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February 24, 2011 | By Sonoko Sakai, Special to the Los Angeles Times
? At the Obata Brewery on Sado Island, the creamy mash in the large vats is in various stages of fermentation. One batch looks like a giant puffy bud that is about to bloom. Others are more fluid, but occasionally a lava-like bubble pops on the surface, giving off fragrant notes of melon, strawberry and even banana. These vats contain moromi , the fermenting mash of rice, water, yeast and koji mold that will eventually turn into sake. Although ordinary sake is in most cases mass-produced in automated plants where machines take the place of humans, premium sake, tokutei meishoshu , is another story.
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August 18, 2011 | Linda Burum
Scoring a table at 9 p.m. on a Friday at Wakasan is a little like winning the lottery's Hot Spot. The crowded Westwood pub, whose rustic furnishings give it the nostalgic feel of a family-run countryside tavern, is a haven for Japanese expats who love to while away the evening drinking with friends and nibbling on chef Hiro Wakasan's multicourse omakase. And those bottles on the table? Most aren't sake. "The drink of choice for about 80% of our Japanese customers is honkaku shochu," says owner Wakasan, referring to specialty and regional shochu, sought after for their subtly-layered flavors.
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August 17, 1990 | JON MATSUMOTO
Who would even think of blending traditional Japanese taiko drumming with gospel music, let alone stage a concert with the two musical styles? As it turns out, one of Japan's most renowned taiko drum ensembles, Kodo, will stage just such a decidedly non-traditional concert this weekend on rustic Sado Island in the Sea of Japan.
FOOD
February 24, 2011 | By Sonoko Sakai, Special to the Los Angeles Times
? At the Obata Brewery on Sado Island, the creamy mash in the large vats is in various stages of fermentation. One batch looks like a giant puffy bud that is about to bloom. Others are more fluid, but occasionally a lava-like bubble pops on the surface, giving off fragrant notes of melon, strawberry and even banana. These vats contain moromi , the fermenting mash of rice, water, yeast and koji mold that will eventually turn into sake. Although ordinary sake is in most cases mass-produced in automated plants where machines take the place of humans, premium sake, tokutei meishoshu , is another story.
FOOD
August 18, 2011 | Linda Burum
Scoring a table at 9 p.m. on a Friday at Wakasan is a little like winning the lottery's Hot Spot. The crowded Westwood pub, whose rustic furnishings give it the nostalgic feel of a family-run countryside tavern, is a haven for Japanese expats who love to while away the evening drinking with friends and nibbling on chef Hiro Wakasan's multicourse omakase. And those bottles on the table? Most aren't sake. "The drink of choice for about 80% of our Japanese customers is honkaku shochu," says owner Wakasan, referring to specialty and regional shochu, sought after for their subtly-layered flavors.
NEWS
January 24, 1999
VIDEO Who killed Kurt Cobain? For some, the mystery remains. The controversial "Kurt & Courtney" film is out on video this week. FAMILY The L.A. Connection Comedy Theatre in Sherman Oaks hosts "Comedy Improv for Kids" with kid performers every Sunday. (818) 784-1868. COMEDY Kevin Nealon, Moon Unit Zappa and Dana Gould stop by Beth Lapides' Uncabaret tonight at LunaPark, West Hollywood, (310) 652-0611.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1994 | JON MATSUMOTO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lecei Wright flashes an exaggerated expression of puzzled disbelief as she demonstrates how some people react when they discover that the gospel singer will be performing with Kodo, the celebrated Japanese taiko drum ensemble. "Everybody is like, 'What?' " says Wright, who will share the stage with Kodo during the second half of each of the group's Wiltern Theatre performances Saturday through Wednesday. "The combination seems really far out to a lot of people. But it works.
HOME & GARDEN
January 10, 2008
I enjoyed reading "Rescuing the Minka" [Dec. 27] about the preservation of old traditional farmhouses in Japan. In the early 1960s, while working in Japan, I met and married my late husband of 43 years. I travel to Japan often and love visiting his family in the village of Odochiyama, Niigata prefecture, near the beautiful Myoko mountains. I especially enjoy visiting the ancient farms still owned by his cousins.
NEWS
January 17, 1988 | JANET SNYDER, Reuters
A decade ago, the demon drummers of Sado Island in the Japan Sea whipped their bodies into shape by training for the Boston Marathon with pre-dawn runs along the island's snowbound roads. They no longer compete in the streets of Massachusetts. But to keep fit the 23 members of the Kodo drummers' commune still begin each day at 5:30 a.m. with a bracing 6-mile run. It kicks off a 12-hour daily regimen of physical training and musical practice, which is the Kodo way of life.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1999
Bet they don't let you eat popcorn at the Van Gogh exhibition. Enjoy art and a movie at "Projections: Intermission Images," an exhibition of artworks in slide format created especially for the screen, opening tonight at Laemmle Theatres downtown. Using the screen as a canvas, artists David Antin, Anne Bray, Annetta Kapon, Laura London, Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Armando Rascon, Joseph Santarromana, Erika Suderberg, Tran T.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1990 | JON MATSUMOTO
Who would even think of blending traditional Japanese taiko drumming with gospel music, let alone stage a concert with the two musical styles? As it turns out, one of Japan's most renowned taiko drum ensembles, Kodo, will stage just such a decidedly non-traditional concert this weekend on rustic Sado Island in the Sea of Japan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1998 | JENNIFER KNIGHT
Calling Joe Cribben an overachiever is an understatement. The 42-year-old Simi Valley father of two works as a typesetter by day and swim coach at night. But those are just his jobs. His passion is pushing his body to the limit. On Sept. 5, Cribben will have a chance to test that limit when he travels to Sado Island, Japan, to represent the United States in this year's ITU Triathlon Long Distance World Championship.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1993 | LAURENCE VITTES
The Japanese percussion ensemble called Kodo brought its "One Earth Tour '93" to Bridges Auditorium in Claremont and astonished a large crowd with more than 90 minutes of mainly nonstop pounding. After making a festive entrance onto the stage through the hall itself, the company opened its performance with joyous sounds of drums, cymbals and exuberant shouts.
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