NEW YEAROn the New Year many Japanese people drink a special sake called toso (A sake made by combining several medicinal herbs). Toso is a sort of iwai-zake (celebration sake) made by soaking tososan, a Chinese powdered medicine, overnight in sake. Even children sip a portion.
This tradition was adopted from China by Japanese aristocrats during the Heian era (794-1185 AD) . Three sizes of cup, called sakazuki (see picture), are used starting with the smallest, and passed round with each family member or guest taking a sip. The head of the household usually takes the first drink. The first cup drunk would be made with tososan, and the second and third cups with different varieties of sake. Photo: 日本語: 屠蘇器 / Midorisyu
How to serveSake can be served in many various ways to best suit the season and your taste.
Sake Test Filmwith Mats Bruzaeus and Mitsuo Otsuka at Izakaya MITSUO in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Our sommelierChief Sommelier Mats Bruzaeus had the pleasure of studying Sake over the years in Japan.