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This is really the name of this sake, and it's literally a water I desire. This was taken at Kamon, a teppanyaki restaurant at the top floor of Tokyo Imperial Hotel, where I first tasted this sake. And soon after, Chef Roy of Ryo Sushi gave me a bottle as well to bring home. It's nothing like any other Junmai Ginjo, as this sake felt a little gassy even though it's clearly not carbonated. It's citrusy but buttery, and came with a flashy aroma.
Thankful to Sake Sommelier Honorary Matsumoto-san for first introducing this to me at Imperial Hotel, which is an icon of Tokyo, being the luxury hotel that has hosted dignitaries for over a century.


Portion for two pax pictured). Deluxe, full course presentations are from ¥5,800 for a four course luncheon, while lavish multi-course luncheons or dinners are at ¥28,000, centered around a 120 gram Japanese sirloin steak or an 80 gram Japanese filet steak. This is the more lavish option, and came with this as an appetizer to begin the meal.
This appetizer is a lovely marriage of Japanese cuisine with Western culture. You have a Japanese core of tuna and crab sashimi, but this also contains Western elements such as caviar and a sous vide quail egg yolk encased in a green shell.
And this Japanese-Western integration is a common theme running through the entire hotel. This could be traced back when Imperial Hotel were first established in 1890 at the direction of the imperial palace. Foreign visitors arriving in the alien capital of Japan were received at the newly opened hotel with what was surely a reassuring array of familiar western facilities and services; yet to their wonder and delight, it was a reception extended and expressed in the classical format of traditional Japanese hospitality. From its very first days, and as a matter of national prestige, The Imperial set the stage for the introduction into Japan of the latest in foreign technologies, culture and traditions of hospitality.

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