Ichishima Sake Masterclass
Born and raised in Shibata City, Kenji Ichishima grew up around the brewery that had been run by his forefathers for generations. However, when he moved to Tokyo for high school, he acquired a taste for freedom that led him to spend four years abroad. Encouraged by his grandfather, who had also spent time outside of Japan, Kenji came to the United States of America and spent time in Atlanta, Georgia and Albany, New York. His time in America rekindled Kenji's awareness of his identity and reminded him of the importance of his family business, and after returning to Japan he decided to enter the sake industry. First at another brewery and then as a delivery boy at his family's own, Kenji learned the business of sake from the bottom up. Since becoming President of Ichishima Shuzo, he has achieved success in developing new products, improving quality, reducing inefficiencies, and discontinuing low-profit business components such as beer wholesaling. In addition to managing his brewery, Kenji is also deeply involved in the larger world of sake. As chairperson of the public relations committee of the Niigata Brewer's Association, he has run the Niigata Sake Festival for the past four years. He is also very involved with the younger generation of brewers both in Niigata and throughout Japan as a former chairperson of the Japan Sake Brewery Junior Council, and a committee vice chairman of Overseas Sake Promotion Committee, Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association.
Kenji Ichishima is one of the most remarkable brewers in the sake industry today. Having grown up in a brewery with a rich history that stretches back more than 200 years, he is new blood who respects tradition and culture but is also willing to consider and implement new methods. In part, because of the experience he acquired living overseas, he leads today's sake industry with fresh and innovative ideas.
Join us as Kenji san teaches us more about sake, and how to appreciate the different sakes from his brewery!
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM SGT
- Three Bistro
- Venue Address
- 6 Raffles Boulevard #01-07/08 Singapore
Alight at City Hall station. Go through citylink, walk all the way to Sushi Express, Thai Express and go up the escalator that is opposite HSBC.
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