On the Sake Hunt or The Quest for the Sugidama or Bashing the Sakabayashi

A sugidama is a large ball of tightly bundled cedar that usually hangs from the roof of sakaguras(sake breweries). It is also known as the sakabayashi and is most likely the most traditional way of marking where sake can be found. If you see this ball hanging from the sign out front, then the place most likely has a wide and varied list of sakes to choose from and will be worth checking out. Happy Hunting!