former star of japan's national soccer team nakata hidetoshi is producing sake by the name of 'N', made by sake brewery takagi shuzo. the fermented beverage is made from a combination of yamadanishiki and aiyama rice varieties, each grain polished down to 35%, making it a sake of high quality. produced in a limited edition of 900 bottles, nakata wanted to package the traditional japanese spirit in a vessel which was unique and expressed the beauty of the east asian culture. he invited nendo to draft the bottle's form with a few requirements in mind: that the shape of the container be different from the conventional form of a sake bottle, and that the contents be protected from ultraviolet rays. the outcome is a matte black cylinder which looks like a stick of charcoal, with the most subtle dimples sculpted into its body so that it sits well in one's hands when being poured. a cap made from spun aluminium is where the labels are kept, keeping the appearance as minimal as possible.