Japan /dʒəˈpæn/ (Japanese: 日本 Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 About this sound Nippon-koku or Nihon-koku, literally "[the] State of Japan") is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is sometimes referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun".Japan is an archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area.
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    • Your Holiday Spirits Guide Part 4: the Land of Misfit Toys

      Click here for part one (vodka, gin, tequila and mezcal) Click here for part two (Cognac, Armagnac, Calvados and rum) Click here for part three – whisk(e)y Part of the fun of giving booze as a gift is surprising even the experienced drinker, hitting them with something new, something that surprises them but doesn’t disappoint. So consider mixing it up a bit.

      Keith Allison/ The Alcohol Professor- 8 readers -
    • ‘Tis the Season with Sake

      0 Looking to shake things up this holiday why not say ‘Tis the Season with Sake? Raise a glass and celebrate family, friendship and tradition with TY KU Sake. A smooth alternative for the modern drink, elevate your parties, dinners and gathers with TY KU’s premium portfolio of sakes that are all-natural, low calorie, gluten-free and free of sulfites and tannins.

      Monique Soltani/ Wine Oh TV- 2 readers -
  • Saké and Cheese — A Natural Pairing

    … We recently sat in on a saké and cheese pairing hosted by Charles Communications Associates. The online tasting featured saké made in Forest Grove, Oregon by SakéOne as well as saké imported from Japan by SakéOne. Each of the four sakés was paired with a different cheese provided by Marin French Cheese Company, Laura Chenel and Rogue Creamery…

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  • Collazzi Libertá Will Get Your Spirits Soaring

    - Collazzi Libertá 2012, Toscana Cost: $23-25 Balance usually is the key to any good wine, especially a blend. That is what you will find in the Collazzi Libertá, a delightful Tuscan blend. Some would call this wine a Super Tuscan because it focuses on the French grapes of Merlot and Syrah instead of the traditional Sangiovese. I prefer to just call it a super wine.

    Dennis Sodomka/ BottleReport.com- 2 readers -
  • Shinkame Brewery: From Holy Turtle to Aged Sake (Part 1)

    … The Holy Turtle. Warm Sake. World War 2. Junmai. Cheese Pairings. Aged Sake. Honjozo. What a fascinating interview with Yoshimasa Ogawahara (pictured above), the 7th generation owner of Shinkame Shuzo, a Sake brewery located in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan. Mr. Ogawahara made a three-night trip to the U.S. and his only stop was in Boston…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 5 readers -
  • My annual Holiday Cookbook/Winebook Gift article -- part one

    …". The 100 preps have been co-authored by Italian-Brazilian food writer-chef Luciana Bianchi. It is a wide-ranging tome that moves from street food to seafood, sweet treats to cocktails, and more. The major roots are from indigenous people, Portugal, and Africa, with notes from immigrants of Germany, Italy, Syria, Lebanon and Japan, and the food itself…

    Dean Tudor/ Gothic Epicures VinCuisine- 2 readers -
  • 10 great books for Christmas gifts

    … other. She shows how all three have been affected by the same internal movements towards extremism, and why this follows from less mystical and more literal readings of the Bible and the Koran. You'll have a better understanding of all three religions, even your own, after reading this. All She Was Worth Japan has an interesting tradition of noir…

    W. Blake Gray/ The Gray Report- 2 readers -
  • Sushi Yoshitake: engaging three-star sushi indulgence in Tokyo

    … Sushi Yoshitake: engaging three-star sushi indulgence in Tokyo Yoshitake is an exclusive member of the coveted trio of three-Michelin-stared sushi counters in Ginza, but it is considerably different from the legendary casual Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten, that serves 20 courses of nigiri omakase and nothing else in less than 20 minutes. For its very…

    Winebeing- 2 readers -
  • Art and Olfaction Awards Celebrates Artisan Perfumers

    … staged “A Trip to Japan in 16 Minutes,” the first scent concert, which failed miserably. The Institute for Arts & Olfaction recreated the experience for a modern era earlier this year. Five finalists in each category will be chosen. From that, two winners in the Artisan and two winners in the Independent categories will be chosen. There…

    WineFashionista- 1 readers -
  • Schiller’s Favorite Wine Bars in Singapore

    …, and Christian G.E. Schiller, in Singapore On the supply side, the number of importers has mushroomed in recent years. Berry Brothers and Rudd moved into Asia in 1998, establishing offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Japan, is now also present in Singapore. Berry Brothers and Rudd predicts that its Asia businesses will account for half its global sales in five…

    Dr. Christian G.E. Schiller/ schiller-winein Riesling- 2 readers -

    … the earliest days. More recently, we copied Burgundy. Lately we're copying Spain and Italy. Now that Greece has some admirable new vinous achievements using very old varieties, we'll soon be copying them. Apart from the abject laziness involved in such artful contrivance, there's a bigger sin in our presumption that we can all copy the pricing…

    Philip White/ drinkster- 2 readers -
  • Don’t Forget Frank Family Pinot Noir For Thanksgiving

    …, and Rutherford Sangiovese are made from fruit grown on Rich Frank’s personal hillside estate in Rutherford and are only available through the tasting room. Frank Family has continued to grow, gaining fans all over the world. Their latest expansion is in the Far East: China, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. Pinot Noir a good match…

    Dennis Sodomka/ BottleReport.com- 7 readers -
  • Enjoying a fantastic @HitachinoNestSG #Japanese Classic #Ale #Japan #Beer

    … soy sauce. It finishes warm, woody, and dry. Conclusions: Hitachino’s Classic Ale is complex, challenging at times, but forgiving and friendly and very good (4 of 5). I expected a hop bomb IPA, but they have gone the route of ripeness and balance. The alcohol may be a bit high but it provides viscosity and body. And the owl is adorable. Like this: Like Loading... Related …

    WAYWARD WINE- 5 readers -
  • Meet Me At the Saloon

    …, especially in the East Village. GC’s makeover into Boilermaker is largely at the hands of one of the most hospitable high volume tenders in the biz, Erick Castro, along with longtime cocktail pros Don Lee and Greg Boehm, with chef Miquel Trinidad. Beer and shot pairings go from simple beer and a whiskey (three versions of that even) to the Machete…

    Amanda Schuster/ The Alcohol Professor- 1 readers -
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