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Sushi Dokoro Hikari Introduces Sake That Broke Japanese Tradition – By a Woman in a Man’s World!

October 17, 2013 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Hong Kong sake fans can now savour the only version of Japan’s national liquor produced by a woman ‘touji’ sake master now homely neighbourhood sushi hideaway Sushi Dokoro Hikari has introduced sake from the historic Shusen-kurano brewery to its menuat 4 Lau Li Street, Tin Hau.
Shusen-kurano has a noble history as one of Japan’s oldest breweries, founded in Kawanakajima, Nagano in 1540. According to legend, it was patronised by samurai generals during Japan’s civil war in the 16th century.

Picture2Today it remains a small but revered boutique brewery with limited production of 50,000 bottles a year.

But Shusen-kurano is equally famous for Japan’s first and only female sake master in an industry where breweries are traditionally out of bounds to women.

Chino Mariko’s broke the male tradition to become a ‘touji’ not only on merit of her extensive training and research credentials in the science of sake-making, at both Tokyo University of Agriculture and the brewery laboratory of Japan’s National Tax Agency.

Being a daughter of the brewery owner also obviously helped her convention-defying ascent into the strictly man’s world.

Her lifelong aspiration against sexist odds has paid-off, however. Chino Mariko has collected countless awards for her sake, which is still produced by traditional methods from the mineral-rich spring waters of Kawanakajima.

Picture1As she puts it: “I am like a school teacher, and sake is my student. All sake is different, so my role is to bring out the individual essence of each one, and correct what needs to be corrected. All sake is happy if brewed in the way that suits it best.”

At Sushi Dokoro Hikari, chef Andy Li recommends enjoying Shusen-kurano sake to balance seafood rich in the fragrance of oil – from rosy seabass, kinki & toro to shellfish like surf clams, geoduck and conch – all flown-in fresh daily from Japan.

Sushi Dokoro Hikari 
is renowned among Japanese cuisine aficionados for his artistic presentation of impeccably fresh, wild seafood and ingredients chosen at the peak of their season. His omakase (“chef’s choice”) menus are also served daily.

With a rare advantage of roadside parking inLau Li St, Tin HauSushi Dokoro Hikari is simply styled inwood and iron in a cosy atmosphere with both counter and table seating for just 25.

Address: G/F, No.4 Lau Li St, Tin Hau, Hong Kong
Reservation / Enquiry: +852 2566 3801
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, noon-3pm / 6pm-11pm; Sunday and Public Holidays, noon-3.30pm / 6pm-10.30pm

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