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Harajuku and Shibuya are maybe the 2 most famous areas in Tokyo but I just discovered and fell in love with tranquility and maturity of Ebisu in Tokyo.  I met up with Natalia and her Japan office friend, Michelle and her local friends for a drink and dinner for the night. Michelle led us over to a smooth hilly side of Ebisu and it somehow looks bit residential rather than full on neon lighted . You can almost hear foot steps of our group and it feels refreshing.

We walk into this small bar on the corner of the block.  There is more the bar itself than standing room around. We order some sake ( why not we are in Japan!) and the good looking bartender brings out bunch of little panda bears.

“Pandas” from Fukuoka.  Tokyo May 2009

The bartender says they are from Fukuoka. He gives little tap to the bear and you see the transparent sake turns milky.  I think couple taps shock the sake and bring out the texture of the ice.  Now you pop off the top and take a sip right out of it.  It’s frozen but smooth.  Just like frozen margarita.  And it’s delicious!  We may try to freeze some sake this summer?

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  1. Dan on March 13, 2011 5:18 pm

    Hey! I’ve been to this same bar just a few weeks ago, and drank this sake. They’re really good! Do you by any chance remember the name (brand) of the guys who make this sake? Or at least the name of the bar? I really want to show this to some friends that are living in Tokyo.


  2. jaehee on March 15, 2011 4:32 am

    Hi Dan,
    Woo, I do not recall the name of the bar as I went back last time to find it but I couldn’t.. I guess you could try to google on frozen sake with panda design on it?
    Sorry not much a help this time…!