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Sake Nation “World Sake Competition Returns”

By Kosuke Kuji

Before the novel coronavirus pandemic, sake competitions were actively held worldwide, such as the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in England, Kura Master in France, and Joy of Sake in America, etc. Due to the sweeping novel coronavirus pandemic however, these competitions were canceled in droves. Since last year, competitions have been partially simplified, judged by only local judges, or reduced in scale.
This year however, with the three vaccines and the characteristics of the Omicron variant taken into consideration, the coronavirus regulations are relaxing quickly in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, Japan is still maintaining near total isolation. Regulations started to relax in March, with foreign sake competitions welcoming back judges from Japan and other nations, while some competitions are returning to pre-pandemic scale. I’m very thankful to see this happening.
International sake competitions are wonderful for having diversified judges, difficult to find for sake competitions in Japan. Therefore, foreign judges judge sake in a true sense.
Sake is judged by transcending race, religion, word, or ideology, a truly international competition.
This year, I truly look forward to inviting diverse judges for the sake competition. I also wish to take this opportunity to thank the judges in Japan and everyone in the world.



#IWC #JapaneseFood #KuraMaster #Sake

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