"Ultimate guide to drinking in Japan." The Japan Times
"From sampling traditional awamori on Okinawa to roaming the legendary Susukino district in Sapporo, Drinking Japan is filled with a staggering amount of information ... (&) incredibly complete histories." Metropolis magazine
"There are many things to love about Japan, but its exceptional bars and drinking culture are among the things at the top of my list. Anyone with the same yen (heh) for Tokyo-and-beyond bars should check out "Drinking Japan: A Guide to Japan's Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments." Written by Chris Bunting after a year and a half of research (i.e., drinking his way across Japan) and published by Tuttle in April, the book combines a guide to Japanese spirits with reviews of the bars devoted to them." Los Angeles Times
"It is in Bunting's travelogue approach wherein we find Drinking Japan‘s greatest strengths. We journey with him from one bar to another, listening in on conversations with bartenders who proudly report on the provenance and aging of their prized liquors. We vicariously drink through Japan while nestled comfortably on a couch at home. Bunting does a fantastic job of putting each bar in context." LA Weekly
"An excellent guide for anyone interested in a drink." Japan Visitor
From the Author
is written as a practical guide, but I hope it is also a fun read. There are loads of anecdotes covering all sorts of high-jinks through Japanese drinking history and lots of detail on the fascinating people who make the contemporary Japanese alcohol scene so special. The book is richly illustrated, and offers Japanese language support aimed at helping people who do not speak much Japanese to experience this fascinating drinking culture.
Please check out the video on my author page.
- Chris Bunting