This week, we’re exploring the history of Japan’s most famous drink: sake, or Japanese rice wine (though it turns out, ‘sake’ in Japanese doesn’t necessarily refer to what we think of, nor is it actually a ‘rice wine’ in the technical sense). We’re covering everything from tax laws to how to make your own sake using nothing but your own spit, so buckle up! It’s gonna be a fun one.
Bunting, Chris and Stephen Lyman. The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks. Tuttle Publishing, 2019.
Hori, Keisuke, et al. “Which do you prefer, artisanal or laboratory-made? Quantification in traditional Japanese sake brewing.” Hitotsubashi Journal of Commerce and Management 51, No 1 (October, 2017).
Francks, Penelope. “Inconspicuous Consumption: Sake, Beer, and the Birth of the Consumer in Japan.” The Journal of Asian Studies 68, No 1 (Feb, 2009).
Droppers, Garrett. “Taxation in Japan.” The Quarterly Journal of Economics 6, No 4 (July, 1892).
A fascinating Japan Times article on the decline of the youth sake market in Japan by Sarah Crago.