IWC Sake Judging

24-26th April 2017, The Oval London

In 2016, a memorable trip to Hyogo prefecture in Japan was organised to commemorate the 10th anniversary of IWC Sake Competition.

This year, IWC sake judging returned to London with the highest number of sake entries on record. Over three days, 60 judges from 14 countries judged 1246 sakes to determine the medallists, trophy winners and of course the Grand Champion.

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Sake Outreach in Poland

Embassy of Japan in Warsaw, 27th March 2017

JETRO in Poland invited Rie Yoshitake to promote sake to the food and beverage industry at the Embassy of Japan in Warsaw. Local restaurants, bar owners and those in hospitality were invited to gain more insight into a drink that has been growing in popularity over the years, driven by the rising popularity of Japanese cuisine.

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Sake Tasting for the Foreign Press Association

22nd March, Minister’s Residence

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) is one of the oldest clubs for foreign correspondents, based in London. Members of the FPA in London were invited to a reception and sake lecture at the Japan Minister’s residence in London.

Hosted by Minister Plenipotentiary Motohiko Kato, the event was designed to broadcast sake culture across the globe, through the voices and understanding of the foreign press.

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Sake Celebrates JET 30th Anniversary

15th March 2017, UK Houses of Parliament

The British Japanese Parliamentary Group (BJPG) and JETAAUK hosted a beautiful reception to celebrate 30 years since British participants on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) Programme first returned to the UK from Japan, in 1987 . More than 200 guests from all areas of the Anglo–Japanese community, including government, business, universities, organisations and JET alumni attended.

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Gateway to the West – Introducing sake from Kyushu Island

7th March, Morton’s Club Mayfair

On 7th March, Nishinoseki sake made its debut in the UK. Nishinoseki, meaning both “Gateway to the West” and “Champion of the West”, is one of the rare sake houses that faithfully conveys the long-loved and authentic taste of Kyushu and Southern Japan in its brews.

The brewery made the decision to export to the UK after the success of the Beppu and Bath friendship event which Nishinoseki sponsored on International Sake Day 2016.

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Sake hospitality at the Japan Securities Summit in London

7th March, Mansion House

The Japan Securities Association hosts a biannual summit on investment relating to Japan in London and Sake Samurai UK were delighted to host a sake reception at the 2017 edition.

Finance professionals were able to try a variety of sake, from sparkling to dessert sake, and learn about the different categories and flavour profiles.

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Japanese Film and Sake Roadshow UK

February and March 2017

Taking inspiration from Charlie Chaplin’s famous quote “Life is a desire, not a meaning”, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2017 featured an all-encompassing introduction to Japanese cinema through the prism of “desires, hopes and impulses”. Presenting films by established and up-and-coming directors, animation, documentary and classics, this year’s programme provided a vivid insight into what drives human action.

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Sake at Japan Week in Scotland

21st February 2017

Sake Samurai UK were proud to support the second sake event to take place in Scotland this February 21st.  Organised by the Consulate of Japan in Scotland, the event was held at the University of Stirling in order to introduce sake culture to academics and university students.

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Wentworth Golf Club Hosts First Sake Dinner

4th and 18th February 2017

Over the years, Sake Samurai UK has worked to spread Sake culture through different fields, including the City, the Diplomatic Services, the Arts, academic institutions and sporting circles.

Having had great success introducing Sake to the rugby world, this February saw the start of a long relationship between golf and sake. The partnership was enthusiastically initiated with the help of Ambassador Tsuruoka, an avid golfer.

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