Last week, the Yardbird Team traveled to Hyogo, Japan to experience its unique food and beverage culture. Hyogo is a prefecture in the Kansai region on Honshu island. Its capital is Kobe, of “Kobe beef” fame. While it may not be the most famous of Japan's prefectures to the outside world, Hyogo is rich with culinary treasures, great sake breweries, and wonderful people.The crew visited the largest live fish market in the country, Akashi Beer Brewery, as well as three sake breweries in the prefecture: Rairaku Brewery (where Sunday’s Junmai and Junmai Nigori are made), Tsubosaka Brewery (where’s Sunday’s coffee shochu is made), and Chikusen Brewery (whose beautiful sake has been a staple on Yardbird’s beverage menu). They also visited various artisans around Hyogo, including some of the best chefs in the area, a man who specializes in anago (salt-water eel), and an artisanal miso factory.Check out some photos from the trip below, shot by Fung, and stay tuned for more about the team's adventures in Hyogo and Osaka.