Online Sake School with TAJIRI Mariko

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June 25th, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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Join us for a fascinating look into the world of Japan’s national drink with international sake sommelier and educator TAJIRI Mariko. Starting June 25, Mariko will present three independent 90-minute seminars, each addressing a different facet of sake and the culture around its creation and enjoyment. Co-presented by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Japan Foundation, Toronto in conjunction with the online screening of the sake documentary Kampai! For the Love of Sake from July 10 – 12, 2020.

Seminars are conducted over ZOOM. Each is 90 minutes and the fee is $35 per seminar, however connoisseurs taking all 3 seminars will be charged just $95.

If you want to savour as you study, Sake Study Packs featuring three bottles can ordered for home deliver (in the GTA) for $92 through Sake School Kit

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Seminar #1: SAKE 101 (SOLD OUT)
Looks at the basics in terms of how sake is made, the varying types and grades of sake and its history.
Date: Thursday June 25 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Fee: $35

Looks at how to enjoy sake. How should it be served? How it is best paired with food? How does one select the correct temperature and glassware by season and circumstance?
Date: Thursday July 9 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Fee: $35

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As with wine, region and terrior are essential to your sake knowledge. Learn about the important regions, what characteristic you should look for from certain regions and who the best producers are.
Date: Thursday July 23 @ 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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Take all three seminars listed above.
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About Mariko Tajiri

Mariko is an international sake educator and promoter working a National Brand Manager for That’s Life in Canada, a wine and sake importer based in Vancouver and Toronto. She has been working with sake for over 12 years with a portfolio including producers such as Jikon, Sharaku,

Kuheiji, Matsumoto, Hououbiden and Tengumai. Mariko became an IWC (International Wine Challenge) sake judge in 2017. She has done amazing things in the sake world and has been instrumental in putting sake in a different context.

She now teaches with WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust), a wine school based in London, UK and this curriculum has really brought sake education together. She also teaches in BC, Alberta and Ontario.


There is an excellent interview with TAJIRI Mariko here in NIKKEI VOICE > 

July 10 – 12, 2020

Kampai! For the Love of Sake 

Watch this documentary about the exploration of the traditional, complex, and secretive world of sake, often called Japanese rice wine, through the eyes of three distinctive outsiders who have devoted themselves to sake. Details here >


June 25th, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
June 25th, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and The Japan Foundation, Toronto