Season and Sake- Seasonal Sake・Spring – Summer
Several years ago, sake used to be less favored in summer. However, in recent years, refreshing natsuzake (literally summer sake) and sparkling sake have become big hits and people can enjoy variations of old traditional seasonal sake including sake and ice.
Shobuzake (iris sake). On the Tango-no-sekku (Boy’s Festival), people drink shobuzake (iris sake) and take a shobuyu (iris bath), both of which have iris roots s oaked in the sake/water for detoxification.
Nagoshizake (literally, sake rested over summer). It is a favorite during the rainy season to drive away evil spirits and impurity. Recommended as a Fathers’ Day gift.
Natsuzake. We have lots of unique natsuzake recommended for Tanabata (Star Festival). There are a wide variety of labels for this event.
Amazake was actually consumed in summer. In the hot summer, it helps combat heat-induced fatigue and helps one recover from exhaustion. Sweet sake added with mirin and rice shochu, which is called yanagikage, is also consumed for nutritional support.