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Happy World Sake Day!

Kampai! Today’s the day to raise a glass to the ricey brew

Posted October 1, 2012 by Mari Taketa

It’s World Sake Day, people!

That’s right, sake has a day all its own, and it’s planetary at that! If you love sake — or even (yes) sake bombs — today’s your day: Raise a glass and know that across this round blue world, you’ll be in good company.

Want to know some other nice things about the ricey brew?

  • It’s one of the most ancient beverages known to man. People have been toasting each other, themselves and the gods for thousands of years, resulting in happy friendships, marriages and countless haiku from sublime to awful.
  • In this country, sake sales have tripled in the last 12 years, and in Honolulu we have more sake-serving restaurants per capita than any other city in America. Which shows you the excellence of tastes in America and the reigning brilliance of tastes right here.
  • Japanese-style, sake is served in tiny cups for a very good reason that has nothing to do with sake bombs: It’s meant to be social! The rule is you never pour your own, so tiny cups mean you’re constantly pouring for each other. Seriously, is there a happier drink?
  • Japanese-style, sake is never drunk with rice. This rule you’re free to break: Sake is wonderful with sushi and almost any dish featuring the mother grain.
  • Sake is also a glorious accompaniment to cheese, chocolate, roast chicken, manapua, kimchee crab poke, duck, chicken liver pate on buttered toast, lobster in truffle butter, foie gras and grilled cheese sandwiches. And many other things I have yet to try.

See? So much to celebrate, and a whole world of sake out there waiting. Wherever you are, kampai! Happy World Sake Day!


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  1. Annoddah_Dave
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    EO:  The trivia question on this Sake Day – Is Sake a wine or beer?

  2. sakeshop
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Kanpai, Happy Sake Day!

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

     @sakeshop same to u, and many many more! can’t wait to raise a celebratory glass w/ u guys!

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

     @Annoddah_Dave here’s ur A: more like beer, but not exactly. it’s brewed (wine isn’t), but in beer conversion of starch to sugar and sugar to alcohol happens in 2 steps; in sake they happen simultaneously.
    u celebrating today, AD?

  5. Melissa808
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    You better not try to test us by the end of Sake Day. I’ll be schlurrrrring

  6. nonstopmari
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

     @Melissa808 don’t worry, once that bottle w/ the 2 snakes came out, i cdn’t even remember my own trivia.

  7. konaish
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Had a great Sake Day celebration! So glad to have the @sakeshop in town, my go-to place for quality & selection. I’ve learned so much about sake from them. 

  8. nonstopmari
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 10:57 pm

     @konaish ditto. did u know there are only 4 dedicated sake shops in this country? in ny, sf, seattle and honolulu. we really are lucky to have @sakeshop 

About Mari Taketa

Mari Taketa is a dedicated eater who's as opinionated as she is hungry. She covered everything from neighborhood mom-and-pop places to ethnic eateries to fine dining restaurants on Honolulu's dining scene for Metromix Honolulu and The Honolulu Advertiser's TGIF. Before that, she ate her way through Vietnam, Scotland and Japan, where she lived, traveled or worked, after recovering from a journalism career that included stints as editor-in-chief of Hawaii Business magazine and reporter and editor at The Associated Press. Her goals are to always be hungry for more, and to always want to know what's around the next corner.

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