• Nihonshu No Hi 日本酒の日

    Recognised on 1 October annually, Nihonshu no hi 日本酒の日 (International Sake Day), is know as sake day.  It marks the first day of the sake-making season.


    The main reason is related to the character written for SAKE.   The old symbol for sake is 酉, in the form of a jar, and 酉 in Chinese character, signifies the 10th year, the 10th month and the 10th hour in a cycles of 12 in the Chinese Zodiac.  After harvesting, sake-making begins in the fall, usually in October, the 10th month of the year; and the first day of October has been set by the sake industry as “Sake Day” in 1978.

    The current symbol for sake is

     represents liquid / wine

     represents jar