If you happen to be in the Bay Area and have a taste for all things Japanese, there is now an option besides catching the next flight to Narita.
It's called New People and that's how they describe themselves:
In January, their Viz Cinema showcases music flavored films like Midnight Sun (January 21), the melodramatic story of "Kaoru is a talented young teenager, gifted as a singer and guitarist. She also suffers from a rare skin disease which prevents her body from repairing cell damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light.This means that she must avoid sunlight completely".
Japanese are Single Malt fans, they also produce their own Whiskies which have won plaudits in recent years.
In his piece Bertrand offers a few recommendations including:
Hakushu Single Malt 25 years 650 €
Hanyu Single Malt 1986 22 years (closed distilleries) 198 €
Myagikyo Single Malt 12 years 84 €
Nikka Single Malt 20 years Yoichi 199 €
Kawasaki Single Grain 1981 28 years (closed distilleries) 199 €
Jet lagged after this whirlwind tour of Japan abroad for Tokyo Thursdays # 123
(*Night vision of La Maison du Whisky courtesy of Bertrand Celce)