Venerable old brewery’s challenge

Posted on Mar 15, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Yoshikubo Brewery was founded in 1790. Two hundred and twenty years ago. This is the year when the first State of the Union Address is given by first president, George Washington. The company’s long existence is impressive. Today in Japan there are about 1500 brewers or could be less. Hundred years ago, the number of the brewers were sixteen times more. Sadly dramatically decreased number today continues to decrease. Noriyuki Yoshikubo, younger brother of the twelfth...

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Tokugawa Shogun Coffee!

Posted on Mar 13, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Mr. Yoshio Suzuki of Saza Coffee Company introduced us at the event his unique coffee. The following note is from his company’s brochure. “The 15th and last Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, is known to be the first Japanese to taste coffee. In 1867 he entertained the Western delegates at the Osaka castle with French banquet. It is said that the ingredients, including the coffee, used for the banquet all came from Marseille, France....

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Exceptional Miso

Posted on Mar 11, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

After exceptional shoyu, I want to introduce you to an exceptional miso which was introduced us on March 6th event. Thank you, Uchiyama san, for donating your delicious miso for the demonstration. Everyone loved the rich flavor of the miso in the miso ramen. Here is the photo from the event. Mr. Uchiyama is standing on the right side of me; he is twice taller than I am. Uchiyama Miso company was founded in 1872 ( The present 6th generation president...

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Flavorful Chashu Pork and Shoyu Ramen

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

For my ramen demonstration and tasting offering at March 6th event Kurosawa Shoyu (another visiting food manufacturer from Ibaraki Prefecture and founded in 1905) donated me one of his company’s exclusive shoyu (soy sauce), Niemon Shoyu. Niemon Shoyu is produced using Saishikomi method. Ordinary shoyu is made with toasted wheat, steamed soybeans and salt water. In the Saishikomi method salt water is replaced with high quality produced shoyu, therefore the resulting...

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Every attendees enjoyed Nipponia!

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 in Hiroko's Blog

Kiuchi Brewery ( was one of the featured companies at International Culinary Center’s Japanese Food Producers from Ibaraki Prefecture and Ramen Event yesterday. Kiuchi Brewery? This is the brewery which produces in Japan one of the best selling beers for the US market – Hitachino Nest Beer. The logo is a little, cute owl which stands out among competitors at bars and food stores. The old sake brewery,...

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