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Beverage World called Kyushu, The Kentucky of Asia, where 93% of premium shochu is produced at more than 300 distillers!
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Happy New Year!!!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. We would like to start our 2014 by sharing two wonderful articles written by Jeff Cioletti, Editor-in-Chief at Beverage World. The following is "A Spirited Plea."
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/macfadden/bw1013/#/6

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Founded in 1912, Yamamoto Shuzo (http://www.satsuma-godai.co.jp/) received received the Gold Quality Award in the Monde Selection for three consecutive years from 2009 and the Superior Taste Award from the International Taste & Quality Institute. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season with joy and ablundance. Cheers with Ume plum Shochu!

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Iichiko Frasco in an elegant bottle, has clean aroma, rich body,
and deep flavor. Its highly pearled, low-temperature fermentation, and all-koji production, which
uses barley koji only, means it can be enjoyed on the rocks, with cold water, or with hot water on winter days! http://www.iichiko.co.jp/en/

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Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Hanukkah!
Our thanks to all that what is graceful around us and also our thanks to all that what forces us to become graceful.
Hope you are enjoying a beautiful day with your loved ones.

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Looking for a mashed potato alternative for a Thanksgiving feast? Our Kyushu team came up with potato salad recipe which goes well with Shochu.
Ingredients: Potatoes, corned beef, onions, mayonnaise, powdered cheese, herbs, salt, pepper
① Boil potatoes, remove skins and mash.
② Chop onions and stir fry with corned beef.
③ After the ingredients in ① and ② have cooled, add mayonnaise, powdered cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix well....
④ Add finely minced herbs (basil etc.) and fashion into round balls.
⑤ Brown in a greased frying pan.

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More than 110 professional in Fashion and Music industries gathered at Mahna Mahna's showroom in Soho.(http://www.mahnany.com/) Shoshu distillers, Kyoya Shuzo (http://www.kappashochu.com/cover.html) and Sengetsu shuzo (www.sengetsu.co.jp) sponsored "Royal Blue Cocktail Party." People enjoyed a violin & viola recital with a glass of shochu!

「Royal Blue Cocktail Party」
Fashion X Music X SHOCHU X SAKE
@Mahna Mahna NY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0AkHxwg7Ew

Shochu, Sake, Fashion & music got together.
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"Drop by drop." That is the motto at Takanashi Shuzo. Only rice and water are used. While maintaing the tradition, it keeps developing the technology to create "soft" texture of rice Sho-Chu. www.hakutake.co.jp/company_eng

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Sengetsu means "crescent moon" in Japanese. Sengetsu Shuzo's old Sho-Chu are more than 40 years old. It is famous for Rice Sho-Chu. www.sengetsu.co.jp

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Okuchi Shuzo (www.isanishiki.com) is famous for Kuro Isanishiki. Kampai.us describes its taste, "Kuro Isanishki has the unmistakable earthy nose of an imo shochu. This yields to a buttery soft mouthfeel."

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Nishiyoghisda Shuzo (www.nishiyoshida.jp) is known for its barley Sho-Chu. Here is a beautiful poem by Sara Teasdale, "Like Barley Bending."
In low fields by the sea,
Singing in hard wind
Ceaselessly;
Like barley bending...
And rising again,
So would I, unbroken,
Rise from pain;
So would I softly,
Day long, night long,
Change my sorrow
Into song.

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Kyoya Shuzo's signature label, Kappa Sho-Chu (on the left). Kappa is a mystic creature found in Japanese folklore. In Shinto, it was considered as one of water diety. You can find more about Kyoya's Kappa Sho-Chu in English.
http://www.kappashochu.com/cover.html
https://www.facebook.com/KappaNoSasoimizu

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Beniotome Shuzo is known for its sesame Sho-Chu. They are matured over three years. www.beniotome.co.jp

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Yuji at Zation and Prof. Sakaguchi shared the vision of our Sho-Chu project with US media.

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Stephen Lyman, the editor of kampai.us gave a great presentation on Sho-Chu at the event. He fell in love with Sho-Chu and truly understands the spirit of Sho-Chu! Visit www.kampai.us

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Governer Ikuo Kabashima from Kumamoto introduced Sengetsu Shuzo's Kawabe and Takahashi Shuzo's Shiro with great pride! Takahashi Shuzo's English site is http://www.hakutake.co.jp/company_eng/ You can find a review on Sengetsu Shuzo's Kawabe at http://kampai.us/kawabe/

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