Secrets of Rice and Water

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An Introduction to Sake Brewing in Japan

Secrets of Rice and Water

©Matthieu Zellweger

Sake is more than just the national and most popular alcoholic beverage in Japan. No Shinto ceremony is complete without sake, no banquet is left without sake, nor is it devoid of religiously inspired rites.

In a country otherwise known for automating so many processes, the sake brewing so intimately linked to the Japanese identity remains a question of an enormous amount of work and human know-how, that of the Tōji-san, the master brewer. Keeping long lineages of brewers alive, who pass on ancestral knowledge from father to son over centuries, make Sake also a human gateway to the past.

Award-winning photographer Matthieu Zellweger joins us on April 12, 2018, for an introduction to the heritage of sake brewing followed by a sake tasting. Through his book Secrets of Rice and Water, he unveils in images and texts some of the lesser-known aspects of sake brewing.


Matthieu Zellweger

Matthieu Zellweger is an award-winning photographer who grew up in French-speaking Switzerland. He specializes in public health and societal reportage. He is also a fully trained scientist with over 15 years of involvement in public health matters, and a graduate in International Political Economy. His images appeared in various magazines (New York Times, BBC World, Burn Magazine, Der Spiegel online, Le Temps, GEO, NZZ, l'Hebdo, l'Humanité, Jeune Afrique, Phosphore, l'Illustré, Animan). He is represented and distributed by Haytham Pictures/ REA Photo (Paris).

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Thu 12 Apr 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Kaffeehaus zur Weltkugel
Bärengasse 20
8001 Zurich
(Map)

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