Food-themed manga is not new to Japan, but talking about wine? Certainly a new thing in a country known for its sake and beer. That all changed with the publication of Kami no Shizuku (Les Gouttes de Dieu, “The Drops of the Gods”). It follows the trials of a young man tasked with finding 12 legendary wines so he can inherit his father’s collection of rare vintages.
The comic has become so popular that restaurants and wine sellers adjust their stocks according to whatever wine is featured in the latest installment of the manga, because those are the ones sure to sell out. Kami no Shizuku has helped raise the profile of wine in the Far East, spurring sales in Korea, China, and Taiwan. The manga has been spotlighted in the Japan Times, the Daily Mail, and today, a feature in the Dining & Wine section of the New York Times.
Unfortunately, though a French translation has been produced, the same can’t be said for English no release is planned (yet).