“J-Simple Recipes” is the abbreviation for “Japanese Simple Recipes.”
We explain Japanese recipes you can easily cook, as well as typical meals, foodstuffs & table manners.

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You can cook Japanese food easily at home!

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Sweet Fermented Drink Made from Rice (Ama-Zake)

February 5, 2018

Non-alcohol type ama-zake

Non-alcohol type ama-zake

Low-alcohol type ama-zake

Low-alcohol type ama-zake

In Japan, there is a sweetened drink called ama-zake which is made from rice. Ama means sweet and zake means Japanese alcohol (sake). The drink has a very, very long history. I think that many Japanese probably do not know this. It is said that ama-zake originated sometime between the middle of the third century to the end of the seventh century. The common people began to drink ama-zake during the Edo period (1603-1868). There are two ways to make it: from sake-kasu (lees) plus sugar and water (low-alcohol type) and from kome-koji (malted rice) plus water (non-alcohol type). Because sake-kasu is white solids (lees) that remain when making sake, this ama-zake contains a little alcohol. Because ama-zake made from kome-koji has a natural sweetener, this ama-zake does not use sugar. Sake is also made from kome-koji, which is absolutely necessary to make ama-zake. The beneficial effects of ama-zake are beautiful skin, constipation improvement, weight loss, and lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure. Ama-zake also contains essential amino acids. Ama-zake has a good taste and is a healthy drink. So, if you have a chance, please try drinking it.



J-Simple Recipes

What kind of impression do you have when you say Japanese food?
You may imagine healthy, colorful, beautiful, high quality, traditional, etc. Can you imagine cooking Japanese food at home? Most people may think that it is difficult.
However, we think otherwise. Therefore, here at J-Simple Recipes (Japanese Simple Recipes) we have prepared recipes for traditional Japanese dishes and international dishes with a Japanese twist which can easily be made at home. It may be difficult to obtain all Japanese foodstuffs and seasonings, so we have included substitutions you can make. If you cannot get any Japanese foodstuffs or seasonings at the shops in your neighborhood, you can purchase them at numerous sites on the Internet.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have three keywords: “Simple,” “Healthy” and “Delicious.”


We want you to continue to cook Japanese food for a long time, so we have made the recipes simple.


Because the Japanese cuisine has many low-calorie foods, you can have a healthy meal naturally and may not gain weight even if you eat a little too much.


You may think that healthy and easy- to-cook food is not delicious, but that is not so with J-Simple Recipes.

J-Simple Recipes includes some international dishes with a Japanese twist, too. For example, even if you are just frying meat or vegetables, you can add soy sauce as the final seasoning in order to give any international dish a Japanese twist. So you can easily begin to like Japanese food.
Everyone has their own eating traditions, but if you add just a few Japanese recipes, your cooking experience will expand. So please enjoy cooking Japanese food.
At J-Simple Recipes, we have six categories:

Japanese/Int'l. Recipes

Japanese food and international dishes with a Japanese twist. It is the main part of this site.

Traditional Recipes

Japanese recipes for rice dishes and miso soup.


An introduction to foodstuffs used in Japanese cooking.

Typical Meals

An introduction to the typical breakfast, lunch and dinner of the Japanese people.

Table Manners

This section on table manners is designed to help you in eating Japanese dishes.

J-Food Plaza

This section includes Mago wa Yasashii, Japanese Food Lovers' Comments, Word Tidbits and Japanese Food Tips.

  • Mago wa Yasashii
    • Japanese recipes that are particularly healthy.
  • Japanese Food Lovers' Comments
    • In this section, you can read comments from our website users about Japanese food.
  • Word Tidbits
    • Here, by clicking on the “more” button or photo, you can find the Kana and Kanji for each recipe listed on our site, and also hear audio of the Japanese name for each recipe.
  • Japanese Food Tips
    • In this section, we introduce interesting and possibly little known facts about Japanese food.