World Sake Day 日本酒の日 – Yukino’s Recommendations
October 1st is SAKE DAY
Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association (JSS) has set October 1st as “Sake Day” in 1978 with the wish to impart the identity of sake, the national beverage of Japan, to future generations and to deepen the love and understanding for it.
In Japan, the Chinese Zodiac of 12 animals was originally used to represent the months of the year.
The 10th, the “rooster”, is represented with the character 「酉」 and is read as “tori (bird)”.
It was originally the symbol representing the shape of a jar, meaning “sake or liquor.”
October is when the new rice is harvested and when the sake-making begins. Therefore, October 1st was said to be the New Year’s Day of sake brewing.