Art & Design

Talk : An Introduction to Sake

24 September 2014, London

Sake, or nihonshu, is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is an increasingly popular fixture on menus at bars and restaurants across the UK.  But with such a dizzying array of classifications and often confusing terminology it’s not easy for the uninitiated to know where to start.  

In this special talk, sake expert Oliver Hilton-Johnson (Tengu Sake) joins us to demystify this ancient drink covering everything from the history of sake, how sake is made and its main classifications, to different flavours and suitable food pairings. Also joining us will be sake specialist Rie Yoshitake who will discuss the recent fortunes of Japan’s sake industry, while also introducing the activities of the Sake Samurai Association, an organisation formed by young sake brewers in Japan that works to promote sake in overseas markets.

Following the talk, guests will have the opportunity to sample some of the varieties of sake discussed by our experts. 


This event is free to attend but booking is essential. To reserve a place, please email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to
24 September 2014

The Japan Foundation, 6th Floor, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH


Tel: 020 7436 6695

The Japan Foundation