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Yesterday, My friend Toru san, invited me to a sake tasting event in Tsu. 30 different stands with sake brewers from Mie prefecture were promoting their products in a big conference room near Tsu station. I’m not really a sake fan and can’t drink too much of this rice beverage, but yesterday I tasted so many different types and discoverd there are so many different flavors and types available.
Of course, in the beginning, we were really tasting the differnt qualities and brands, but after 30 minutes we were quite buzzed already and we were not even half way.

Kampai, Toru san


Most brewers have 3 or 4 types of sake. A cheap version, a better one and their premium product. We just went for the best stuff and had several tastes from the “good stuff”. Our favorite is the waka-ebis black bottle. Soon available at Bondiya.

There were some typical Japanese “sake snacks” as well. The tofu was fantastic. There also was dried salmon, mirin baby fish, some sushi and a few other snacks.


I learned a lot about sake and met a bunch of friendly, dedicated sake makers and they changed my view on sake a lot. We went home with a bag full of leaflets and name cards, a few souvenir bottles, a cute tokkuri (small sake drinking cup) and a lot lot of alcohol in my body. It was time for a beer by then. Next year again…..

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This year, Ise matsuri is on the 15th and 16th of October and Bondiya will be there for the first time. We will collaborate with Aoki sake, the famous liquer shop along route 37. We will have a stand together and Bondiya will cook chicken sate and seafood skewers with herb mayonaisse. Later more information on location, prices, etc.
Come and find us on this years festival. We hope to see you there or at Bondiya.

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Last Sunday was the annual dance classes performance from Y’s Laboratory at Misono Heart Plaza and after the show, the staff and some of the students came for a little finish drink. Of course, for dance teachers, no party without a little dance, and yes, soon enough the guitars came out of their cases and everybody was clapping, dancing, singing and laughing. It was really noisy and I hope the neighbours could sleep, but it was a lot of fun.

Alicia, the Flamenco teacher, just left, after a year in Japan. We’ll miss you. Good luck to you and Ramon.


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Gocoo

If you have no plans for this coming Sunday and you are interested in taiko (drum) music, go to Sunarena in Ise. There will be a very exciting taiko performance with drummers from all over Japan and a spectecular show. It starts at 5:30 and tickets are 3000 yen at the door.

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It finally cooled down a bit. Those hot, humid days are getting less frequent and it is actually a bit cold tonight. Fall has started. There was this big typhoon a few days ago with loads of rain and we had a little flooding at Bondiya again, but not too serious. With the summer behind us, we are getting ready for a new season with new things at Bondiya. A special wine weekend is coming up, a few new dishes on the menu and October will have a new lunch menu again. Also, we are slowly starting to think about Christmas, bonenkais and osechi. We are building up to the end of the year.
If you are planning an end of the year party or just a party with your friends or collegues, think about Bondiya. We have very interesting private parties for bigger groups on good value. Menus start from 2000 yen (15 people or more), 2500, 3000, 3500,etc, and all you can drink offers as well. Please contact us for reservations, inquiries or availability.
Osechi will be another big thing for us. Every year we sell these new years boxes for 13.500 yen. They are stuffed with all kinds of Bondiya favorites accompanied by a baquette and optional Bondiya wine.
Soon more information and pictures about osechi.

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This month we have another special beer on the menu at Bondiya. A Belgian white beer. White beer is a bit lighter in color than normal beer and the special thing about this beer is, that it isn’t clear. It had a second yeasting process in the bottle, so the beer is a little cloudy or murky. It has a light taste and easy to drink. Very nice on a warm autums evening. Come and try this interesting beer for just 600 yen per bottle (330ml) and get a bit of a Belgium feeling.(?)

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