A couple of months ago, when the popular Sake Walk was cancelled, plenty of weekend plans were dashed, like flotsam, scattered across some cold and craggy Japan coastline. But take heart, friends! The chance to taste an assortment of tasty rice wines is back.
This Thursday, the streets of San Jose’s Japantown will come alive with sake tasting stations. Imbibers may taste a variety of sakes outside the area’s many art studios and restaurants. The event not only serves as a way to explore the rich history and traditions of sake, but also allows visitors to explore the historic neighborhood and it’s businesses.
Check-in will be held at 7 Bamboo Lounge. From there, guests can then meander around at their own speed—stopping at as many tasting stations as they please. There will be 20 sake stations and two Japanese beer-tasting locations at 7 Bamboo Lounge and Jack’s Bar and Lounge. Roy’s Station cafe will be offering free drip coffee during the event.
Included with each ticket is access to sake samples, a custom glass and a sake “passport,” to help keep track of the rice wines visitors enjoyed most. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Japantown Business Association and Yu-Ai Kai. Yu- Ai Kai is a nonprofit senior center that provides services for seniors and their family members including senior day care and social services.