Feb 10, 2009

Wind Brings Money to Sake Brewers?

On our way home from a sightseeing trip to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, last weekend, my friend and I had to wait for our Shinkansen bullet train to leave Sendai Station for a while due to strong wind, which greatly affected the service schedules of trains.

The announcement at the station around four o'clock told that local trains and Shinkansen bullet trains was stalled because of strong wind. The entrance gate of Shinkansen was crowded with passengers seeking information from Japan Railway officials.

Soon, the service was resumed, and the 4:58 Max Yamabiko train for Tokyo came into the track on time. It seemed we could leave soon. We got on the train, got seated, and waited for it to leave. Then, another announcement told that wind again intensified, the train would stay at the station for an another 30 minutes, and then they would determine whether to leave.

We wasted no time to go to the nearby kiosk on the platform to get food and drink just in case that we needed to spend a long time in the train. By the way, as to sake and snack to eat with sake, there is no problem because we always have something when we go by train.

In the train, a guy was talking over the phone worrying about what time he could reach Tokyo. There was also a woman who almost lost her tempter against another woman who seemed to be her mother. There were somehow awkward moods around us. However, we did not mind the delay of the train because we could drink sake at leisure in the train. We might have to be thankful for the delay because we were able to spend a longer time for drinking more sake.

(With eating oxtongue jerked meat, we enjoyed Ichi-no-kura Shiboritake.)

Finally, we reached Tokyo about two hours behind the schedule, but we could drink sake.

There is a Japanese saying that strong wind brings money to coopers, while I would say, "Strong wind brings money to sake brewers," because we drink a lot of sake in a stopped train:-)

(Oxtangue lunch box was very nice.)

Today's Sake
Tokubetsu Junmai Yamatoden (Ichi-no-kura)
Thanks for tasty sake also today!
Rice used: Kura no Hana
Seimaibuai: 50%
Alcohol: 15 - 16%
Sake meter value: (+)1 - (+)3
Acidity: 1.4 - 1.6

1 comment:

Tony Alexander said...

Greetings Mr. Ichibay,

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