official supporter of Tanagura Town of Fukushima Prefecture). A man who recommends TRIPLESSO just as he likes. A multi-language blogger for mainly nature photography. Currently I'm off from my main job (knowledge management and data analytics) and devoting myself to childcare for my newborn baby for half a year.
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