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A place for whisky lovers all around the world
Looking ahead to the future of Japanese Whisky
Together with the Cuisine, Tradition and History of Japan

Exploring the Beauty of Japanese Whisky with Seiichi Koshimizu

Led by Seiichi Koshimizu, a living legend and one of the most iconic blender in the history of Japanese Whisky,
we bring to you exclusive interviews, rare footage and informative content as
we discover the beauty of Japanese whisky combined with the cuisine, traditions and culture of Japan.

Members also receive access to exclusive events, merchandise and a variety of other members-only benefits.

VIDEO CONTENT

Food and Japanese Whisky

Together with Takeshi Kadokami, famed producer/columnist and an authority on all things Japanese cuisine, we take a look into Japanese Whisky's relationship to food in this series.
Seiichi Koshimizu also visits a master chef at his Michelin-star restaurant to learn how Japanese cuisine had a hand in giving birth to one of the world's favorite ways of drinking Japanese Whisky, Mizuwari and Highball.

The Pursuit of the Best Whisky

Kenichi Hashimoto is not only the owner/chef of Kyoto's famed traditional restaurant Ryozanpaku and an unique culinary artist with a MBA from Kyoto University, but is also a close personal friend of Koshimizu.

A former wine-lover, Hashimoto found a new and even stronger passion for whisky and created something he calls "Whisky Kaiseki", an original fusion of whisky with the culinary masterpieces he crafted over the years.

See how a traditional Japanese chef feels about and enjoys whisky in this series.

Japanese Whisky in a Japanese Bar

Minoru Nishida is a legendary Kyoto bartender who's name is known to everyone in the Japanese bartending world.

From the world-enjoyed "neat" and "on the rocks", to the Japan-born styles of "twice-up", "mizuwari" and "oyuwari", not to mention the hundreds of cocktails, there are countless ways to enjoy whisky.

Koshimizu and Nishida, each a specialist in their own respective field of making and serving whisky, team up to discuss how to truly enjoy whisky in a Japanese-style bar setting.

What is Japanese Whisky in the Mind of Seiichi Koshimizu?

Seiichi Koshimizu is the author of many books in which he has penned his various experiences, thoughts and values as a blender and maker of whisky.

In this series, he looks back on his past days in the field and speaks candidly on what Japanese Whisky truly means to him.

And more exciting video content is on the way to you!

Member Benefits

This is an exclusive membership community.
Starting with the exclusive video content above, our members receive many other special members-only benefits shown below.

Exclusive Video Content.Exclusive Video Content.

We offer exclusive video content to our members which are not open to public viewing.

Q&A Corner.Q&A Corner.

You will be able to send your questions directly to Seiichi Koshimizu. If selected, your question will be answered by Seiichi Koshimizu in a following video.

Join Live Online Seminars!Join Live Online Seminars!

Join and interact with Seiichi Koshimizu and other notable guests in real time through live-streamed seminars! (TBD)

Join Live Events! Join Live Events!

We plan to hold exclusive member-only events, such as whisky-tasting and whisky + cuisine pairing events, in which the food is cooked by distinguished chefs from famous Japanese restaurants.

Purchase Exclusive Merchandise! Purchase Exclusive Merchandise!

We offer the opportunity to purchase extremely exclusive and limited whisky and whisky-related merchandise to our members.

Receive your Member's Card!Receive your Member's Card!

You will receive your personal Member's Card upon signing up. Enjoy all the benefits our community has to offer!

Regarding Fees

Memebership Fee¥5,500per year (tax included)

※ Additional costs required for joining optional events or purchasing merchandise.
※ A part of the membership fee that you pay will be allocated and donated to the research and development stated below.

Every person who becomes a member of this community will directly and personally contribute to the growth and future of Japanese Whisky.

To support the following projects, a part of the annual membership fee we collect will be donated annually to these projects.
The names of each contributing member will be attached (if consented) to the projects when making the donation.

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(1) Supporting organizations which plant Japanese Mizunara Oak Trees.

