Hyogo hosts IWC 10th anniversary sake tasting

The Sake Samurai Association (SSA), longstanding partner of the International Wine Challenge (IWC), is happy to announce that this year’s world-largest sake competition will be hosted in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture in May. This marks the ten year anniversary of one of the industry’s most well-respected competitions, in addition to one decade of partnership between the IWC and the Sake Samurai Association.

Between the 16th and 18th May 2016, a 54 strong panel of Japanese and non-Japanese Sake judges will blind taste over a thousand Sake entries across a broad range of different styles. Breweries will be entering their best Sakes with the hope of winning Gold, Silver or Bronze medals, IWC Sake Trophies and above all, winning the coveted status of Champion.

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Fukushima Meets Oxford

In conjunction with Oxford University’s Japan Society (OUJS), Yoshitake and Associates and the Sake Samurai Organisation hosted students and residents of Oxford for an evening of dance, music and commemoration, on 10th March, 2016.

Although it is now five years since the saddening events of 2011, the memory of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami remains freshly imprinted in the national psyche. The intention of the evening however was as much about celebration as it was about commemoration – a celebration of the citizens’ strength of spirit and the region’s courageous strides towards recovery.

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