Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


The wine taste of the Japanese is changing:
One of the alcohols they are selling in the conbini just around the corner (see yesterday's post) is this one: A tasty french vin du pays, not at all sweetish and insipid as the favourite wines of japanese consumers used to be for a long time. And what is more: It has the official seal of organic agriculture. Kampai!


Blogger Andreea said...

so interesting. what else besides wine do japanese people prefer?

9:43 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...


I would love to try this bottle. Japanese Wine...something new to look forward to.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

@andreaa: They like lots of very strange seafood they pull out of the sea (among which for example sea urchins are by far the most "normal"). They like slimy, strongly smelling fermentated soy beans ("natto"). They like mochi, a kind of very soft and chewy, almost tasteless rice-cakes. And of course they like rice in its normal form, there are hundreds of different varieties, which apparently all taste different.
Of course, the traditional rice wine, sake, made from rice and water, is very popular, too. It can be drunk chilled or hot.

@edwin: No, it's not sake (sorry, the photo's a little blurred), it's french wine, which is the most popular foreign wine in Japan. There are lots of japanese winemakers nowadays, but the taste of their wine is very unfamiliar to as, due to the different grapes they use. And of cours there are thousands of breweries who make sake, rice wine.

1:48 PM  

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