Next Friday, October 1, is Saké Day ("Nihonshu no Hi"), which originated over thirty years ago, in 1978, by a declaration of the Japan Saké Brewers Association. It is celebrated worldwide, though celebrations in the Boston area are very sparse.
Why was October 1 chosen? Interestingly, the Chinese character for Saké (酒) is very similar to the Chinese zodiac sign for the Rooster (酉), the tenth sign. Thus, the first day of the tenth month, October, became Saké Day. It is likely also due in part to the fact that October is generally the start of the Saké brewing season.
In celebration of Saké Day, I will be hosting a Saké Grand Tasting with the good people of The Urban Grape. On Saturday, October, from 2pm-5pm, I will be pouring about a dozen different Sakés, showcasing its diversity and range, as well as answering your questions about this excellent Japanese brew. This should be fun, educational and delicious. So come celebrate Saké Day with us.