If you recall, last year I won a competition to go on a Tokyo Food Tour with Nick D. My prize also included a day trip to have a tour of the Ozeki Sake Brewery in Nishinomiya which is located just outside of Kyoto. We got to see the process it takes to make sake from start to finish, so amazing!
Nick and Toby filmed the whole tour and have just released this lil video above of our experience. Also, here’s some photos I took which shows the different stages of producing sake. We ended the day at the Ozeki cafe where we got to try sake cakes and ice-cream! Thank you so much to our lovely hosts at Ozeki, kanpai!
Ozeki’s newest products: Jelly sake and a sparkling sake.
This dark ball of straw means that the sake is ready.
My tour outfit #fashion
Rice all ready to be made into sake.
The first stage involves steaming the rice in this machine.
Crazy 80s looking machine monitoring the temperature and other stuff while rice is being prepared.
“Ah yes, SAKE!”
We were allowed into a secret chamber…..
A special sake was being made in this chamber. The whole room was very warm and humid.
Rice being brewed into sake in these massive barrels.
This is what it looks like inside the barrels. Rice is bubbling.
Voila! Sake straight out of the vat.
Ozeki Crew! L – R: Toby (Camera guy), Nick D (Tour Guide), Odahara (Ozeki Sake Master), Che & Me
Finished the day with a green tea.