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Sugidama – The Sake Mark

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If you visit the traditional areas in Japan, you will see that in front of some shops there are some unusual, pretty big globes.

 

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These globes are called sugidama(杉玉)or sakabayashi and they are made of fresh leaves of cedar trees.Traditionally, a new, green sugidama was hung in front of sake shops when a new lot of sake was made. When the sugidama turns brown, it shows that the sake has aged enough and it’s ready to be savored.

 

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These days sugidama is used to point out a traditional sake shop.

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