Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Kanpai! Celebrate Sake Day On October 1
--Otomo no Tabito
It is nearly that time again, the time to embrace and celebrate the multitudinous marvels of Sake. On Tuesday, October 1, raise an ochoko (or wine glass) of Sake and toast Kanpai to Nihonshu no Hi, Sake Day.
Thirty five years ago, in 1978, the Japan Saké Brewers Association declared that October 1 would hence forth be known as Sake Day, a holiday which is now celebrated worldwide, anywhere that Sake is drank and loved. It is much older than nearly all of the "wine grape" days which are now celebrated each year. Will you be celebrating Sake Day too?
Why was October 1 chosen? First, it is partially due to the fact that October is traditionally the start of the Sake brewing season. In addition, the Chinese character for Sake (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 Sake Day.
All About Sake page, which contains over 90 links to Sake educational articles I have written over the years, as well as lists of other Sake resources for additional reading. There are articles on basic Sake info to more detailed articles on pairing Sake with food. You can also check out my Collected Sake Reviews, covering over 125 Sakes. And if you have any Sake specific questions, feel free to drop me an email or contact me online.
Tipsy Sensei books, which are about a Sake expert in Boston who learns that legendary creatures out of Japanese folklore are real. The saga starts in The Tipsy Sensei & Others, which also includes 5 unrelated food/wine short stories, and continues in Demons, Gods & Sake, the first Tipsy Sensei novel. The next novel in the series, Hand Fed Tigers, should be published in October. All of stories have received very good reviews and if you own a computer, you can read the stories through the free Kindle Apps. You do NOT need an actual Kindle to read this stories.
Follow the advice of Otomo no Tabito and be wise by drinking Sake. Will you celebrate Sake Day? If so,what will you do?