Japan and Sports Symposium at SOAS

University of London, 16th May 2023

Sake Samurai UK as been supporting international sporting events such as olympics, rugby, horse racing, tennis, etc. On the 16th May, Dr Helen Macnaughtan at SOAS London University invited us to host the reception at their symposium on Japan and Sport. That was an evening of two major celebrations. One was for the launching of ‘Handbook of Sport and Japan’ co-written by Dr Macnaughtan, and also for the award giving of the Ambassador’s Commendation to Dr Macnaughtan. The evening was held at the theatre hall of the SOAS with her close friends, researchers as well as representatives of institutions involved in sports.

Dr Macnaughtan has spent many years researching gender and sporting issues in Japan and has contributed to developing awareness of Japan’s economy and society in the UK. At the ceremony, Dr Macnaughtan expressed her wish to continue contributing to the friendship between Japan and the UK. Sake Samurai also conveyed our gratification to her interests in sake and promoting it through her activities.