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    • Spring
      • spring outdoor japan shinano discovery

        2022 Spring Tours and Travel

        Check out these green season tours and experiences across Japan!
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        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.

        Solace and Giant Salamanders in Akiota

        Just beyond Hiroshima City is a tranquil outdoor destination home to some of Japan's last remaining oosanshouo, the elusive giant salamander.

        2022 Art Events in Japan

        Two of Japan's biggest art events return this year: the Setouchi Triennale on the Seto Inland Sea Islands and Niigata's Echigo Tsumari Art Field.
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        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.
    • Summer
      • Washi Papermaking Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Following the Paper Trail in Kochi

        Discover the traditional art of washi papermaking in Kochi with artist Rogier Uitenboogaart.
        Climbing Mt. Fuji Outdoor Japan

        Peaking in 2021: Climbing Mt. Fuji

        Thinking of climbing Mt. Fuji this summer? We talk to Mt. Fuji guides on best practices for scaling Japan's highest mountain.

        Japan Camping Guide

        Check out our picks all the way from Hokkaido to the Okinawa Islands and then plot your perfect Japan camping adventure.
        Japan's Digital Nomads Van Life in Japan

        Japan’s Digital Nomads

        Adventure couple Ruth Aisling and Bappa Shota explores Japan by van.
    • Autumn
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        Beyond the Brand: Pow Bar

        An interview with Megumi Scott, the founder of Niseko brand Pow Bar.
        Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
    • Winter
      • Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
        Indy Pass Outdoor Japan Tohoku

        The Resistance

        The Indy Pass arrives in Japan to bring avid riders to local resorts that punch above their weight class and offer varied terrain.
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        Go Deep into Shinano

        Discover Snow Country in Shinano Town in northern Nagano, popular for its deep powder but also its mountainous winter scenery.
        Evergreen Outdoor Center Japan

        Japan Snow Guide: Winter 2022 Events & No...

        Check out the latest news and winter events held at ski resorts all over Japan in 2022!
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        Hachimantai’s Powder History

        Discover powder and ski culture deep in Tohoku at Hachimantai.
    • Near Tokyo
    • Near Kyoto
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        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.
        Kyoto Oni Trail Outdoor Japanvideo

        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.
    • All Regions
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    • Ocean and Beach
      • Solace and Giant Salamanders in Akiota

        Just beyond Hiroshima City is a tranquil outdoor destination home to some of Japan's last remaining oosanshouo, the elusive giant salamander.
        Churamura Okinawa Sea Turtle Marine Conservation

        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
        Kawazu

        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
        Kaiyu Kochi Shikoku Outdoor Japan

        Snorkeling, Surfing and Sustainability in Koch...

        Enjoy the clear waters of Kochi by snorkeling and surfing while staying at a refurbished hotel committed to sustainability.
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        Finding the Flow from Kan...

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.

        Solace and Giant Salamand...

        Just beyond Hiroshima City is a tranquil outdoor destination home to some of Japan's last remaining oosanshouo, the elusive giant salamander.
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        Shower Climbing High Abov...

        Learn about the uniquely Japanese activity of sawanobori, navigating up rivers and waterfalls, in the Wakasa region of Fukui Prefecture.
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      • Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
        Indy Pass Outdoor Japan Tohoku

        The Resistance

        The Indy Pass arrives in Japan to bring avid riders to local resorts that punch above their weight class and offer varied terrain.
        Shinano Town Outdoor Japan

        Go Deep into Shinano

        Discover Snow Country in Shinano Town in northern Nagano, popular for its deep powder but also its mountainous winter scenery.
        Evergreen Outdoor Center Japan

        Japan Snow Guide: Winter 2022 Events & No...

        Check out the latest news and winter events held at ski resorts all over Japan in 2022!
        video

        Hachimantai’s Powder History

        Discover powder and ski culture deep in Tohoku at Hachimantai.
    • Travel
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        Shower Climbing High Above Wakasa Bay

        Learn about the uniquely Japanese activity of sawanobori, navigating up rivers and waterfalls, in the Wakasa region of Fukui Prefecture.
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        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.

        Market Watch: Oiso’s Shishimai Marche

        Check out this farmers' market in the beachside town of Oiso.
        Shinano Town Outdoor Japan

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        Protecting Japan’s Pow

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        Shower Climbing High Above Wakasa Bay

        Learn about the uniquely Japanese activity of sawanobori, navigating up rivers and waterfalls, in the Wakasa region of Fukui Prefecture.
        Kyoto Oni Trail Outdoor Japanvideo

        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.

