Ask Beau - "Why Are You In Japan At The Moment?"
The quick answer is that I am killing several birds with one boulder. Does that work? It has to because I cannot think of any other analogy for doing multiple things on top of doing one major thing.
I was invited to participate in the 10th Anniversary Honorary Ceremony of the SSI Kikisake-shi program in Tokyo. (I obtained their SSI Sake Sommelier License - Kikisake-shi - many moons ago and have helped them with International Sommelier Tasting competitions and teaching coursework.) On Oct 8th I will receive an "Honorary Title" to commemorate the decade of professionalizing sake. Click here to see last year's event:
10th Anniversary Honorary Ceremony of the SSI Kikisake-shi
I will also go to Fukushima Prefecture to visit the very well-known Daishichi brewery - makers of delicious Kimoto sakes (Think Minowamon) to do an interview for one of my favorite food and sake magazines in Japan called Dancyu.
Then I am off to visit Yamagata Prefecture to take in five different breweries in two days. The highlight of this excursion - other than staying in the log cabin home of a very well known brewer - is to sit in on a meeting of all the brewers (or representatives) in Yamagata , who will be doing a sort of state of the union with an emphasis on local brewing techniques. (This should be superb!)
I will finish in Kyoto by attending this year's induction ceremony of the Sake Samurai selection for 2009. (If you recall I was a proud participant of the inaugural ceremony.) I will also be working on the Mukune International Sake Brewing Program with Yasutaka Daimon for the 2010 offering.
Mixed in between these grand occasions I will try my best to learn as much as possible in various watering holes - to determine the latest and greatest sake trends in Japan. LOL - sake trends! That's funny. Point being I will try to gain a pulse on all things sake from a visitor's perspective. All doom? A little gloom? Or are we very near the sake boom that I have been predicting for a while - before that damn world economic collapse.
Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2 @ truesake.com. (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All other correspondence should use info @ truesake.com.)