When enjoying fine sake, not only is the choice of glass or cup important, it can be half of the experience. In this program, John Gauntner, sake writer and director of the Sake Export Association will speak on various shuki (sake vessels) and explore why masu (wooden square containers) have been used for serving sake, why the white porcelain “bullseye” cups are used for tasting, and how the shapes of the glass/cup affect the tastes on the tongue. He will be joined by Robert Yellin, Japanese pottery specialist, Japan Times columnist, and director of www.e-yakimono.net, who will discuss the rich world of traditional Japanese pottery and explore why ceramic cups and bottles remain the most popular sake vessels.
A tasting of sake from a variety of breweries from around Japan follows.
Attendance limited. Advanced reservation is required.
Tickets: $25; Japan Society members & seniors $20.
- November 6, 2003
- 6:30 pm