Shochu Misc....

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I just spent 2 months in Amami-o-shima, an island off the coast of Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan. I went there to learn how to make kokuto, or black sugar, shochu. How did I get there? Well, that’s kind of a long story. Let me start at the beginning. In fact, before that. Read More...

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Shochu’sday renews in 2018 with a similar schedule to last year. One per month, always with a theme. Check this page for updated dates, times, and locations along with increased details. Tuesday, January 16: Food Pairing Shochu’sday @ Teisui (246 5th Avenue – entrance on 29th Street, west, of 5th Avenue, Flatiron) 5:30-7:30pm. We will pair some drinking snacks with shochu available on Teisui’s menu. Teisui is a beautiful space dominated by a counter. It started as a yakitori spot, but has now expanded to sushi service as well. Tuesday, February 6: Oyuwari Shochu’sday @ Uminoie (86 East 3rd Street, Read More...

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Naoki Sugimoto from Satsuma Shima Bijin, and Tekkan Wakamatsu from Yamatozakura will be visiting NYC and Hudson, NY to introduce their products to the US market. A weeklong series of tastings and pairing dinners will kick off on Monday, July 25th and run through Saturday, July 30th. Read More...

Shochusday
EDITED  September 19, 2016 to update schedule and locations. As I promised, exciting things are happening here at Kampai.US for 2016 and beyond. First off, “Shochu Tuesday” is no longer. Not only does that limit us to Tuesday, but it’s also not a particularly clever name. Fortunately, my Japanese shochu-loving friends, especially Noriyuki Yamashita, of Glocal Bar Imo Vibes, are more creative and also have a distinct linguistic advantage when it comes to this. In Japanese “tu” is pronounced “chu” – so Tuesday would be pronounced “Chuesday” – which is a short slide into “sho-chuesday” and with a bit… Read More...

last shochu tuesday
  As many of you know, the origin story of my shochu obsession began on a Tuesday night at Izakaya Ten (now Juban) back in 2008. As a result, “Shochu Tuesday” has always had a special place in my heart and for the past 2 1/2 years I’ve been a guest-bartender-in-residence at SakaMai on the Lower East Side. As for December 15, 2015 that tenure ended – and with a bang. We had more than 40 guests for the farewell Shochu Tuesday at SakaMai. Many thanks to SakaMai owners Natalie Graham and Tanner Fahl for the opportunity; to Chef… Read More...

shochu lineup
On Monday, November 23, 2015, I had the distinct pleasure of appearing on the Japan Eats radio show with host Akiko Katayama on the Heritage Radio Network. If you're not familiar with Akiko's show, it's a beautiful exploration of Japanese food and beverage in an easily accessible format through interview with local New York chefs, restaurant owners, and experts in a variety of areas. Read More...

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