Sake Lecture and Tasting with "Mr. Sake Guy" John Gauntner

Friday, February 21, 2003
6:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus Room #213 (Access)
¥500 advance; ¥700 door.
Open to the general public - please register in advance

About John Gauntner

John Gauntner is a longtime Japan resident and is recognized as the leading non-Japanese sake expert in the world. He both speaks and reads Japanese. Originally hailing from Ohio, he worked in his original vocation as an electrical engineer before fate pulled him, although hardly kicking and screaming, into the sake world. Known as "The Sake Guy," he regularly appears in both US and Japanese media promoting the wonders of Japan's national beverage, its history and its culture. He is well known within the sake industry as the window to making sake popular outside of Japan. He has written the "Nihonshu" column (appearing every other Sunday) in the Japan Times for eight straight years, and has published three books on the subject. Other efforts at educating and edifying about sake include a free monthly sake newsletter and an extremely comprehensive and well-designed website at He gives regular speeches and presentations, and holds regular seminars and tastings in both the Japan and the US. He spends most of each winter traveling around Japan, visiting breweries regularly to keep learning.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.