Marie Tanaka is the owner of WineStyles Co., Ltd who along with Tsukasa Ono organized the largest cider fest in Japan to date called the Tokyo Cider Collection. The event was held this year on August 2nd and about 300 people attended with over 70 different types of ciders.
Marie says that they are already looking at a larger venue for next year’s event.
These two organizers chatted about the growing Japanese cider scene and the current cider drinker in Tokyo. Mr. Ono is the son of an orchardist and shares his perspective on the two apple growing regions:
- Nagano Prefecture
- Aomori Prefecture
Japanese cider makers use both the French spelling for cider “cidre” and use French cidermaking techniques as well.
Marie described 4 types of cidermakers in Japan.
The Nagano Prefecture apple committee sets the standard for the ciders that get the “Geographical Indications” or GI
- 100% apple in Nagano
- bottle fermented
- tank fermented
- no water or sugar
The Japanese cider scene is growing with the help of Marie and Mr. Ono.
There is even a pub that serves cider The Full Monty British Pub and Cider House
Contact info for Marie
田中 球絵 /Marie Tanaka
Wine Styles Co.,Ltd
- 1F Ohata Bldg 3-40-10 Taito
- Taito-ku Tokyo 110-0016
Contact for Tsukasa Ono
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