Authentic Kokushu

An In-depth Guide to Japanese Alcohol

Donny Kimball
12 min readMar 14, 2022

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A sugidama hangs outside of a nihonshu (“sake”) brewery somewhere in the Japan’s countryside

Hail and well met travelers! Rather than take you on yet another adventure to some rural region, I’ll instead be looking to detail in this piece everything that you need to know to thoroughly enjoy Japanese alcohol. While I do realize that some of you grizzled veterans out there are well aware of Japan’s diverse array of boozy beverages, less seasoned explorers…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/