Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dire Cup

I'm currently putting together a big article on sake for the Japan-i magazine and website, expanding upon and updating the merry one that used to be stored within this blog.

That baby should be tarted up and online at the end of next month.

In the meantime, here's something I won't be talking up in the article since their publishers and advertisers would likely object.

It comes in the form of a warning.

There is one sake that you should avoid at all costs – even if those costs are one of the most meagre in Japan.

Its name kind of gives the game away if you say it out loud in English: DIA CUP, a ¥100 vending machine special I’ve stumbled across only once, in Kawasaki. While the taste is forgettable, it left me feeling rather ill after only half the contents.

Sadly I tossed the rest in the bin.


Japan Australia said...

Yes, it definitely should be called Dire Cup as it is a cheap nasty sake that you usually see the homeless drinking in Japan!!

What's the plot, anyway? said...

Actually, funnily enough I think even most homeless people are canny enough to avoid the evil drop!