NHK News Program “Today’s Close-up”

NHK News Progra...
NHK News Program “Today’s Close-up”

By Kosuke Kuji

Japanese sake is a central product in “Cool Japan Strategy” implemented by the Japanese government and increasingly featured recently by many media outlets both domestically and abroad.
One such program is a very popular TV program on NHK, “Today’s Close-up” (https://www.nhk.or.jp/gendai/).
NHK “Close-up Today” is a news program that features social problems to the latest trends garnering much attention. This program delves deep into one theme at a time to report on the latest “today” on many themes domestically and abroad to date.
“Today’s Close-up” covered Japanese sake in November 2019.
I was interviewed in this program along with sake brewers expanding from Japan into the world market, American nationals producing sake in New York, and Japanese nationals producing sake in France, introducing the latest “today” surrounding Japanese sake from various angles.
Through meticulous interviews, many conducted overseas, this program features how Japanese sake is popularized worldwide, along with commentary on the future outlook for Japanese sake.
Studio guests included the chairman of the Japan Sommelier Association, very knowledgeable about Japanese sake; Shinya Tasaki, who started the “Sake Diploma” certification for Japanese sake with the Japan Sommelier Association; and various messages about Japanese sake.
Among these guests, the chief executive officer of “Dom Pérignon” took on the challenge to produce Japanese sake in Toyama City showed how Japanese sake is becoming more familiarized worldwide.



#JapaneseSake #CoolJapanStrategy #NHK


Establishment of Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

Establishment of Restaurant Em... Establishment of Restaurant Em... Establishment of Restaurant Em...
The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation set up the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund to help restaurant industry employees experiencing hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (“Fund”) was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this Fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. Grants will be awarded as soon as possible to those individuals who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria, as reviewed and verified by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). This Fund is operated by the NRAEF, whose mission is to attract, empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workers.

Your Eligibility
Funds will be available for restaurant and foodservice employees who can demonstrate that they:
・Worked on a part- or full-time basis in the restaurant industry for at least 90 days in the past year ; and
・Have had a primary source of income in the restaurant industry for the last year; and
・Have experienced a decrease in needed wages or loss of job on or after March 10, 2020 the result in a lack of resources to pay for essential expenses ; and
・Live in the United States, an overseas U.S. military base, or any U.S. territory*; and
・Are over the age of legal majority in their in their U.S. state or territory; and
・Meet other requirements demonstrating financial need as determined by the NRAEF.

Your Need For Funds
One-time grants are for short-term COVID-19 related hardships in paying any of the following expenses only:
・Home rent or mortgage ・Car payments or transportation costs ・ Utility bills
・Student loan payments  ・Child care ・Groceries  ・ Medical bills

For inquiries about the fund, please visit at www.rerf.us

* Depending upon the terms of certain contributions to the Fund, certain amounts may only be available for distribution in limited geographic areas. Individuals related to employees or board members of the National Restaurant Association or National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ARE NOT eligible for grants. All grants are made at the discretion of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.


全米レストラン協会教育財団(National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation(NRAEF))は、レストラン従業員救済基金を設立した。この救済基金は、新型コロナウイルスの発生を契機に財政的に影響を受けたレストラン業界の従業員を支援するために設立され、 この基金を通じて新型コロナウイルスの影響を受けたレストラン業界の従業員に対し、賃金の低下や失業などで失われた賃金の補てんの為に助成金が給付されるというもの。この基金は全米レストラン協会教育財団が運営しており、この財団の使命は、レストランやフードサービス業界で働く人達の側に立ち支援することを目的としている。


・家賃または住宅ローンの支払い  ・自動車ローンの支払いまたは交通費
・公共料金の支払い  ・学生ローンの支払い  ・育児に関わる費用
・食料品購入   ・医療費支払い

尚、基金への申し込み、問い合わせは、www.rerf.us まで。


#RestaurantEmployeeReliefFund #NationalRestaurantAssociationEducationalFoundation #coronavirusdisease #COVID19


Judging Compatibility of Japanese Sake with Food

Where you can most likely predict the taste of wines from grape variety, vintage or production area, there is no standard to evaluate the taste of Japanese Sake.
There is an identification of Daiginjo, Ginjo, Junmai etc based on production method, but this is only the production method and doesn't indicate the compatibility with taste or dish. Also, if you look at the ingredients of rice or water, you can slightly distinguish the taste or aroma, but the taste will change depending on how you make it.
Regarding the compatibility with food, there is absolutely no way of seeing it from the label indication that is legally required as of today.
I would like to show you something from the label that may give you a hint even though it might be a slight amount.

Junmai: many can be enjoyed chilled or hot and goes well with a slight rich tasting dish or grilled item

Ginjo: most served chilled, has characteristic of splendid aroma and goes well with dishes that are topped with citrus items like yuzu or lemon ; for example, yakitori with lemon or ponzu with hamachi (young yellowtail) with ponzu etc.

Daiginjo: has considerable body and goes well with teriyaki or eel sauces or nikomi (hotpot with vegetables and/or meats/fishes). light body Daiginjyo goes well with dishes that use citrus items like Ginjo.

California made sakes: since it has slight acidity and body, it goes well with Mexican food.

Kimoto or Yamahai class sakes: goes extremely well with beef or pork dishes

















니혼슈(일본술)와 궁합이 좋은 요리 판단

와인은 포도의 품종, 빈티지, 산지에 따라 대략적인 맛을 예측할 수 있지만, 일본주에는 맛을 평가하는 기준이 없습니다.
다이긴죠, 긴죠, 준마이 등 제조 방식에 따라 구별이 가능하지만, 이는 어디까지나 만드는 방식일 뿐 맛과 요리와의 궁합을 나타내는 것은 아닙니다. 또한, 원료인 쌀과 물 역시 약간의 맛과 향을 판단하는 기준이 되기는 하지만, 이 역시 어떤 제조 방식을 사용하는가에 따라 맛이 달라집니다. 현재 의무화된 라벨 표시로는 음식과의 궁합을 전혀 알 수 없습니다.

준마이슈(純米酒): 5~10℃(히야, 冷)에서 30~40℃(누루칸, 燗) 정도의 온도로 마시는 경우가 많고, 다소 맛이 강한 요리나 구이와 잘 어울립니다.

긴죠슈(吟醸酒): 주로 차갑게 마시고, 화사한 향이 특징입니다. 감귤류, 유자, 레몬을 뿌리는 요리와 궁합이 좋습니다. 닭꼬치구이에 레몬, 방어회와 폰즈 소스 등과도 잘 어울립니다.

다이긴죠슈(大吟醸酒): 바디감이 묵직한 다이긴죠슈는 데리야키나 장어 소스, 조림 등과 궁합이 좋습니다. 바디감이 가벼운 다이긴죠슈는 긴죠슈와 마찬가지로 감귤류 요리와 잘 어울립니다.

캘리포니아산: 약간의 산미와 바디감이 있어 멕시코 요리와도 잘 어울립니다.

기모토(生酛)와 야마하이(山廃) 계열: 소고기나 돼지고기 요리와 찰떡궁합입니다.

#Compatibility #JapaneseSake #Food


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