Rich juicy rice-laden flavors with funky aromas. Produced by Onda Shuzo in Nagaoka, a city located in the central part of Niigata Prefecture. As a domaine-style sake producer which is still very rare in the Japanese sake industry, Onda grows the local specialty sake rice “Ippon-Jime” on its own land near the Shinano River and the Echigo Mountains. The rice is milled down to 48% of its original size before fermentation. With his team of skillful rice growers and sake craftsmen, Norio Onda, the fifth generation owner-president-brewmaster, grows the rice in spring and summer, harvests it in fall, and brews the sake in winter.


Basic info

Brand:            TSUZUMI [tsoo-zoo-mee]

Type of sake:  Junmai

Seimai Buai:  Ippon-Jime Rice milled to 48 %

Alcohol:          17.5% by volume

Size & UPC:  720ml, 12-pack UPC: 844650060010            






Onda [on-dah] Shuzo        Founded:


Owned by:

Onda Family



Location: 1330 Muikaichi-machi, Nagaoka-shi, Niigata 940-0083 Japan




Toji (Master Brewer): Norio Onda, the fifth generation owner and president.


Ingredients & Technical data

Rice: Ippon-Jime rice

Water:             On-site well. Soft water.  

Yeast:              M-310

No sulfites, no preservatives.


SMV:               -2                     Acidity:          1.5       Amino acids:   1.4


Other info

Serving temp.:         Cold, room temp.,  or lukewarm

Tasting note:            Rice-laced rich juicy flavors with earthy and funky aromas. Off- dry. Umami and san-mi (acidity) are well balanced.


Food pairing:            Grilled seafood, Gyoza, Asian hotpot such as Japanese nabe and Chinese

huo guo, Vietnamese spring rolls, Carrots and tarako(cod roe) pan-fried with sesame oil or olive oil, Linguine with clams and garlic, Scallop seared and sautéed with butter.