Sake Samurai administration team in Japan
Sake Samurai Chairman
As vice president of Kamoizumi brewery, established back in 1912, Kazuhiro passes down their goal of reviving the traditional Sake making, using only rice and Sake Koji, which began in the 1960s. Kamoizumi has garnered the reputation of a pioneer of Junmai Jozo since 1972 and continues to make good quality Sake with his father Hisao, the third generation of the brewery.
Sake Samurai Vice-Chairman
Sake Samurai Representative to IWC
‘Fukuju’ Kobe Shu-Shin-Kan Brewery, Hyogo
Takenosuke is one of the most remarkable brewers in the sake industry. Having grown up in a brewery with a history stretching back more than 265 years, due to the experience he acquired living overseas he leads today’s sake industry with fresh and innovative ideas.
Sake Samurai Co-ordinator
Managing director of Co-op SACH
Toshie is the pioneer and the mastermind of sake promotion who introduced IWC to Sake Samurai. She is on the front line of various sake promotion activities in Japan.
Sake Samurai administration and logistics
Managing director of Spazio Idea
Director of Co-op SACH
With an extensive knowledge of travel and distribution, Keisuke manages the administration and logistics for Sake Samurai overseas. Activities include sake distribution for the Japanese government.
The Managing Director and fifth generation of the Tsuchiya brewery in Tokyo.
Sakurako is one of the few female kuramotos who is actively enlightening Japanese people with the beauty of sake through her sake courses. Sakurako is in charge of Sake Samurai’s official website in Japan.
Sake Samurai team in the UK
Risa is in charge of general administration and translation for Sake Samurai UK.
Using her expertise in the previous job as a director in a media company, she also organises events alongside Rie Yoshitake.
She is also an associate of Yoshitake & Associates.
The Sake Samurai Association
The Sake Samurai Association was established in 2004 as a junior council for the Japan Sake Brewers Association to protect sake and Japanese traditions at home and to promote them internationally. It has contributed to the increased popularity of sake and Japanese food overseas in recent years.
In ancient times, Japan was known as “the land of abundant reed plains and fresh ears of rice.” Water and rice are at the very heart of Japanese culture. Nurtured over a long history in a beautiful land, Japanese sake, made from these simple ingredients, merges timeless wisdom with sophisticated craft.
In the modern era however, social changes pushed sake, together with other traditional cuisine and customs, toward the periphery of Japanese lifestyle. Sake brewers fear that the pride of the Japanese people is being lost from Japan.
Meanwhile, Japanese food and sake have made remarkable inroads overseas, growing in estimation with each passing year. Japanese food and sake convey the beauty of Japanese culture to the world with the wisdom and knowledge of the Japanese people, and the world in turn has appreciated Japan’s culture.
Since 2006 Sake Samurai has awarded annual ‘Samurai’ titles to individuals for their outstanding contribution to the understanding, appreciation or promotion of sake. The recipients of these titles commit to the upholding of three tenets:
- Love both sake and the beautiful culture of Japan.
- Strive to gain a deeper understanding of sake culture and work on behalf of its further development.
- Spread the word about Japanese sake around the world with pride and passion.
Sake Samurai has also enhanced the international reputation of sake through its association with the International Wine Challenge in London, introducing sake as a category alongside fine wines since 2007.
Sake Samurai Award Recipients
|Corinne Mui||Hong Kong|
|Micky Chan||Hong Kong|
|Elliot James Faber||Japan|
|2015||Tatsuya Iida Alexander||Brazil|
|Antony Moss MW||UK|
|Markus Del Monego||Germany|
|2013||Mr Daisaku Kagokawa||Japan|
|Mr Yoshikazu Hashimura||Japan|
|Mr Hisao Nakahigashi||Japan|
|Ms Etsuko Nakamura||Japan|
|Mr Soji Hiraide||Taiwan|
|Mr Andre Bishop||Australia|
|Mr Chris Johnson||USA|
|Mr John Frank||USA|
|2012||Mr Gitan Otsuru||Japan|
|Mr Takuro Tatsumi||Japan|
|Mr Ayuchi Momose||Hong Kong|
|Ms Chizuko Niikawa- Helton||United States|
|Mr Sylvain Huet||France|
|Ms Yuki Aoi||Japan|
|Ms Satomi Ogawa||Japan|
|Mr Andrew Reed||United Kingdom|
|Mr Ake Nordgren||Sweden|
|Ms Yoshiko Ueno Muller||Germany|
|2010||Ms Saori kawano||United States|
|Ms Mariko Kiyonaga||Japan|
|Mr Mamoru Sugiyama||Japan|
|Mr Keisuke Matsuyama||Japan|
|Mr Yuji Matsumoto||United States|
|Mr Ho Leung Chi||Hong Kong|
|2009||Mr Koji Tanikawa||Japan|
|Mr Yoshihiro Murata||Japan|
|Mr Byoung-Suk Yang||Korea|
|Mr Simon Hofstra||Holland|
|Mr Michael J. Leineweber AIA||United States|
|2008||Mr Yoshihiko Oda||Japan|
|Mr Kenjiro Monji||Japan|
|Mr Tomohiko Shigeyama||Japan|
|Mr Takashi Tamura||Japan|
|Mr Roger Jean Dagorn||United States|
|Mr Jan van Lissum||Holland|
|2007||Ms Rie Seno||Japan|
|Mr Eiichi takahashi||Japan|
|Mr Tetsuya Wakuda||Australia|
|Mr David Wrigley MW||United Kingdom|
|Mr Timothy Sullivan||United States|
|2006||Mr Takeshi Ueshiba||Japan|
|Mr Kenichiro Otake||Japan|
|Ms Tokiko Tato||Japan|
|Mr John Gauntner||Japan|
|Mr Sam Harrop MW||United Kingdom|
|Mr Beau Timken||United States|