In recent years Japanese sake has become more and more popular, even overseas. In France, America and even Australia, establishments specializing in sake have been increasing. The fact that people from all over the world have taken interest in Japan’s very own unique kind of alcohol is an honor for all Japanese people.Japanese sake was said to be first brewed in Japan using rice crops during the Yayoi Era (5th to 10th century B.C.). There are records of that time about how sake was actually made; stating that already chewed rice was put into containers for fermentation. Even now it is hard to believe that the adhesion of saliva to the rice mixed with yeast in the air could result in such a product.In recent years and in many different parts of the country, people are working very hard to make use of harvested rice and are striving to make the best possible sake, loved by not only Japanese people, but by people all over the world.Brewers from all over the country will gather in Asakusa on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 for an all-you-can-drink sake tasting event, where you can try over 30 different brands of sake. Bar-hopping While Walking the Streets of AsakusaBrewers from all over the country have awaited the opportunity to set up their own stalls in Asakusa for this event. In other words, in order to drink the sake you want from the brewery you want, you’ll have to go around to where they are set up waiting for you. Now that’s quite a unique, healthy event, is it not?On your way to each brewery, you can enjoy the atmosphere of Asakusa as well as experience some of the finer Asakusa cuisines. And while walking and eating, you can get your fill of all Asakusa has to offer as well as all the delicious sake you can drink.Event CharacteristicsEnjoy Seasonal Sake – Hiyaoroshi Although this sake is usually limited to the beginning of spring, if the temperature outside after the summer is over and the temperature inside the storehouses are roughly the same, the sake can mature under the right conditions which makes for a nice, mild flavor. And that mellow, fully developed flavor that you can enjoy is called Hiyaoroshi, the seasonal sake that’s a perfect match for all the wonderful foods of autumn. 10 Breweries from all over Japan Gather in Asakusa!You’ll have the rare chance to speak face to face with the brewers so whether you’re a novice to the sake game or a connoisseur looking for more detailed knowledge, you’ll be able to learn more about Japanese sake. And more importantly, you’ll be able to experience the true taste of sake along with its creator. Shibuya’s Event – Also a Great Success By taking part in Asakusa’s Japanese sake event, you’ll be able to communicate with a wide range of people from all over the world who’ve come to experience the wonder that is Japan. All This Happening Right in Japan’s Leading Tourist Destination!This event is for you to enjoy Asakusa cuisine and Japanese sake from all over the country while walking around the city taking in all the traditional sights, like Sensoji’s Kaminarimon Gate. Asakusa is known for always being bustling with tourists from around the globe. This Japanese sake event also used to be held in Shibuya.In May, 2015, thousands of people gathered in Shibuya’s Miyashita Park for the SHIBUYA SAKE FESTIVAL, where they drank and enjoyed themselves throughout the day.This time, the venue was changed to Asakusa so that people could sightsee while at the same time enjoy Japanese sake. Talk about an event that kills two birds with one stone!InformationKURAND ASAKUSA SAKE FESTIVAL 2015Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015Time: 12:00-15:00 *Reception and the event both start at 12:00.Venue: Around the city of AsakusaReception Location: KURAND SAKE MARKET, Asakusa Store (Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 1-43-10 Lex Asakusa B1)Price: Advance tickets are 3,000 yen (limited to the first 300 people) / Tickets on the day of the event are 3,500 yen. (Includes all-you-can-drink sake. Food is separate.)Participating Breweries: Kitaoka Main Store (Nara)/Kanbai Brewing Co. (Saitama)/Ishikawa Brewing Co. (Tokyo)/Takarayama Brewing Co. (Niigata)/Umeda Brewery (Hiroshima)/Inata Main Store (Tottori)/Kikunotsukasa Brewing Co. (Iwate)/Shuho Brewing Co. (Yamagata)/Tsuchida Brewing Co. (Gunma)/Mikunihare Brewing Co. (Toyama)Participating Restaurants: KURAND SAKE MARKET in Asakusa / Asakusa Oto / Asakusa CAFÉ&BAR Rio / CafeRest’CuznHomeGRound / Kaisenshunsaiyama / MATCHA / Omote no Kura / Kaname Kitchen*KURAND SAKE MARKET in Asakusa and MATCHA only serve alcohol. They do not serve food. Even so, you’ll be allowed to bring in food from other establishments.Schedule on the Day: Reception starts at the same time as the event. Handouts (tasting cup, access pass, map, flyers, etc.) are to be picked up and then you are free to walk around while enjoying your fill of food and drink. Sake will finish being served and the event will end at 3:00 PM.Event Website: Click HereTicket Website: Click HereSponsored by: KURANDCo-sponsored by: MATCHAManaged by: Liquor Innovation Corporation
A seven member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will leave for India today for crucial talks with the Indian government.The delegation led by TNA leader R. Sambanthan will include Suresh Premachandran, M.A Sumanthiran, Mavai Senathirajah and Selvam Adaikalanathan. Meanwhile a senior leader in the group told The Hindu newspaper that New Delhi must convey to the Sri Lankan leadership that long lasting peace can only come through meaningful devolution. Prior to their departure to New Delhi the TNA delegation had met in Colombo yesterday and had a special discussion regarding their agenda for the talks in India. “The PSC has 31 members. We will have 5 members. They will suggest to scrap the 13th Amendment…Their agenda for the PSC is to take away the 13th Amendment,” he said.That is why, Mr. Sumanthiran said, the TNA had made its participation in the PSC conditional to a guarantee from the government that the agenda for discussions would not go below a certain existing devolution threshold.The TNA has said it wants the PSC to discuss five existing documents on devolution, prepared by the previous governments and the Rajapaksa government. However, before that “intense talks” between the Tamil grouping and the government were needed for consensus on a solution, it said. A senior Sri Lankan Minister, on the other hand, said it wanted India to use its good offices to prevail upon the Tamil political grouping to agree to a Parliamentary Select Committee process for hammering out a solution.Amid speculation here that the TNA had been “summoned” to New Delhi to be told to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee — announced by the Rajapaksa government — TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said he feared that the committee would be used as an instrument to scrap the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which provides for limited devolution of power to the provinces. Dismissing the TNA’s fears as “unfounded”, Foreign Minister G.L. Pieris told The Hindu that had the aim been to scrap the 13th Amendment, it could be done directly in Parliament, as the government had a two-thirds majority.