Spreading its wings from purely being celebrated in Japan, today is now World Sake Day. Sake brewing always starts in October, and this festival is definitely one that gets marked on the calendar in Japan.
Now, I’ve had some lively nights in Tokyo on sake. I liked the ritual, the cups, the not pouring your own drink. It’s possible I might even have liked the taste. I even brought some back with me. Now, I can’t decide if it’s like retsina and didn’t travel well, or I didn’t read the drink by date, but it never tasted the same again.
They also have beautiful sake sets, ceramic and wood versions. I think this is part of the ritual that I really love; the sets are so beautiful.
Master of Malt has a broader selection of sakes if you want to get serious about this stuff. Starting at just under £10 and running to over £30, you can have a tasting across a number of styles. To go alongside, you might want to look at the sake ware collection over on the House of Sake site. I particularly like their glass versions, very stylish versions which are perfect for lighter sakes.
Celebrate in style
So, sake might be a bit of an acquired taste, but it might brighten up a Sunday night with a slightly different indulgence. You could go all out and get some gyoza on the go, and pull up some random Japanese games shows on YouTube. Or you could just sit back and enjoy a glass or two, with someone else, so you both have someone to pour for.
Non-affiliate link for Japan Centre here.