Sake

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Like everything else, Japan takes sake seriously, only more so. The belly-laugh inducing firewater has been produced in Japan continuously before history was even recorded in writing.

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Often served warm, sake is Japan's national beverage and holds important cultural meaning. Sake is technically filtered rice wine and is between 15-20% ABV, depending on the brand.

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Consuming sake in Japan is a must for any tourist seeking to connect with Japanese culture. Of course, you may not have to seek out this experience. It just might be forced upon you.