The second theme: ‘Nihonshu.’ Bob and his good friend and drinking veteran, Tetsu-san explore the world of Nihonshu (or Japanese sake) in Osaka. This time we take a step away from the Osaka city area to a quiet neighboring city in the prefecture called Takatsuki, which also has local brewery… How many drinks can Bob take before he falls over?
How to drink Nihonshu
In the world today, Nihonshu (Japanese sake) is a bit of an unusual drink; you can have it hot or cold. If you’re drinking it cold, it’s ‘reishu.’ It’s about 7 - 10℃, same as beer. When it’s heated, it’s called ‘atsukan.’ Usually you’re supposed to drink it over 50℃, but you can also have it at 40℃, which is ‘nurukan.’ At room temperature, (with ice if ya want), it’s called “hiya.” Generally people drink ‘reishu’ in summer and ‘atsukan’ in winter, but there’s no real rules, eh; I always ask the staff the best way to drink it.
Staff member at "Cafe de Osaka." Loves Osaka more than anything.
Nanpurakuten (in cooperation)
A laid-back restaurant in Takatsuki city, often full of chatty locals. Nanpurakuten is owned and run by Osaka Bob’s good friend and veteran Nihonshu drinker, Tetsu-san. Enjoy a range of Japanese food and drink at a reasonable price. 5 minutes from JR Takatsuki Station on foot.
Osaka-fu, Takatsuki-shi, Takatsuki-cho 1-23 | 12:00noon - 22:00 (about). Irregular holidays (Check website before visiting).
Owner and manager of Nanpurakuten, a restaurant in Takatsuki popular with the locals. World traveller, marathon runner and veteran drinker, Tetsu is always trying to introduce people to the wide selection of drinks he has available.