Do you know a milky drink called the "amazake" which is often seen during the festival or the New Year's first visit to the temples and shrines?
Although the word is written with "sake", it's not alcoholic beverages, this is a kind of soft drink even the minors can drink.
Now let me introduce the reality of the amazake which is popular with ladies recently!
As early as more than 1,000 years ago, the amazake was already a kind of traditional fermented drink in Japan.
There are two kinds of amazake.
① Amazake made from the "rice koji" which steamed rice and sprinkled "Aspergillus" on rice
② Amazake made from the "sake lees" which added "yeast fungus" to "rice koji"
"Sake lees" is the solid material that arising from making sake(Japanese wine)!
Amazake looks milky and thickly and has a soft and sweet taste, that is a bit of unique taste of wine. It can be contained in cans, cartons, freeze-dry, etc., and you can purchase it in any season. Recently, there has been a suite of yogurt or pudding made from amazake.
In the New Year, there are many temples and shrines to serve or sell the amazake to the visiting guests. The legend tells us that the rice farmers want to give thanks for the harvest, so they supply the amazake as offerings. Thus, drinking warm amazake on a cold day is a refreshing way to live.
Not only is it delicious, but also can benefit to your health and beauty!
※As a baby food, you can only choose the amazake made from the "rice koji" as the raw material.
Actually, I drank it! I've been to a shop called "Amanoya" in Tokyo·Kanda.
In the winter, the taste will be more "warm" to put ginger in the amazake, and in summer, what I want to say are just"cool" and "yummy"♪
Just this winter, come on !
※Although minors can also drink, yet the amazake made from sake lees still has a very small amount of alcohol, so if you're not good at drinking or drinking lots of amazake, you may get drunk, please be careful.
Amanoya (Amano shop)
2-18-15, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
JR Ochanomizu station, St. Hashiguchi,
5 minutes on foot