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An Introduction to Sake Brewing in Japan
Sake is so much 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.
On May 7, 2020, Matthieu Zellweger, award-winning photographer, joins us again to introduce you to the heritage of sake brewing. The presentation will be followed by a sake tasting, during which Matthieu will surprise us with new sake-food combinations to explore. Furthermore, through his book Secrets of Rice and Water he unveils in images and texts some of the lesser-known aspects of sake brewing.
18:00 - Doors open
18:30 - Introduction to sake brewing
19:15 - Sake tasting
20:00 - Apéro
Full no-show charge unless registration is cancelled 24 hours before the event.
Matthieu Zellweger, award-winning photographer, grew up in French-speaking Switzerland. His background as a scientist in the field of health and medicine has allowed him to tell stories from a different perspective. As a photographic artist, Matthieu brings a keen eye to the human condition and his poetic insights illuminate the inner landscape of the psyche and make the invisible visible. He has received numerous awards and his cinematic images and essays have been widely published and exhibited on three continents. Matthieu has published two books: Secrets of Rice and Water (2017) and Worlds Beyond (2019). Travelling extensively, he has developed a special interest in Japan’s cultural traditions, particularly the world of sake, which connects the people of Japan with the world of the gods.