World Sake Day is celebrated on October 1st, and celebrates the great contribution of sake to Japanese culture. Originally a holiday celebrated only in Japan, it is now recognized around the world. People from all over appreciate the unique flavor and traditional ceremony of serving a beverage made from fermented rice.
The Japan Sake and Shochu Producers Association created this day in response to popular demand. Initially, it was known only among producers, but soon ordinary enthusiasts also learned of it. Interestingly, sake is considered one of the healthiest drinks in the world, with anti-cancer properties.
- Sake is low in calories.
- It is made from large rice grains which are washed, soaked, and steamed.
- Its color can vary, depending on its age. Young sake has a lemon hue, while older varieties are amber.
- It was a favored beverage of the samurai, who had strict rules for drinking it, such as sitting upright.
- It can be served both cold and hot, depending on the season. In the summertime, it is best served chilled.
- Due to its low alcohol content (15%), it is almost never consumed straight.
- It is considered improper to pour sake for oneself.
Tradition states that sake was brewed as a drink to give to the gods in exchange for good harvests.
How to take part
Those in Japan are in luck! The Japan Sake and Shochu Information Center hosts an annual gathering of sake lovers. Attendees can sample various types of sake and learn interesting facts about the drink. For those outside of Japan, connect with other sake enthusiasts and purchase a bottle of sake to enjoy on World Sake Day. If your friends have never tried sake before, host a themed party and introduce them to it!
When is World Sake Day in 2023?
World Sake Day is observed on October 1 each year.