With just 10 days left to go, read on for everything you need to know about International Sake Day, and details of all the festivities taking place in London from 30th September – 1st October 2015.
The 1st October is one of the most significant days in the Sake calendar, and indeed, the Japanese calendar. Otherwise known as Sake Day, or “Nihonshu no hi”, it marks the first day of the sake-making season, as Sake is brewed in autumn and winter.
The 1st October, in other words, is Sake’s ‘New Year’s Day’. The date is also of important for symbolic reasons, because the tenth year, hour and month are represented in the Chinese zodiac system by an ancient character that is also the old symbol for sake*:
So what have our UK importers and restaurants got in store for this year’s “New Year” celebrations?
*The modern symbol has an added three strokes on the left side, identical to the Chinese character for “alcohol”:
Events on Wednesday, 30th September:
The Terroir of Yamagata Prefecture & Dewazakura Brewery
Hosted by Honami Matsumoto
Wednesday, 30th Sept 6.30 – 8.30pm
Following the success of Hedonism’s recent Sake Summer Showcase, Hedonism have welcomed back Honami Matusmoto to host another fantastic masterclass.
Honami will be joined by 5th generation brewers Akari & Shotaro Nakano of Dewazakura to present a number of their very fine Sake & talk about the terroir of Yamagata Prefecture.
The evening will also feature cuisine provided by one of London’s finest Japanese restaurants, Kikuchi. Each dish has been hand-selected to match a specific Sake.
Guests will sample Tobiroku Sparkling Sake, Oka Ginjo, Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo, Izumi Judan Ginjo Genshu, Omachi Junmai Ginjo, Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo & Yuki ManMan Daiginjo 5 Years Matured.
Events on Thursday, 1st October:
Japan Centre in Piccadilly will be offering 20% off all Gekkeikan sake bought in store on the day. Sake sampling at Japan Centre will be held on the day between 3-6pm, with Naoyuki Torisawa, Japan Centre’s sake sommelier.
The 1st October will also see the launch of renowned sake brewers, Gekkeikan’s new Master Cooking Competition in collaboration with Japan Centre. For more information see here.
For the complimentary sake, Shoryu Ramen will offer Gekkeikan Namasake, which is unlike other types of Sake as it is unpasterurised for a stronger taste and aroma.
The flight of Sakes, will include three Gekkeikan Sakes – Junmai Kome to Mizu, a dry, mellow Sake, Namazake, with the name literally meaning ‘natural Sake’ and Nigori, a sweeter, creamier Sake. All of these choices have been especially chosen by Vicky Vittoria Vecchione, bar manager and mixologist for Shoryu Ramen.
Celebrate World Sake Day on October 1st. From 5:30 PM until close, SUSHISAMBA will . . .
Craft a creative range of sake-infused cocktails, including:
ICHIJIKU CLOUD £14 – Enoki Shuzo sake, fig, fino sherry and a blend of chocolate and soy bitters. Stirred with ice until icy cold and served ‘up.’
SAKE SPRITZ £14 – Takashimizu Sake, dry cacao liqueur, lemon juice and a cherry and cacao bitters blend. Served over ice and spritzed with prosecco.
Feature a Kimono performance,
where dressed in traditional garb, Geisha will be serving sake to guests throughout the celebration during the night’s festivities.
Serve sake-inspired dishes created by our chefs,
who have seized inspiration from International Sake Day to breathe some sake spirit to their culinary craft.
SEA BASS SEVICHE £14 – sea bass, yuzu sake, orange, yuzu pearls, maize morado, nasturtium
SAKE SORBET £9 – quince sake sorbet, hazelnut, fig purée
To book: +44 (0)203 640 7330 or email: [email protected]
Tengu Sake is kicking off World Sake Day 2015 at 6:30pm with a Sake Masterclass hosted by experts Tengu Sake. There’ll be a variety of Sakes to try: different types, styles and regionalities. They’ll also be talking about temperature and food pairings, with nibbles for people to try with the Sake.
Then, at 8pm, the party starts in true PimpShuei style. The collaboration with Tengu Sake means Sake both by the glass, straight from the barrel as well as some superb Sake cocktails. All this mixed in with PimpShuei’s signature cocktails, retro arcade machines and killer Kung Fu theme. Also present will be Double Dragon Sound Systems on the decks to provide some chilled tunes.
A night to remember so come on down for your sake fix!
World Sake Imports is organizing a seven-course food and sake-pairing menu at renowned Matsuri, on the first October. For a peek ahead at the magnificent menu, see below. To book your seat, call 020 7839 1101 – last few places remaining!