Drinking Japan: A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments

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Drinking Japan the first practical Japan travel guide in English, to depict Japan's bars and alcoholic beverages. Author Chris Bunting goes to tremendous lengths to present Japan's best bars and alcoholic drinks. You will be prepared for your trip with detailed profiles of Japans finest sake, sochu, awamori, beers, wines and Japanese whiskies. This book tells you where to find each one, which brands are best and which to avoid.

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Overview

Drinking Japan the first practical Japan travel guide in English, to depict Japan's bars and alcoholic beverages. Author Chris Bunting goes to tremendous lengths to present Japan's best bars and alcoholic drinks. You will be prepared for your trip with detailed profiles of Japans finest sake, sochu, awamori, beers, wines and Japanese whiskies. This book tells you where to find each one, which brands are best and which to avoid.

A trip to Japan is not complete without experiencing its famous night life. From bright lights of Ginza to the quiet street corners of Kyoto. Drinking Japan provides reviews of 122 bars in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Hiroshima extending further afield.

More than 120 of the country's best bars are featured in richly illustrated reviews, with menu tips, directions and language help. If you are drinking in Japan, most likely it is going to be a thrilling night. Japan is home to some of the world's most extraordinary alcoholic beverages as well as the most appealing bar scenes. This book will prepare you and your friends with the tips and tricks you need when navigating through cool Japan bar scenes and night life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Toyko-based journalist Bunting talks of sake and shochu, beverages long associated with Japan. He also takes a substantial and welcomed look at the popularity of beer, whisky and wine in modern Japanese culture, providing context and suggestions on where to find the best, citing hours and atmosphere. For what many might consider the dream assignment, Bunting "spent a wonderful year up and down the country meeting hundreds of brewers, distillers and bar owners..." He learned of technique and business philosophy. He tasted and took note of regional preferences. Bunting sheds significant light on some of the smaller, more local names as opposed to the widely recognized national brands such as Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory. He gives the country's growing craft beer industry its due, presenting insight and information a useful supplement to a variety of travelers, whatever their thirst. Photos and maps. (Apr.)
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"There are many things to love about Japan, but its exceptional bars and drinking culture are among the things at the top of my list. Anyone with the same yen (heh) for Tokyo-and-beyond bars should check out "Drinking Japan: A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments." Written by Chris Bunting after a year and a half of research (i.e., drinking his way across Japan) and published by Tuttle in April, the book combines a guide to Japanese spirits with reviews of the bars devoted to them."—Los Angeles Times

"Drinking Japan is filled with a staggering amount of information that includes indexes, maps and language tips. No matter where you find yourself in Japan, there's a good chance that Bunting has sampled libations nearby, and has a few recommendations on the local poison or watering holes, and more probably both."—Metropolis

"Drinking Japan is the first book of its kind, and as such, an invaluable tool for anyone visiting the country. A softcover guidebook similar to those published by Fodor or Frommer, it fits easily in a backpack or travel bag. Extremely detailed reviews of almost 125 bars in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima and other outlying areas are accompanied by full color photographs. Each bar is noted for it's particular specialty including sake, shochu, awamori, beers, wines and single-malt whiskies. Along with all of this information are sections on Japanese drinking culture and maps and directions on how to get where you want to go for the evening."—GoodSpiritsNews.com

"If you're unfamiliar with Japan, especially Tokyo (and that seems to be the target audience), Drinking Japan is a great place to start. If you live here, you'll still find some new gems."—japaneats.tv

"A great tool for drinkers in search of new experiences."—The Nation

"Kampai!" is the Japanese equivalent of "Cheers!" If you're travelling through Tokyo, with its vibrant array of sake, shochu, whisky and cocktail bars, this is one word you'll get to know well. I've been enjoying a new book about this very topic, Drinking Japan by Chris Bunting, a Tokyo-based newspaper journalist; a portion of the book's proceeds are donated to Japan Earthquake Relief."—Reuters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784805310540
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2011
  • Edition description: Vinyl Bound Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 520,764
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Bunting is a Tokyo-based journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including the London Times and the Independent. He currently works for a leading Japanese daily newspaper.

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