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Food Trip: Sake

To most people a visit to Japan would not be complete without trying out the sake.
Sake on a modern packaging

Sake is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin. It is made from fermented rice and is usually misreferred by English-speaking countries as "rice wine" when in fact it is made by the process called brewing (much like that of a beer).
Sake sold on Mt. Kongo (looks like perfume to me)
Shochu / Distilled Sake
For those who doesn't know, sake is the national beverage of Japan. It is often placed in a small earthenware or porcelain bottle called a tokkuri, and sipped from a small porcelain cup called a sakazuki.
It looks like water to me
The origin of the sake is unclear. Some believed that the probable origin of the beverage is during the Nara Period (710 - 794 AD). because the beverage is mentioned several times in the Kojiki, Japan's first written history, which was compiled in 712 AD.
The more traditional sake packaging
Although I'm not a big fan of alcoholic beverages, I didn't let the chance slip by when I was offered a sake by Mr. Toshi. I don't know if it's really that strong but two sake filled sakazuki already made me tipsy. All I could say is that the taste of a sake is comparable to wet rice mixed with alcohol.
How many of these should I eat to get drunk? 
Late night sake!

Sadly, I hadn't had a chance to bring a high grade sake back home to the Philippines because it's quite expensive. (Maybe next visit)



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