Toyo Bijin, Ippo, A step forward, Yamada Nishiki

  • Modern Medium
  • Germany
  • Muller-Thurgau



Product Name Toyo Bijin, Ippo, A step forward, Yamada Nishiki
Location 611, Nakaogawa, Hagi-shi, Yamaguchi prefecture
Head Brewer Takafumi Sumikawa
Rice Brand Yamada Nishiki
Percentage of Rice Milling 50%
Alcohol Content 16%
Mother Water Spring water of Tsukiyama



light fresh fruity soft
sharp dry sweet rich

Award history

2nd place at the 2018 SAKE COMPETITION

About Brewer

Aspiring to “reflect the clear water that permeates the rice stalks”, Chief Operator and Head Brewer Takafumi Sumikawa brings a high pedigree, after undertaking training at the much-lauded Takagi brewery – renowned for its Juuyon-dai brand – and being named top brewer of his generation. Toyo Bijin has charmed and fascinated fans both within Japan and across the globe, attracting still more attention through the practice of cultivating specific varieties of sake rice under contract with local farms – notably Yamada Nishiki, Sakemirai, Aiyama, Omachi, and Kameji. In a cruel twist of fate, torrential rainfall in July of 2013 resulted in the brewery suffering catastrophic damage, after being engulfed in a landslide consisting of a two-meter-high wall of gravel. Garnering support from the length and breadth of Japan allowed them to carry out a miraculous recovery operation, but the road back to full production has been a slow one. Nevertheless, they continue to pursue a passion for brewing captivating sake.

About Product

While the initial clean-up and rebuilding process was still underway, Head Brewer Sumikawa was already undertaking the first steps back from the brink, courting the so-called ‘king of sake rice’ in the form of the Yamada Nishiki variant. Without declaring it on the label, this is daiginjio-grade in the junmai style, having undergone a grain polish of 50%, no filtration, and a single pasteurization.
In accordance with the brewery ethos, the look is virtually indistinguishable from the pure water that imbued the original rice stalks, presenting a white-grape aroma, supple, almost fluffy mouthfeel, and gentle but lengthy finish, lingering on the palate.

Suitable Dish

Carpaccio of white fish or Sashimi, Tempura of seasoned vegetables, Crustacean and vegetables with consomme jelly etc.

Recommended Temperature Range

Around 10℃

Recommended Vessel

Big wine glass