        Market Watch: Oiso’s Shishimai Marche

        Check out this farmers' market in the beachside town of Oiso.
        Shinano Town Outdoor Japan

        Go Deep into Shinano

        Discover Snow Country in Shinano Town in northern Nagano, popular for its deep powder but also its mountainous winter scenery.
        Protect our Winter POW Japan

        Protecting Japan’s Pow

        Professional snowboarder and environmentalist Goro Komatsu fights climate change with Protect our Winters Japan.
    • Races and Events
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        2022 Spring Tours and Travel

        Check out these green season tours and experiences across Japan!

        2022 Art Events in Japan

        Two of Japan's biggest art events return this year: the Setouchi Triennale on the Seto Inland Sea Islands and Niigata's Echigo Tsumari Art Field.

        2022 Spring Races & Festivals

        The start of the green season is a great time to start trail running, cycling and hiking. Check out these races, outdoor events and traditional festivals held this spring.
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        Check out the latest news and winter events held at ski resorts all over Japan in 2022!

Craft Beer in Japan: TDM 1874

TDM 1874‘s British Head Brewer George Juniper started his craft beer brewing journey at Dark Star Brewing in England before coming to Japan and working for Hitachino Nest Beer. He continued honing his craft at Brimmer Brewing, working under ex-Sierra Nevada brewer Scott Brimmer. In 2017 he joined TDM 1874 as head brewer, going on to win awards as best new brewer in Japan. 

Gardner Robinson: What was the first beer you made as a home brewer?

George Juniper: I’m pretty sure it was an English bitter from an extract kit, very easy to brew. I can’t remember how it turned out, nor was I really old enough to be drinking beer when I first started brewing.

GR: Was there a flash point for you while home brewing when you thought you could do this for a living? 

GJ: It never really occurred to me until it fell in my lap. I was homebrewing lots at university in Brighton; I was lucky that a local brewery (Dark Star) offered me a job after one of the brewers tried my beer. At the time I wasn’t really thinking of what I wanted to do as a career, but I’m glad brewing found me.

GR: You’ve worked at British-run breweries, American-run breweries and Japanese-run breweries; what did you take from each of your experiences?

GJ: When you work in different breweries you really pick up on a lot of different methods. There are hundreds of ways to go about making beer. You also compile a list of ways you DON’T want to do things. 

An example in Japan: Many breweries here apply the same shoes/slippers rules there are for houses—in the brewery. Having worked in a British brewery I feel it is far more important to be wearing steel-toed boots when doing brewery work inside and outside, as safety is most important.

GR: As the name suggests, TDM 1874 has a long history. Can you give a brief background about the family and the business dating back nearly 150 years?

GJ: TDM 1874 brewery is owned by Sakaguchiya—a sakaya (liquor store) founded in the Meiji Era (hence the 1874). Shuichi Kato is the fifth generation owner of the company, which has been in his family and the same location since the start.

GR: When did TDM 1874 decide they wanted to start craft beer brewing?

GJ: Sakaguchiya has been selling nihonshu (rice wine) for nearly 150 years, but sadly in recent years the popularity has been in decline. The decision was made to broaden the company portfolio within the alcohol industry. This started some years back with expanding the variety of wine Sakaguchiya offers (the owner is also a sommelier), as well as importing. With the popularity of craft beer rising, the idea to build a small brewery was also put into place and we began brewing in January 2017.

GR: Is there a particular beer or style you’d consider your signature brew?

GJ: Our British Best Bitter is perhaps the one we are best known for as there aren’t many examples of the style in Japan. However we also are well known for the IPAs we produce here, which are extremely popular.

GR: Do you have any seasonal beers you think readers would particularly enjoy this autumn?

GJ: Our autumn beer, Akibiyori, is one I always look forward to—something a bit maltier and full bodied once the summer heat dies down. I personally enjoy beer more in the cooler months and Akibiyori was created as a celebration of the end of summer (not my favorite season to be brewing!). We will see the return of Brown Porter, too, which is one of my favorite beers.

GR: Brewers and restaurant operators have all been severely affected by the pandemic in 2020. How has TDM 1874 coped with the new normal?

GJ: We shifted beer production more towards cans rather than kegs, which really helped us to continue making beer throughout the state of emergency in Greater Tokyo. As we also have a liquor store at TDM 1874 we were able to stay busy. There were still lots of thirsty people staying and working at home, which fresh canned beer is perfect for. 

GR: What’s the best way readers and craft beer lovers around Japan can get their hands on your beer?

GJ: There are links to both our Rakuten and Yahoo online stores on our website if you want beer shipped directly to you. Or ask your local craft beer bar or bottle shop to stock TDM 1874.

TDM 1874 Brewery & Taproom

Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
7-min. walk from Tokaichiba Station
(0459) 85-4955
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed Wednesdays) 

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