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Chika

Konnichiwa! My name is Chika! (In the picture I am the right one just to be clear, the left is my grandmother!) I am from Iwate, Japan. (And YES, Iwate is where Nanbu Tojis are, and they brew elegant, fine, rich and semi-sweet sake that win many awards and are loved by all over the world.) When I lived in Tokyo, people asked me where I am from and they always said "oh you are from Iwate, that means you must be a drinker!" When I was growing up, Iwate sake was everywhere in any occasions; wedding, farewell party, and funeral etc.. You drink sake with company and share the moment and happiness/sadness together. Sake is something that unites friends and family tighter: that's what they taught me and that's what I still believe.

 

My hobbies are cooking, checking out bars/restaurants, traveling, playing the piano and ukulele. I am a big fan of sports; I used to be a ski instructor, and I like to play tennis and disc golf, watch football/basketball games. Before True Sake, I worked at a travel agency and restaurants (mostly fine dining, including Japanese, French, and Chinese.)

Here are my favorite sake we carry (updated 2/26/21):

Nanbu Bijin Shinpaku Junmai Daiginjo "Southern Beauty" - From Iwate, my home! Local people from Iwate call this sake "affordable fine sake." Very elegant, flavorful, yet clean.

Kamikokoro Toukagen "Heart of God" - From Okayama. When it comes to food and sake, I'm all about seasonal things! Juicy fruity beginning, with a cucumber finish! 

Dewazakura Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo "Abbey Road" - From Yamagata, gorgeously fruity, but not sweet. Perfect for a gift!

Tedorigawa Arabashiri Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom" - From Ishikawa, excellent well-structured, crisp bottle!

Huchuhomare Taiheikai Tokubetsu Junmai “Pacific Ocean” - From Ibaraki, great bright sake!

Please stop by anytime to talk about anything, like your favorite restaurants and your plan for a trip to Japan etc. I share my stories with sake and food on @chika_loves_food!

Cheers!

  • Nanbu Bijin Shinpaku Junmai Daiginjo "Southern Beauty"
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    Nanbu Bijin Shinpaku Junmai Daiginjo "Southern Beauty"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $40.00

    The nose on this very affordable premium sake is a collection of strawberry, floral, peach, pear and apricot aromas. This is an extremely drinkable...

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  • Kamikokoro Toukagen "Heart of God"
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    Kamikokoro Toukagen "Heart of God"

    Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu
    $39.00

    The nose on this unpasteurized spring released Nama is a gentle collection of plum, peach, mineral, powder sugar, honey, and white chocolate aromas...

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  • Dewazakura Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo "Abbey Road"

    Dewazakura Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo "Abbey Road"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $60.00

    The nose on this wonderfully drinking Junmai Daiginjo is a talented collection of strawberry, cherry, and floral aromas. Talk about a sake that dri...

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  • Tedorigawa Arabashiri Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom"
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    Tedorigawa Arabashiri Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom"

    Daiginjo Nama
    $43.00

    The nose on this "arabashiri" or "Not pressed" sake is a tantalizing collection of floral, lemon, green apple and lemon custard tones. Talk about a...

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  • Huchuhomare Taiheikai Tokubetsu Junmai “Pacific Ocean”

    Huchuhomare Taiheikai Tokubetsu Junmai “Pacific Ocean”

    Tokubetsu Junmai
    $37.00

    The front label on this sake is a traditional back of the bottle label with all of the pertinent info you’ll ever need. The nose on this brew is a ...

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