Yumiko

Yumiko

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A foodie Tokyoite and a certified international kikisake-shi (sake sommelier certified to introduce sake to the international audience), I enjoy helping foreign guests discover authentic Japanese cuisine and sake. I have realized that Tokyo is a food paradise, however, exclusively for those who can understand the often uniquely-written menu of each restaurant and the cultural and historical context of various sake available from some 1,200 breweries around Japan.

I have experience presenting sake and giving lectures on sake for pairing with Japanese and western cuisines in and outside Japan. Also, I was previously a Japan correspondent for an international news agency, so I am used to explaining about not just food and sake but also the broader Japanese culture, mentality, and social structures to an international audience.

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2 Reviews for Yumiko

  • Teresa Teresa

    Enjoy a sake brewery visit and tofu kaiseki lunch in Tokyo

    Enjoy a sake brewery visit and tofu kaiseki lunch in Tokyo The sake brewery tour is great. The riverside lunch and sake tasting is our favorite part. Although its raining that day, Yumiko-san tried her best for us to have the most in our tour. She also help us recommend other things that we can go or try while in Japan. Thank you for everything.

  • Faye Faye

    Enjoy a sake brewery visit and tofu kaiseki lunch in Tokyo

    Enjoy a sake brewery visit and tofu kaiseki lunch in Tokyo This was a very good 'intro to sake' experience. Our guide Yumiko, being a sake sommelier, was very knowledgeable. Since the sake brewery does tours only in Japanese, her guidance throughout the tour made all the difference.

    The tofu kaiseki lunch was probably the best meal I had this trip. I don't think we would have been able to appreciate the menu without Yumiko's help with explaining and communicating with the restaurant.

    Above all, Yumiko was a very good travel guide, sharing a lot of insight on the Tokyo food scene, even giving great (non-touristy) restaurant recommendations for the rest of our trip.

    Overall, an awesome way to enjoy a nice day out of the city.

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