At this time of the year, many liquor stores and breweries hang SUGIDAMAs in their eaves. If you are a SAKE lover like me, you might have seen that.
The SUGIDAMA balls are made at the time of preparation of new SAKE with fresh green sprigs of Japanese cedar, and the change of the vivid green color into faded brown tells people that the new brew of SAKE of the year is finally available.
Kyoto, blessed with quality ground water indispensable for SAKE brewing, is the most renowned place for SAKE. Good SAKE is so delicious, indeed.