Nagai Sake Brewery in Gunma Prefecture, which exports sake to 40 countries and regions worldwide, will release a new product “Mitsubasho Artist Series Kataoka Tsurutaro” from the 10th of September 2020 with the running concept of environmental conservation in Ozegahara (Oze) in the Gunma Prefecture. As an original sake made for environmental conservation in Oze, 5% of the sales will be donated to the “Oze Mizubasho Project”.
The Label designed by Tsurutaro Kataoka
The symbol of the “Mizubasho Artist Series” is of the white skunk cabbage (mizu basho/Lysichiton camtschatcensis), of which the Oze marshland is famous for. Tsurutaro Kataoka, an actor and artist better known as Yogi, created the label. The label is a simple but delicate oil finger painting, perfect for the image of the sake and area it represents.
Oze’s White Skunk Cabbage
The White Skunk Cabbage is the symbol of Oze, but as of late cultivation rate has been decreasing due to vermin and climate change. Nagai Sake Brewery has been working with Oze High School and Tokyo Power Technology to protect the mark of their marshland. 5% of the sales from “Mizubasho Artist Series” will be donated to this initiative.
Mizubasho Artist Series – Sweet and easy to drink –
Sparkling Sake：A floral sparkling drink reminiscent of the pretty white petals of the white skunk cabbage. This drink boasts a silky foam, soft texture and rich flavors of white peach and apple.
Still Sake (Drinking Liquor)：This liquor contains a sweet lychee taste and faint grapefruit. It’s a smooth and light tasting drink.
Dessert Sake： This liquor contains an elegant, sweet finish of passionfruit and apricot. It goes well with sweets, fruits and cheese, it’s also perfect on its own.
Even if you purchase all three types as a set, it easily comes to ¥3,500 (tax excluded) making it the perfect gift. Vegan options are also available to cater to all needs. With female influencers who are active in various fields such as “fashion”, “beauty” and “workout” themes, this liquor is great as people in these fields can quite easily incorporate sake into their lives. The Mizubasho Artist Series events will be filmed and broadcasted both domestically and internationally with videos being uploaded to Youtube once or twice a month – complete with English subtitles. Exports to France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand have also been decided in cooperation with Gunma JETRO and others.
Enjoy the “Mizubasho Artist Series” in the full knowledge that your contribution will also help protect the beautiful white skunk cabbage in the Oze Marshlands. With its easy and delicious taste, it’s sure to become your new favorite.