AKIHIRO NISHINO ART EXHIBITION On May 28th at +
ROSE SOIREE at Southampton Arts Center May 27, +
June 2 http://www.challengethrowdown.com At THE DL, 95 DELANCEY +
Find the place where Japanese culture and history intersect with western sensibility and style and you will find Haikara. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, American and European traders and merchants were welcomed in Japan for the first time in hundreds of years. The western influence in Japan brought new trends in style, fashion, and culture and a term to describe this blending of culture was created, ‘Haikara’. The Japanese term ‘Haikara’ literally translates to “High Collar” in English, a reference to the collared shirts worn by westerners, but it means “Fashionably Western”. This sake embodies the spirit of Japan and the West coming together. Haikara combines the proud history of Umenoyado, where sake has been made since 1893 with a twist of innovative spirit that reflects the modern palate. Haikara brings together extraordinary Asian fruit juices with exceptional traditional Japanese sake: a beautiful intersection, just as the name Haikara suggests.
Unlike its precursors, this masterful sake combined with exotic Japanese fruit juice in every studded bottle is a bit of a rule breaker. Produced in small batches with local ingredients, Haikara will delight your senses.
Sake was considered godlike and as such was often created in shrines and temples. Today sake is produced by “Tojis” (sake masters) but is still considered to be a very special process linked to nature.