Scrapbook: Sake amateurs’ great tool!


Last year, when I started to seriously study the history of sake and sake breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, I came to rue the fact that I had nothing to show for all the sake I drunk all these years! To think that I had even started a label collection to only give it later to a (very good) friend to use as decoration back home!
Oh well, it’s never too late to begin, eh?
So, in late September (I still remember that it was one of those stuffy rainy days) I went to my favourite stationery store and chose scrapbooks big enough to accomodate sake labels (the one on 1.8 l bottles are truly enormous!) and strong enough to carry around.


I’m not the type to write methodically what I experience, but at least I can use such a scrapbook for constant reference as I not only jot down indispensible information, but stick business cards, catalogue cuts, book copies and newspaper articles as they come.
One could easily make it a work of art, and I would encourage anyone to do so!
But the importance of such a compilation lies in the fact that it will be easy to donate before you depart from this world and contribute precious material for future “sake historians”!
And to drive a point home to some incapable people in the Shizuoka Sake Brewers Association!

7 Responses to “Scrapbook: Sake amateurs’ great tool!”

  1. absintheur Says:

    “But the importance of such a compilation lies in the fact that it will be easy to donate before you depart from this world and contribute precious material for future “sake historians”!”

    Good thinking! If only more people thought like this.

  2. dragonlife Says:

    Thank you so much!

  3. etsuko Says:

    I imagine it takes a lot of time and effort to do this, but like you said it is great way to look back or share information. I guess I have to catch up with you about your comment on Brewers Association. By looking at Web sites from brewers associations, it appears some prefecture have great activities, some do not even list their members. So, I was curious.

  4. dragonlife Says:

    Not really as it is a hobby. As for Associations, Shizuoka Brewers are actually concerned as they have all agreed when interviewed, that there is indeed a big need for some solid promotion campaign!
    But I have the feeling that if they find out that some people are out there to support them, some action will be taken!

  5. absintheur Says:

    Maybe consider writing an FAQ? As a sake virgin I feel a little lost. I did have a tipple to usher in the Year of The Golden Pig, but I suspect it was deeply inferior to what our host enjoys. This blog is exciting my taste buds – that is if the wicked Czech absinthe hasn’t destroyed them!!

    A “Beginners Guide” would be a great project – or does such a thing already exist? Even if it does, I think our host’s passion would be an ideal vehicle for such an endeavour!

    Duck needs to be put in the oven…so to the kitchen..

  6. absintheur Says:

    I found John Gauntner’s! Extraordinary.

    PS: I also found a recipe fro Hot Green Asparagus Pudding & Coq Au Vin…so I’m a happy man 🙂

  7. dragonlife Says:

    Cheers, Absintheur!
    I’m glad I’m made you happy!
    John’s sake page is simply the best!

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