Japan now has blue sake that changes colour in cocktails

Seilan is one of the most unique tipples in Japan, making sunsets appear like magic in “Blue Samurai” drinks.

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Japanese train station grows wine grapes on the platform

Wait for your train under the shade of Japan’s only train station platform vineyard.

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This holiday season, kick back with a glass of wine on four coins on the rim of another wine glass

Once you’ve tried wobbly coin wine, you’ll never go back to that horizontal crap.

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Man sues Tokyo wine tasting event for not allowing him to drink while operating a wheelchair

Valid safety concern or unjust discrimination?

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Fans can toast classic anime Utena’s 20th anniversary with $1,785 bottle of wine, rose liqueur

They even come with a special Utena glass to pour your drink into.

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Royce’s special wine-filled chocolate isn’t just luxuriously decadent, it’s preciousss

Hokkaido-based chocolatier Royce‘s limited-edition Valentine’s Day chocolates will have you salivating, and dusting off your Gollum impression.

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Pocky gets elegantly mature with new flavor designed to be paired with red wine

Japan’s favorite chocolate pretzel snack is set to add some sweet sophistication to your next occasion to crack open a bottle of red.

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Burgers and beer! Japan’s most popular domestic burger chain sells beer, wine at select locations

Mos Burger gives us one more reason to love it as we visit the Mos Bar in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood.

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Japanese sake breaks new ground with a variety specially blended to pair well with chocolate

This traditional Japanese rice wine is said to enhance the chocolate-eating experience.

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Wine & Cheese Puccho add a hint of class to your chewy candy【Taste test】

Can this new wine and toasted cheese flavored gummy candy give connoisseurs a pocket-sized taste of the high life?

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Does Japan’s green tea white wine taste like tea, wine, or something else entirely?【Taste Test】

Once we heard about matcha white wine from Kyoto, we knew we had to try it for ourselves.

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Starbucks is giving Japan alcoholic “Frappuccinos”

Tokyo location’s new blended ice beverages have a kick, but not from caffeine.

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Kyoto tea store collaborates with local winemaker to create deliciously green matcha white wine

The green white wine is part of a range of matcha-based alcoholic beverages which include chocolate liqueur, Japanese sake and umeshu plum wine.

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Artist recreates famous Japanese ukiyo-e paintings using fine wines

Prized traditional woodblock prints age even more gracefully when they’re recreated in shades of wine.

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We try coffee with cheese and wine pairings at a stylish new Starbucks cafe in Tokyo

In Tokyo, there’s a very special type of Starbucks that forgoes the usual green-and-white mermaid logo for more subdued, warm-brown hues. They also serve a variety of beers and wine sets paired with cheese or cake.

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People in Japan are obsessed with a French holiday where you celebrate by bathing in a pool of wine

While the French still produce and consume the most wine per capita, Japan is continuing to grow as one of the biggest wine markets in the world — and they’re not afraid to show their passion for the beverage.

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Time to ham it up at this chain of Japanese wine bars with all-you-can-eat prosciutto for 500 yen

Freshness Burger is a well-known fast food burger chain in Japan. A lesser-known fact would be that they’ve gone a little gourmet and also have a chain of cheap tapas-like wine bars called FreBar, which offers arguably even better value than Freshness Burger.

For just 500 yen (US$4) you can have as much cured ham (prosciutto) as you like in an hour courtesy of their current promotion, called nama hamu tabehodai in Japanese. Mr Sato, RocketNews24 Japan writer and food adventurer, couldn’t pass up this offer, but just how many plates could he get through?

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More lifehacks! The easiest way to keep champagne from going flat, tested

There are all kinds of urban legends and so-called old wives’ tales that proclaim the health benefits, or time-saving benefits, borderline magical properties, or terrifying dangers of doing X or Y. We’ve heard them all: Don’t eat within thirty minutes of swimming or you’ll get a cramp and literally die, bundle up when it’s cold outside or you’ll get a cold (by the way, oh my god, people, stop it with this; a cold is a virus, you don’t get it from the weather), an apple a day will keep the doctor away, a watched pot never boils, etc.

It’s almost like these old sayings and legends are the pre-Internet era equivalent of lifehacks! And since we’ve sort of been on a lifehacking streak recently, we decided to give one of these a test for ourselves: Specifically, the rumor that sticking a spoon into the neck of a champagne bottle will keep it from going flat.

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Daiso wine, the super cheap vino from Japan’s largest chain of 100-yen stores 【Taste test】

If you’ve had the pleasure of shopping at Daiso, you know Japan’s biggest chain of 100-yen stores sells just about everything. An array of kitchenware, school and office supplies, and even basic articles of clothing such as underwear, neckties, and belts can all be yours for just 100 yen (US$0.84) each.

Daiso even sells food and beverages, with seasonings, snacks, and soft drinks lining the shelves. This is common knowledge among thrifty shoppers looking for a cheap place to stock up on snacks, but if you’re searching for something stiffer than a bottle of tea or cola, a trip to the convenience or liquor store is still in order, right?

Not necessarily, as we recently discovered that some Daiso branches now sell wine. As big of a surprise as that was, we were in for an even bigger one once we poured ourselves a glass, because it’s actually pretty good.

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Sink or drink? Japan celebrates arrival of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau with special wine-bath

Japan is becoming known worldwide for its natural hot springs and public bath houses. Lately, bathers have more and more soaking options with specialty baths popping up all over. We’ve seen snow-covered baths, tea baths, sake baths and herbal baths.

Every November however, a bathhouse near Tokyo has a unique 10-day wine bath to celebrate the release of France’s Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

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