Learn from the masters this World Sake Day, and join TimeOut’s top 100 restaurant Sakagura for a line-up of unmissable, educational experiences all in celebration of the authentic Japanese rice wine.
A significant day on the Japanese calendar, World Sake Day, or "Nihonshu no Hi" as it’s known in Japan, is an annual celebration that traditionally takes place on 1st October (the beginning of the 10th month) to mark the start of the sake-making season.
Dating back to 1978, the tradition not only recognises sake and its contributions to Japanese culture, but commemorates its history and the numerous skilled brewers who create it.
In a nod to this special Japanese occasion, Sakagura has created a calendar of events for all, whether you’re a sake novice or a sipping expert.
JOIN THE SAKE TASTING JOURNEY
Tuesday 10th October
The pinnacle of its World Sake Day festivities, on Tuesday 10th October, Sakagura will be hosting a mini sake festival during the evening, playing host to ten authentic sake breweries from across Japan, including Keigetsu (Shikoku), Take-No-Tsuyu (Yamagata), Kasumi-Tsuru (Hyogo), Choya (Osaka), Gekkeikan (Kyoto) and much more.
Expect an evening full of discovery, education and spirited conversations, as you travel from stall to stall, taking tips from the sake breweries and trying each of their delicious sakes, all to the harmonic sounds of a traditional live Tsugaru Shamisen.
Whilst discovering the wonders of sake, you can also indulge on mini appetisers of Sakagura’s delicious Japanese cuisine, served in traditional wooden boats throughout the evening.
Tickets are priced at £30 per person, with time slots available between 6pm-10pm.
To book your place, visit https://sakaguralondon.com/events or head to Sakagura at 8 Heddon Street, W1B 4BU.
Note: Sakagura kindly request that all those booking tickets, please advise on dietary requirements when booking
BREAKING THE BARREL “KAGAMI BIRAKI”
Friday 29th September – Sunday 1st October - please note this event has passed
For one weekend only experience the traditional ceremony of ‘Kagami Biraki’, taking place on the hour, every day, from 6pm – 10pm at Sakagura’s Sake Bar.
Literally translating to "Opening the Mirror" (from an abstinence) or "Breaking of the Mochi” Kagami Biraki refers to the opening of a Kagami mochi or the opening of a cask of Sake at a party or ceremony.*
Sakagura invites you to take part and enjoy a complimentary sake from a traditional masu cup, as part of its World Sake Day celebrations. You can even purchase flights of sake and mini barrels to host your very own ‘Kagami Biraki’ at tables too.