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KIKISAKE-SHI is also known as the Sake sommelier. On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the 5th WORLD KIKISAKE-SHI COMPETITION had taken place in HOTEL METROPOLITAN EDMONT TOKYO (in Iidabashi, Tokyo). Among 349 applicants, only the top 11 qualifiers had gathered to determine the champion.
1. Explaining about sake in the second language.
2. Role-playing hospitality exam to introduce the best matching sake or shocyu for the dish as they are serving for customers at a restaurant or a retail shop.
So, SAVOR JAPAN interviewed with Mr. Chang!
Mr. Chang: I am very excited. I am also delighted to see my family from Taipei came all the way to cheer me up.
― At the time of award winner announcement, your family and friends stood up celebrating and saying “congratulation” to you.
Mr. Chang: First, I am hoping the Taiwanese younger generation to gain more interests in sake. Since taxation is very high, the price range of Japanese sake is not reasonable for them. However, I believe that Sake will become more popular once they try. In this way, I think that sake will be more spread and accepted in Taiwan.
― Please, tell us about your vision on near future.
Mr. Chang: I would like to continue learning the spirit of “omotenashi.” And, of course, I will keep enjoying sake.
― Thank you very much, Mr. Chang, and congratulation!
Tutorial movie to learn how to enjoy Sake from the world top KIKISAKE-SHI.
Food and Drink Service Section Winner:
HIROSHI NUMATA （NIHON SHURUI HANBAI CO., LTD.）
YUSUKE MIYASHITA （Fushikino）
The work of KIKISAKE-SHI is not only the tasting skill but also the ability to make people happy through sake. KKISAKE-SHI plays an important role in spreading Japanese sake to the world.
Level up with Sake Tasting Event "Enjoy Sake Lesson and Fun Experience with PRO" on March 26, in Tokyo.
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