Food Forum


Close-up Japan zooms in on current trends in food culture and popular food topics in Japan.

Vol. 31 No. 3


Amazake is popular among the health-conscious

A traditional Japanese drink, sweet amazake is made from fermented rice. This creamy white beverage is traditionally prepared by adding water and malted rice to cooked rice, before storing it at about 60°C (140°F). Aspergillus mold decomposes and saccharifies the rice starch, which produces amazake’s natural sweetness...

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