Gifu Sake Week Kicks Off February 5

The Gifu Prefectural government will hold Gifu Sake Week in NYC at three restaurants from Monday, February 5 through Sunday, February 11. The weeklong showcase is presented in conjunction with their “Crafted in Gifu, Japan” fair at NY NOW, a trade show for home and lifestyle products where businesses can discover exclusive designs and trends.

Participating restaurants are SakaMai, Sakagura, and Hi-Collar, and they will feature sake from Nihon-Izumi Brewery, Komachi Shuzo, and Miyozakura Jozo in Gifu prefecture. Each restaurant will offer a different selection of sake and related specials.

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157 Ludlow Street (between Stanton and Rivington Streets)

Lower East Side izakaya and sake bar SakaMai is offering selected Gifu sake by the glass and bottle throughout the week.

Soul of Sake, a weekly program run by Miss Sake USA Jessica Joly every Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., will kick off its first Happy Hour of 2018 by celebrating Gifu Sake Week. Guests can choose from Panda Cup by Miyozakura; Nihon Izumi, a sake that is new to the U.S. market; and Komachi Shuzo’s Nagaragawa Sparkling by the glass. The first 20 people who order the Gifu sake will receive a masu (wooden box), which is made in Gifu. For Monday only, guests will receive a glass of sake and three oysters for a special price of $12. Additional glasses of sake will be available for $9 each.


211 E. 43rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), Basement level

At Sakagura, the Midtown izakaya with an extensive sake list that numbers into the hundreds, guests can have Gifu sakes by the glass, bottle, or flight. The first 60 people who order more than three kinds of Gifu sake will receive an imitation food key chain made in Gifu prefecture.


214 E. 10th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

An East Village coffee shop by day and a sake bar by night, Hi-Collar is offering Nagaragawa Sparkling Nigori Sake by the small bottle and the original Nagaragawa Sparkling Nigori Sake Cocktail throughout the entire week.

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Known as the Heartland of Japan, Gifu Prefecture is located in the central part of Japan’s main island. Known for its hot springs resorts, quaint mountain towns, and cormorant fishing, the area’s most famous attraction is Shirakawago, the UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring historic farmhouses. Try Gifu’s sake at SakaMai, Sakagura, and Hi-Collar this week, and learn more about Gifu and its regional specialties at