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Kuramoto Diary vol.505: “Local Dassai”

Kuramoto Diary vol.505: “Local Dassai”

                                                                            By Hiroshi SAKURAI, April 2021  As you may have already read in the news section on our website, we will be releasing from April a limited edition of Dassai - made from Yamada Nishiki specifically grown in various prefectures. Dassai sources between 9,000 and 10,000 tons of Yamada Nishiki rice from 20 prefectures across Japan. The production area is centered in Hyogo...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.504: “About some of the news mentioned on our website”

Kuramoto Diary vol.504: “About some of the news mentioned on our website”

By Hiroshi SAKURAI, March 2021 There are two important news that appeared on the news section of our website lately. One is about the launch of “Dassai made from local rice” and the other is about our graduate recruitment drive for June. I'd like to explain a bit about the background to both of these stories, but there's still a bit of time before the launch of “Dassai made from local rice”, and both stories would be too long, so I'll just explain the later first. We are looking to recruit around 10 new graduates to join us in June,...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.503: Nothing goes to waste in Yamada Nishiki

Kuramoto Diary vol.503: Nothing goes to waste in Yamada Nishiki

I believe many of you already know that Dassai is made exclusively from Yamada Nishiki rice, which has been thoroughly polished.In recent years our average rice polishing ratio has been in the 31% range. This means that even last year when production was down due to the coronavirus, we used just over 8,000 tons of Yamada Nishiki, which means that just under 2,500 tons of the central part of the rice grain goes into the sake crafting process, and we are left with nearly 6,000 tons of rice bran. At first glance, it may seem like a waste, but there...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.502: “What Dassai must do”

Kuramoto Diary vol.502: “What Dassai must do”

(I wrote this the day before the Tohoku earthquake on Feb. 13, 2021) Specifically, we invested in equipment. At the end of last year, we added two new sake presses (filter presses). We used to have eight of them, so now we have ten.The reason is that in recent years, there have been times when we have had to extend the fermenting time for a certain tank of sake because there was still another sake inside the presses.As a result, we could not press the sake at the right timing, and it would end up be either too young or...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.501 - No end in sight to the coronavirus

Kuramoto Diary vol.501 - No end in sight to the coronavirus

The number of infected people in other countries and regions has been kept under control by their democratic governments, however the number of infected people in Japan is clearly much higher than its closest neighbors, twice as much as South Korea when comparing the population. As a Japanese, I am a bit shocked to see us revealing such weaknesses.Many say the Prime Minister is to blame, or that the Liberal Democratic Party is to blame, or that the Ministry of Health and Welfare hasn’t managed the situation well enough, or that politicians and media are to blame for stirring up...

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