SNOW FLURRIES, HOT BATHSDry Up Your Wine Cup - Kampai! - Any time is a ne time for Japanese sake, but the icy chills of winter and springtime's ethereal blossoms perhaps best accentuate the poignant effectiveness of this delicious concoction. Kampai! The character for kam means dry, and pai mean the teensy sake cup. You get it: bottoms up! And in Japanese there's no end to pithy sayings about the national brew. "Sake ga shizumu to kotoba ga ukabu" translates roughly as "when sake goes down, words oat up", referring of course to the witty comments we all tend to verbalize after a few drinks. Taking a more philosophical tone about its potential for demerit, "Sake to asane wa bimbo no chikamichi" means "sake and sleeping in are shortcuts to poverty." While "Sake wa hyaku yaku no cho, sake wa hyaku doku no cho" means sake is both the most exalted of medicines and the most exalted of poison. There are nine basic types of rice used to make Japanese sake, and each type yields specic avor proles. But probably the most important ingredient in the brewing of sake is the water. Brewing water ideally contains a higher mineral.6

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