April 30, 2013

A Trip to Yuzawa, Part III-II/湯沢への旅、パート3の2

This is Koshi no Muro in Ponshukan, where you can taste five of the brands from ALL sake breweries, 95 in total, in Niigata prefecture for 500 yen.
Is the English clear to you?
Popularity ranking 2012:
And, ranking this year:

First, you pay 500 yen to the cashier, and get five coins and one o-choko (small cup for drinking sake).

This is the o-choko. Be sure to return the o-choko when you are finished.
(I had already used two.)

Select a brand of your preference.

Feel free to these 90 types of salt.
and some types of miso.
I first selected this tokubetsu junmai shu (rather dry).
First place your o-choko at the right position (within the circle), put in one coin, and press the yellow button, and you will get the sake in your o-choko.
My second choice: Junmai shu (mild):
I tried the yuzu shio (jio).
Third: Namazake (unpasteurized sake) from Takachiyo Shuzo (a brewery in the Shiozawa area of Minami Uonuma city):
Fourth: Koshi no Kanbai:
I tried this: "salt produced from soy sauce":
You can drink cold water here.
Last one: Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi from Shirataki Shuzo:
All the brands were good in their own way. If I had to choose two, I'd select the first and the last ones. The namazake had a very distinctive flavor, which was too much for me.

(To be continued.)


Ruminating Roy said...

I'm very jealous, that looks like it would be a great way to find out which ones to buy!

I'm curious how much you liked the tokubetsu junmai shu - the very dry sake are usually the ones my wife and I prefer.

Hiroyuki said...

Ruminating Roy:
>how much...

I liked it very much. The best of the five I tasted. I'd say smooth and drinkable.

Sissi said...

Have you managed to be sober afterwards? Haha! I'm sure I wouldn't... The soy sauce salt sounds also incredible.

Hiroyuki said...

Sissi: I had more sake when I got home. Sadly, I gained 1 kg because of my trip...

Soy sauce salt tasted exactly soy sauce + salt (laugh).

Adam Helps said...

You asked about the English on that sign...

It is not good English, and it is difficult to understand, but I think I can guess what the meaning is supposed to be.

I would have written it more like this:

"Five sampler cups of sake for 500 yen. Please pay at the register." "You will get five tokens for your 500 yen" "Not available for drivers and minors" "Our store supports the Declaration for Banishing Drunk Driving"

Sissi said...

Hiroyuki, I think of many interesting ways to use soy sauce salt (when one wants salt and soy sauce taste, but no liquid...).
I'm sorry to hear that, but maybe it's only water not real weight gain?

Hiroyuki said...

Adam Helps: Brabo! I think you should contact Ponshukan, telling them that the English on the sign is not very good and should be corrected. You will deserve a translation fee or something (as much sake as you can drink?)!

Sissi: I had just a lot of free samples, so probably half real gain and half water. Anyway, it will take two or three days to lose this extra weight.

Fräulein Trude said...

Concerning the english signs for the sake tasting units: I managed to understand somehow. My english is way far from beiing good (had my latest english lesson in school 36 years ago). It is easier to talk as to write.
I often watch this funny youtube channel and this playlist http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF71F8C4AE0724C15

Therefore it is good enough (laugh) no offends. As long as people understand everything is fine.

Hiroyuki said...
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Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Thanks for the link. Yes, examples of Japanized English are everywhere in Japan.

Imaizumi Hakubutsukan, a local museum here in Minami Uouma city, is one of few exceptions. The English on the sign was almost perfect, and I asked the staff who wrote the English. They said the General Director wrote it and an IUJ (International University of Japan) student proofread it.