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  • - Hey guys, how's it going? It's Mikayla.

  • I'm just taking a walk around Yakuin today.

  • Yakuin is the neighborhood next to Tenjin.

  • A lot of people who visit Fukuoka for the first time

  • will mostly stay around the Tenjin, Nakasu, Hakata areas.

  • That's where like all the big brand shops are

  • the Apple stores are, H&M and all that stuff.

  • But if you're a local the adjacent areas

  • such as Yakuin, Imaizumi, Kego are actually really nice

  • if you wanna have a nice evening, pop into a local bar

  • or restaurant and just enjoy the lifestyle here in Fukuoka.

  • Today, I'm making my way over to Bar Aya,

  • which is a bar here in Yakuin that does, sake pairings.

  • You can taste different sakes from all over Japan and Kyushu

  • and they do the sake pairing

  • and tasting course in English and Japanese.

  • So even if you don't speak Japanese

  • this is something that you can enjoy

  • and I think that-

  • I don't know I think this is really cool.

  • I'm here, I've just arrived, Bar Aya.

  • I'm gonna head upstairs and say hello,

  • and I'm gonna show you what the place is like.

  • Hello.

  • (speaking in foreign language)

  • (soft music)

  • - All right, so can you tell me about Bar Aya.

  • What is Bar Aya?

  • - The kanji of Aya means to intersect or cross.

  • I named our bar Aya, because we wanted a place

  • where foreign visitors in Fukuoka

  • can experience Japanese culture

  • while enjoying Japanese food, drinks

  • and friendly staff's company.

  • From my experience in tea ceremony,

  • I was always very impressed

  • by the elegance of women wearing a kimono.

  • And I wanted to recreate that experience

  • in a Japanese style bar.

  • - That's a great answer.

  • I really think, it's great to see younger people

  • wearing kimono, because it's very beautiful

  • and like you said elegant.

  • Bar Aya its a members only bar from seven o'clock onwards.

  • You have to be a member or you have to be introduced

  • by a member of the bar, in order to get in.

  • But, between one and seven o'clock

  • they offer this experience to visitors

  • where you can try Fukuoka's local ingredients

  • and local flavors in local cooking

  • along with several types of sake or Japanese wines.

  • And this is really cool.

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  • So the first sake is Uguisu suit from Kuruma.

  • It has a low alcohol percentage.

  • So, it's a little bit lighter

  • than most sake and it has a bit of fruity taste.

  • Let's give it a try.

  • It's not a clear sake.

  • It's a little bit Milky and it's very sweet.

  • Okay, so this is Daichi, it's also from Kuruma.

  • You can see it's very clear.

  • I just had a sip and this one tastes very light.

  • It's very sweet, it has like that natural sweetness

  • that rice has.

  • And it's very easy to drink.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - So this is my third sake.

  • This is Biden, it eases Itoshima rice

  • and it's produced in Southern Fukuoka,

  • in a place called (indistinct).

  • And it doesn't have the sweetness of the rice

  • that the last two had.

  • These two were relatively sweet,

  • but this one is, quite sharp

  • a little bit more of a savory sake.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - So this is Komagura

  • and it's, another Fukuoka based sake.

  • And this one's a little different from the other ones

  • that I've just tried.

  • This was made in 2014.

  • So it's been getting more rich

  • and deep and flavor for the past six years.

  • And you can really taste this one in your cheeks

  • when you take it in.

  • It just has like a deeper flavor that you can really feel

  • in the back of your mouth.

  • And this one is also not very sweet

  • but, it's also not too sharp or bitter either.

  • Very easy to drink.

  • There really are so many different factors

  • that can affect the outcome of sake

  • and how it tastes and its texture, its flavor.

  • For example, the type of water that is used

  • if you use very pure mountain spring water

  • it'll taste different than if you're using filtered water.

  • The method of fermentation

  • will also impact how the outcome taste.

  • The amount of polishing

  • that you do on each individual rice grain.

  • If you Polish them down to their little core kernels

  • they're gonna have a different flavor

  • than if you use the entire rice grain.

  • And it's really fascinating to come

  • and be able to try different ones

  • and hear specifically what the differences are,

  • cause once you know what to look for,

  • you can really taste the difference in each sake.

  • After trying four different types of sake

  • and hearing how they were different,

  • we're now moving on to a food pairing course,

  • where I get to try local foods paired with sake

  • served at different temperatures in different cups,

  • and I can see how, pairing these sake

  • with particular ingredients

  • can actually change the overall flavor of each sake itself.

  • - Today, there are four types of local sake in Fukuoka.

  • We have prepare the dishes using the ingredient

  • of Fukuoka that match.

  • - it's interesting how the blue cheese kind of-

  • It's like the sake cuts the,

  • the severity of the blue cheese,

  • the blue cheese doesn't feel as strong and overbearing.

  • This one is a little warmer too.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - It mixes with the earthy flavor of the vegetables,

  • so well.

  • That's amazing.

  • - You Like it.

  • - Yeah. I love it.

  • It's awesome.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - All right, so it is just past noon

  • and I am feeling the sake.

  • I have had so many different tastings and pairings today,

  • and it's been a really exciting,

  • and informational experience.

  • I feel like I've learned a lot.

  • I feel like as foreigners, we often-

  • We're used to like one type of sake

  • or we have an idea of what sake should taste like,

  • because we've only ever tried one kind

  • but there is not one single unanimous flavor from sakes.

  • I feel like I've definitely learned that today

  • through this experience.

  • It's a lot to take in, but it's an educational experience

  • and it's a lot of fun.

  • Good luck you guys.

  • Thank you so much.

  • And thanks for having me today.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - If this is something that you think

  • that you might be interested in

  • you can book this experience on byfood.com.

  • This video was created coordinated by, byfood.com.

  • They helped make this shoot possible.

  • So if you want to book this experience for yourself

  • whether you're living in Japan or

  • if you're planning to visit Japan in the next five years

  • or so, I don't know.

  • Please check out byfood.com

  • and check out their food experiences.

  • And if you're interested in coming to Bar Aya

  • and meeting these lovely ladies,

  • you can do so, on the link below.

  • Thank you so much for watching.

  • Bye.

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I tried a Member's Only Bar in Fukuoka! 福岡の会員制バーで日本酒の飲み比べしてみた!

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