"The use of Mizunara Oak is a special characteristic of Japanese whisky, and I want to pass on whisky production which uses Mizunara Oak to the next generation."

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Mizunara as a material for casks has attracted attention in the whisky industry from all around the world.
However, it takes about 100 to 300 years for a Mizunara Oak tree to grow, after which it is ready to be used as a cask barrel.
If all existing Mizunara trees are cut down and used now, it will no longer be possible to enjoy whisky aged in Mizunarama casks in the future.
It is our mission to contribute to creating an environment in which the world and future generations can drink and enjoy whisky aged in Mizunara casks by preserving and growing new Mizunara trees.

2) Supporting the "development and research of low-alcohol whisky".

Seiichi Koshimizu's dream to "Enjoy delicious whisky in old age, just like I did in my youth."

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As a whisky lover, you probably want to drink and enjoy whisky no matter how old you get. However, there may come a time when whisky of ABV 40+ strains your body and may even become detrimental to your health due to your age.

But what if there was a whisky with the same amazing flavor and delightful texture, but just with a lower percentage of alcohol?

To achieve this dream, Mr. Seiichi Koshimizu has started a "low-alcohol whisky development research" in collaboration with a research institute in Yamanashi Prefecture.

While there are no guarantees that this research will be successful, we believe we will be doing our part for the future of whisky by supporting this research in any little way possible.

The details of support and donations will be published on this community page every year.
We invite you to join us in our efforts in creating a sustainable environment and future for both the whisky industry and its fans.
It is our hope that these projects become the identity of all members of this community and we pledge to do our part for the world of whisky.

We welcome everyone who enjoys whisky to become a member of our community
and hope you join us in this exciting journey
through the world of Japanese Whisky.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is 韻 (IN)?

This is a Japanese Whisky Membership Community which we have named 韻 IN.

The kanji character 韻 IN means "tone" or "elegance", and is most often used in the Japanese word 余韻 YO-IN, which is defined as "aftertaste" or "trailing note".

It is our hope that the content we offer here provides you with a deeper understanding of Japanese Whisky, and leaves you with a wonderful "aftertaste" in your journey through the wonderful world of Japanese whisky.

What benefits do I receive by becoming a member?

Our members gain access to the exclusive content we create, the opportunity to purchase exclusive merchandise and join various exclusive events.

Members also directly support and sponsor the "development and research of low-alcohol & non-alcoholic whisky" through their membership fees, the research which Mr. Seiichi Koshimizu continues to be the main part of.

Non-members are unable to view any content, purchase any merchandise, and join any event which we provide.

How do I sign up?

Please sign up by filling out the registration form and completing payment of your annual membership fee.

You will then receive your username and password at the email address you have provided.

Proceed to Login and enjoy our community and content.

How much does the annual membership fee cost?

The annual membership fee is 5,500 JPY (payment to be made in JPY).

Available payment methods include PayPal and all types of Credit Cards.

This is a subscription-based model and your annual membership will be automatically renewed the following year on the same month.

How are the membership fees used?

The membership fees provided are used towards the costs of operating this community, such as filming, creating, production and planning of content, merchandise and events.

A portion of the membership fee is also allocated and donated to Mr. Koshimizu's "development and research of low-alcohol whisky" project.

Additional fees will be required for other optional content within the community, such as participation fees to special events or the purchasing of exclusive merchandise.

Is there an age requirement?

We have not set an age requirement in order to register as a member of this community, however, cannot sell or provide alcoholic merchandise to any member we cannot verify to be over the age of 20 years old, in accordance to the Japanese law.

How do I cancel my membership?

Please send us a request to cancel your membership through the Inquiry Form.
You will receive a confirmation email from the management company MyConcierge co.,ltd. at your registered email address.

Important Notice:
In accordance with the community terms and conditions, please note that no refund of the annual membership fee is possible.
In order to cancel your membership for the following year, please contact us at least 10 days before the subscription renewal date.

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