Japan is very proud of their traditional alcoholic beverages, sake and shochu.
There's a plethora of sake and shochu available in Japan. Too many of which are sadly left untasted even by sake-lovers like me. Furthermore, I've forgotten a lot of what I've drank before, and usually just end up buying the same old (but delicious) sake.
Yet with such a glorious selection to choose from, wouldn't you want to be a bit adventurous? This Android app, Saketano （酒楽； Sake Fun), is the best way to keep records of every sake and shochu you've drank, and discover new ones.
The image to the left is the main screen. You can search by sake name or by brewer. I don't know anything about brewers, so I decided to search by name.
I'm a big fan of Mitake potato shochu, so I went ahead and rated it. When you register as a user, your review is aggregated and listed with reviews by others. You can also tweet your reviews via Twitter.
It works with Google Maps too, so that if you tap the address of a brewery, a map of that area will pop up.
You can also perform refined searches, for example, search only for either sake or shochu.
Most people tend to forget the good sakes and shochus they've tasted, so this app is really helpful in keeping tabs on what you've had and what you like. It also helps you remember when you're searching at your local liquor store for a sake or shochu that you tasted first in a restaurant or a bar. The interface is kept simple and is easy to use.
This app will become more convenient if the search results can be refined a bit more. It seems like this feature will be included in future updates, so there is definitely something to look forward to. If they end up including wine, whiskey, and other alcohols, this app could become quite the companion for an aspiring alcoholic such as myself.
Time Used: 2 hours
Device Used: Galaxy S
Last Updated: 10/2/2011
Compatibility: Android 1.6 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan