A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments
by Chris Bunting
Chris Bunting is the brain behind the amazing Japanase whisky blog Nonjatta and is one of the whisky bloggers around who inspired me years ago to blog about whisky. He did such an outstanding job again with this book covering all the social and historic aspects of Japanese drinking culture in a beautiful layout. You basically learn everything you would like to know about sake, shochu, awamori, Japanese beer, Japanese whisky and the rich social history developed around these drinks. The chapters are carefully organized with gorgeous photographs, quick guides, lists and interviews. We learn everything about country's world famous drinking establishments, where to find them, how to choose them and how to enjoy them. Chris Bunting's point of view as a westerner with his profound knowledge as a long time resident of Japan makes the book incredibly approachable and useful. I was also very impressed how he managed to give so much information with all these beautiful photographs in such a compact, easy and entertaining format. I am afraid that I will be comparing any other book written about spirits with Drinking Japan from now on. It is a must read not only for spirit lovers but for everybody who is interested in Japanese culture or planning to visit Japan and is a great reference book to keep somewhere near your spirits cabinet all the time.