Quel concidence! I've had plenty of it in the past, and liked it, but I went shopping on Tuesday for ingredients for spicy garlic prawns with asparagus and sack posset (watch 'The Supersizers go...' for lots of interesting historical eating options you may not have thought of), and came across sake on the speciality shelves of Sainsburys so bought a bottle. Didn't taste anything like I remembered, so used it to cook with (anathema for someone who likes a drink!). I warmed it up in a bowl over hot water as well. Did I do something wrong?
I have drunk it a lot, doing Kendo with loads of mad Japs so they used to ring ack when they went home. I found it got my legs drunk first. You felt sober untill I tried to stand and then I just fell over. Its great stuff.
I studied it at uni maney moons ago and went of to teach it part time at an Iaido club not far away. I was lucky enough to practice with the GB squad in London for about two years.
Unfortunatly my club shut down a while ago and I haven't fenced since I went on tour in 2005.
One of my old Jap sensie's used to show up with the worst sake breath in the world. If he got to close it would knock you over.
As you might gather from my login name, I am living out in Japan and one of the great pleasures of being here (apart from the women) is the sake.
It can be served either warm or cold, I prefer cold, and in many different containers. Traditional sake containers are small, square, wooden boxes which, despite much practice, still cause me to spill a decent quantity down my chin, even when still sober. I prefer the porcelain cup which is stood in a small bowl and then the sake poured in. The cup is allowed to overflow by about half as much again as it holds so that as you drink it you can replenish the cup from the bowl underneath.
After 2 years here I still have not worked out what is what in terms of dry/sweet etc. but I usually let the girlfriend or another Japanese friend choose for me when we are out. Whatever I have I always seem to get p1ssed fairly quickly.
If you like sake I would also recommend that you try Shochu, although I don't know how easy it is to get hold of in the UK, which is similar but usually made from grain or potatoes. It is usually drunk neat, preferably over ice, or diluted with either hot or cold water depending upon your preference. In the summer however when it is hot and humid it is very refreshing when mixed with freshly squeezed fruit juice, especially grapefruit juice - just what you need when sitting in a tiny open air restaurant eating grilled unidentifiable things on sticks.
I like Sake and Japanese beer as well! In the beer I like Sapporo the best; however, I drank a lot of Asahi Kirin as well. (Three Years in Japan, on Occupation duty.)
I still drink Sake, whenever I eat at a japanese restaurant, I prefer it warm. I seldom drink it other than with japanese food. I'm a Kentucky Bourbon (Woodford Reserve) drinker. My Japanese friends tell me that there are many brands of Sake, some better than others; however, I never really noticed much difference, as Sake was Sake to me. (I'm sure their right though.)
Sapporo beer, is one that I would drink anytime I got the chance. I prefer it over the Chinese beer Tsingtao. I usually drink Sapporo when eating at Chinese restaurants, as I like beer with both types of asian food. I do like Singha Thai beer with their spicy hot food.
On a recent vacation trip, I visited the Sapporo brewery near Sapporo, Japan, We were offered lots of samples and had a good tour of the facility.
Kind of yes. Bloody good though. I used to drink sake brought in from Japan and it came in a tetrapak container. Possably not the classest stuff but bloody nice and did the job. i got a real taste for it but can't find any decent stuff here.
Evil stuff... I have a nice scar on my head thanks to my last bout of saki drinking (about 2 months ago in Warsaw). It tastes ok in the right environment (e.g. a sushi restuarant) and has a nasty habit of creeping up on you and then WHAM! you go from sober to gibbering fool in the space of 2 minutes.
Yes the masuzake in the wooden box is a nightmare for spilling. I've seen it in a barrel (taruzake) at a family do - tons of the stuff.
I can drink whisky and vodka till the cows come home but warm sake does me in.
Don't know if you can get shohchuu in UK though?
I was due to go out to japan three years ago to teach english. Japanese friends have a house - not a flat - but a house where I'm welcome to stay. This is on the back burner as I went back to the green team a few years ago.
Bobath, I've been studying Nami Ryu Bujutsu since I was 12. It has kenjutsu and jujutsu as part of the system but the I-ai is only done with either a wakizashi or tanto from seiza.
The system came over to Scotland in the 1860's due to an Andrew Glover I beleive and had almost died out by the early 1980's.
A book called the Scottish Samurai is about a Thomas Blake Glover from Aberdeen, co-founded Mitsubishi and Kirin beer. Also built up the railway and shipyards there. Madame Butterfly is reputably based on his lifestyle.
Dunno if this TB Glover is the same Glover our system talks about but I'm looking into it.