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It’s a good weekend for sake lovers. On Friday, June 14, from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm, the Japan Sake and Shochu Producers Association will hold the 7th Annual Sake Fair at the World Import Mart in Sunshine City in the Ikebukuro in Tokyo. It’s a massive, day-long event (technically, it’s two events in one), and an excellent opportunity to try 400 award winning sake from the National New Sake Contest at Public Tasting, as well as local brews from around the country at the All Sake Exhibition next door.
At 3pm, there will be a special presentation in English by sake guru John Gauntner, followed by a tasting of sake paired with regional dishes. The lecture is free, but you have to sign up in advance, or email Etsuko Nakamura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the All Sake Exhibition is 1,500 JPY, and 3,000 JPY for the Public Tasting. A combined ticket for both events is 4,000 JPY at the door. More details here.
If you can’t make it to the Sake Fair on Friday, check out this tasting of sake from Toyama Prefecture, exhibited alongside one of the area’s specialties, kamaboko fish cakes, on Sunday. Tickets are 2,000 in advance, or 2,500 at the door, from 3pm -5pm at the Kotsukaikan in Yurakucho.