Sake Made in Fukushima Served at Britain's Parliament (News)


London, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)—A reception was held on Tuesday night at London's Palace of Westminster to serve sake made in Fukushima Prefecture and show the area's recovery from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit the Tōhoku region of northeastern Japan.

The reception venue was filled with fruity and gorgeous aroma of sake from six breweries in the prefecture, including Daishichi Sake Brewery Co. in the city of Nihonmatsu.

The reception, organized jointly by the Fukushima prefectural government and the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group, took place at the Jubilee Room, next to Westminster Hall, where coronation banquets were held in the past, bringing together more than 130 participants, including British lawmakers, officials of the Japanese and British governments, and corporate representatives from the two countries.

"It's very smooth," said Ian Bailey, a British company owner, who tasted sake from Ninki Shuzō, a brewery in Nihonmatsu. Its flavor "is nice and subtle," he said, adding that it is "eminently drinkable."

Former British lawmaker Derek Wyatt also highly evaluated a sake brand he enjoyed, saying that it had the "same good taste on the back of the mouth and on the front of the mouth."

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