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New events for sake and Et-chan

After returning from our trip to Indonesia this summer, I put all my new energy and focus into a new business project, kicked-off the web site, and started a simple, new Japan photo blog for all my travels. That kept me busy at the keyboard, but away from Tokyofoodcast. If you were thinking that maybe I had succumbed to the everlasting Tokyo heat and given up on sake for a while, it’s exactly the opposite. Since we came back to Tokyo at the end of August, we have been busy trying new nihonshu and catching up with the sake society.

Mid-September through October is a whirlwind of sake events rushing all around Japan. After the summer, breweries are busy getting ready for the brewing season. Sake shops are consumed with hiyaoroshi . Then, the fall sake events burst out all over.

I like going to these events, especially those featuring a certain prefecture or area. These work best for me with ten to fifteen breweries, but sometimes you’ll find up to 100 breweries to keep track of as you sip your way around a hotel ballroom. How does it work? You can sample a small cup of several varieties of sake from one brewery and chat with staff representing that kura–sometimes even the actual brewmaster. So, I love the opportunity to discover breweries I did not know about, or chat with the actual sake makers that I’d only known before through their bottles.

Many events may be casual and fun, but the preparation is important. Buying advance tickets is often a must for many fall sake tastings. Use either bank wire transfers or the post office to make sure you get a ticket or you may be disappointed. On the other hand, this fall, I spotted a few events that do not require so much planning ahead of time. Check out the list below at Tokyofoodcast event page.

1.
Date: 9/20/2008 (Sat)
Event: Toyama Sake and Kamaboko Tasting

2.
Date: 9/20/2008 (Sat)
Event: Smile Nihonshu

3.
Date: 9/26/2008 and 9/27/2008 (Fri and Sat)
Event: Nara Sake Promotional Event “Shuto Nara”

4.
Date: 10/1/2008 (Wed)
Event: Saitama Sake Tasting

5.
Date: 10/13/2008 (Monday, Holiday)
Event: Shimane Sake Tasting

6.
Date: 10/28/2008 (Tue)
Event: Ginjo wo tanoshimu kai, Ginjoshu Tasting 1st session

7.
Date: 10/28/2008 (Tue)
Event: Ginjo wo tanoshimu kai, Ginjoshu Tasting 2nd session

There might be last minute changes, so to be absolutely sure, please contact the event organizer for details. Hope to see many of you at these events!

Discussion

4 Responses to “New events for sake and Et-chan”

  1. I miss you guys! I miss Japan! Waaaahhh! Have a great time at all these events.

    Posted by Jocelyn | September 19, 2008, 10:53 pm
  2. Oh my God, take me back to Shimane! Remember how much fun we had at that tasting last year?

    Can’t wait to hear about your trip, too! I’m off to Kyoto at the end of the month, but I’ve got my eye on the 3rd. And, of course, there’s Shizuoka on the agenda!

    Take care,
    Mel

    Posted by Melinda | September 23, 2008, 3:34 pm
  3. Jocelyn,
    Come back soon!!! Good sake is waiting for you guys!

    Melinda,
    Have fun in Kyoto! I have one extra ticket for Saitama, if you can make it, to save you 300 yen…

    Posted by et-chan | September 24, 2008, 9:31 pm
  4. Dear Etsuko!
    Greetings!
    Suffered a crash (PC) yesterday and lost all my ‘&&%$$%%#$e-mails!
    Just to tell you that the appointment with Oomuraya-Wakatake Brewery interview on the 8th is confirmed!
    Please send me a mail for my mail-list!
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

    Posted by Robert-Gilles Martineau | September 25, 2008, 9:57 am

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