Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Hagoromo no Mai-Junmai Ginjo

Sanwa Brewery is located in Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku.
The name of this long seller sake, “Hagoromo no Mai” is directly related with a famous legend taking place in Miho, Shimizu Ku.
A goddess has to dance (“Mai/舞”) for a local fisherman to reclaim her veil (“hagoromo/羽衣) she had carelessly hung on a branch.

The other day I discovered a nice range of Shizuoka sake sold in 180ml bottles along with some better than usual explanations and decided to start the whole line-up!

Their cards actually gave more information than indicated on their bottle labels!

Rice: Blended rice
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +5
Bottled in April 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Dry. Alcohol. Cherries, greens
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack backed by alcohol and junmai petillant.
Complex. Cherries, traces of coffee beans and almonds.
Disappears on an even drier note with nuts and oranges peeking out.
Takes a softer turn with food with more coffee beans, almonds and cashew nuts.
Greens making a comeback away from food.
Pleasant and easy to drink, especially with food.

Overall: A sake obviously designed to accompany food.
Definitely for dry sake lovers!
Stays very dry with food.
Ideal to accompany heavy foods and sauces as in izakayas.


Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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2 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Hagoromo no Mai-Junmai Ginjo”

  1. Johan L Says:


    I am a food and lifestyle photojournalist from Singapore and my friend and I’ve followed your blogs for a while now, and it has interested me so much that my friend and I are visiting Shizuoka on the 3/9 to 5/9. We are both great lovers of Sake, in fact we’re on a road trip across Japan to taste Sake, and we wish to visit a couple of Sake-Kura whilst we are there.

    We wonder if you could give some pointers on which ones to visit if we’ve such a limited time. Perhaps, if you could help connect us, I’ll appreciate it greatly. If you are free to come along, or maybe meet up for a drink or a meal, it’d be my honor to meet a fellow food and wine lover.

    Just email me or drop me a line and we can share more details!


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