Japanese Tea and Sake Tasting Experiences
Sake and green tea are synonymous with Japan. Explore the pursuit of perfection in crafting drinks of the highest quality through a series of tasting events in The Shop at Japan House. These include an introduction to sake, where guests can learn more about how it is made, what the labels mean, the different varieties and, of course, sample the flavours. Japanese tea tastings are offered with experts from Ippodo Tea.
Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ippodo Tea has been providing the highest quality Japanese green tea for nearly 300 years. More than just a retailer, Ippodo is directly involved in the procurement and blending of carefully selected tea leaves. Ippodo teas are of the finest class, cultivated in the lush fields of Kyoto and the surrounding area. This region is renowned for producing high grade green tea, thanks largely to its mild misty climate, mineral-rich soil and near-perfect balance of sunshine and rainfall.
Especially for London Craft Week 2019, join us in The Shop at Japan House to taste a range of different types of sake. You'll have the opportunity to learn about manufacturing methods, as well as how to enjoy sake and what foods it can be paired with.
Three to six different types of sake will be served daily throughout the duration of London Craft Week, from Wednesday 8 May until Sunday 12 May. Sake specialists from the distributors and producers will be available to serve the sake and answer questions.
To plan your visit, see which sake breweries are represented daily:
Wednesday 8 May: Nishinoseki 西ノ関
Thursday 9 May: Tamagawa 玉川 and Koshi-no-Kanbai 越乃寒梅
Friday 10 May: Hakkaisan 八海山, Ozeki 大関 and Hakutsuru 白鶴
Saturday 11 May: Takara 宝酒造 and Hakkaisan 八海山
Sunday 12 May: Tamagawa 玉川 and Koshi-no-Kanbai 越乃寒梅
In addition, Japan House London will also hold the exhibition Living Colours: Kasane – The Language of Japanese Colour Combinations, during London Craft Week. The exhibition focusses on natural dyeing techniques and the age-old art of kasane, the creation of Japanese colour combinations; and shines a spotlight on the guardians of this tradition, the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop, a 200-year-old family-run company based in Japan's ancient capital Kyoto. The exhibition continues until Sunday 19 May.