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On Friday June 29th, was held the first « official » tasting session by the Shizuoka Geeks!
As you can see on thepicture above, the atmosphere is slightly different from that of the Tokyo Geeks’ session!
In Shizuoka Prefecture our lot lot tends to be more boisterous and informal than our peers in the Japanese Capital. After all what can you expect when you country boys from New Zealand, England, France and Japan in the same room?
From left to right, back row, Yoshitsuru « Cobra » Konuma, Yuusuke « L’Amant » Watanabe, Ashley Harvey (Kiwi). Second row, Mark Steward (England) and his wife haruna (Japan). As someone had to take the hotograph, you know who is missing.
I was basically the teacher, even to the japanese folks. It might take some time for all to understand all the secrets of our sacred beverage, but we certainly do not lack enthusiasm and gusto. As for manners and professionalism, it is either too early or dwonright impossible (manners?)

Anyway we did tase some beauties and the six of us guzzled down the three bottles on offer in no time!

-nama junmai genshu by Kumpai Brewery (Shizuoka City)
-Junmai ginjo by Hatsukame (Okabe Cho)
-10-year old koshu, junmai ginjo by Doi Brewery/Kaiun (Kakegawa City)
Tasting notes to be posted very soon!

The next session will be held in Hamamatsu by the Hamamatsu Geeks next Friday to taste all the Tokyo sake sent to us by Etsuko and Melinda!