World Sake Day - October 1
Sat, Oct 1, 2022

World Sake Day

World Sake Day is celebrated on October 1 and celebrates the great contribution of sake to Japanese culture. Originally celebrated in Japan, the holiday is now known all over the world. People from all over the world appreciate the inexpressible taste and the original ceremony of serving an alcoholic drink from fermented rice.


The Japanese Association of Sake and Shochu Producers (a strong liquor made from rice, rye, sweet potatoes) decided to create a day to celebrate sake by popular demand. At first, the date was known only in the field of production, but soon ordinary amateurs also learned about it. Interestingly, sake is considered to be one of the healthiest drinks in the world with anti-cancer properties.

Interesting facts

Notably, sake:

  • is a low-calorie drink;
  • prepared from large rice – it is washed, soaked, exposed to steam;
  • it can be of different colors: a young drink has lemon shades, old varieties are amber;
  • was a favorite drink for samurai. Moreover, his reception was necessarily according to the rules, for example, with a straightened posture;
  • can be both cooled and heated. It depends on the time of year! For example, in summer it is best to drink chilled;
  • has a small fortress – 15 degrees, so it is almost never eaten;
  • it is not customary to pour oneself.

Tradition says that sake was brewed as a drink to the gods for a good harvest.

How to celebrate

If you’re in Japan, you’re in luck! The Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center gathers sake lovers every year. Here you can taste the drink and learn a lot of interesting things about it! If you’re out of the country, chat with like-minded people and of course get a bottle of the drink to enjoy on World Sake Day. If your friends have never tasted sake, create a themed party for them!

When is World Sake Day in 2022?

World Sake Day is observed on October 1 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday October 1 2022
Sunday October 1 2023
Tuesday October 1 2024
Wednesday October 1 2025
Thursday October 1 2026