SAKΞ is the first of its kind: a tokenized sake bridging tradition and technology with quality design.
With the highest attention to the details of production, from planting rice seeds to hand-bottling to order, SAKΞ is curated by Sake Samurai Elliot Faber and produced by Kitanishi Shuzo, with a bottle designed by BIG Architects, NFT by FVCKRENDER AND BAEIGE and featuring artwork of Jonathan Jay Lee. 888 bottles of SAKΞ only.
BIG's SAKΞ bottle fuses the historic art of sake brewing with Danish design. A tactile horizontal pattern pays homage to the traditional Japanese wave and rice field terraces. The cork carries a fabric label inspired by Japanese head scarfs and dress traditions. Bjarke Ingels Group is a world-renowned group of designers, inventors, and architects, their award-winning work can be seen throughout Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East.
Founded in 1894 by Kamekichi Kitanishi, brother and sister Naoyuki and Mayukon now run the current generation of Bunraku. With over a century of excellence and a willingness to experiment where others aren't, our sake type has never been created before.
SAKΞ is a ‘Junmai Daiginjo’ produced in a ‘Muroka Nama Genshu’ style. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and undiluted. The resulting taste is notes of raw walnut, marzipan and a refreshing bitter note on the back end of the palate. The traditional Kimoto brewing method adds a bright, creamy texture with limestone undertones and a mineral finish.
Bottled as ‘Shizuku; SAKΞ is free-run into the tank via gravity only. Because no pressure is applied, SAKΞ's delicate and elegant characteristics are preserved. Once completed, SAKΞ is stored in a specialized tank that maintains a perfect -5ºc to prevent spoilage. Uniquely SAKΞ is bottled to order with absolute freshness being the focus.
The animated visual celebrates a surreal metaverse where sake becomes a meta physical object floating in a Japanese inspired pavilion. This NFT features iconic imagery from both artists with some visual cues from some designs from BIG.
Playing on Bunraku brewery's evolution of bringing the centuries-long tradition of enjoying sake to a contemporary audience in modern Japan, his work interprets the modern izakaya set against a backdrop of Neo-Tokyo, showcasing that sake is for everyone—with SAKΞ bridging the gap between traditional heritage and what is yet to come.