I have welcomed two men from UK for sake tasting class in Tokyo.
It was their first time to taste sake and I was very exciting to introduce to their first sake.
I have met many Japan visitors from the world in my cooking class who haven't tasted Japanese sake during their stay. I would highly recommend to taste sake for those people to know how sake is wonderful local drink which is great to drink with food and also drink itself.
As you may enjoy drinking and experiencing French wine with French food in France, Drinking sake in Japan with Japanese food is great way to more understand about Japanese food culture and enjoy Japanese food.
The class is not only learning sake products and those tastes, but also how the food influence on sake taste in your mouth also vice versa.
Today's participants gave their expressions about the taste of sake very well, and expressed how does the sake taste and texture influenced on the taste of food.
This session is kind of experiment. I give some clue to match 4 different kinds and taste of sake and 5 kinds of food samples, but the participants can try any combination what they want to. There is no correct answer. We enjoy to exchange of opinions of the taste and deepen the understanding of sake.
I'm always glad to hear the participants enjoyed the pairings and eventually like Japanese sake and willing to try sake during the stay.
Hope you enjoy sake in rest of your stay in Tokyo and Japan!