ICJS Event:
"Nippon O Kanjiru - A Taste of Japan"

Featuring John Gauntner, "Mr. Sake Guy"
Special Appearance by Tomoko Miki, Japan's Cherry Blossom Queen!

Friday, January 19, 2007
7 p.m. (open at 6 p.m.)
Super Deluxe (Access)
¥1500 (¥1000 with flyer)
Produced by
Temple University, Japan Campus
Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies

*If you are under 20, you will receive 2 soft drink vouchers.

John Gauntner "Mr. Sake Guy"

"The Sake Guy" John Gauntner is acknowledged as one of the world's leading authorities on Japanese sake, and has been instrumental in introducing sake to the English-speaking world. He is also the only non-Japanese member of the Ginjoshu Kenkyu Kikou (Ginjo Sake Research Group), and is the only non-Japanese to have participated as an official taster in a prefectural government tasting. Gauntner is the author of several books on Japanese sake, and writes a column in The Japan Times newspaper, and Metropolis magazine. http://www.sake-world.com

Tomoko Miki

Since 1966, Japan's Cherry Blossom Queens have served as a symbol of the National Flower of Japan. In the course of her two year reign, Tomoko Miki has encouraged activities that foster the planting and nurturing of cherry trees; participated in symbolic tree plantings, and has represented the JCBA and Japan as a good will ambassador in festivals and celebrations throughout the World. http://www.sakuranokai.or.jp

Michiaki Shirota

Michiaki is a Hokkaido based pro-fessional Shamisen player who been playing this traditional Japanese in-strument since he was nine years old. After ranking second in the Nation-wide Tsugaru Shamisen competition, he be-came professional, and has performed with legendary Japanese artists re-presenting ancient traditions of the Japanese Arts.

Kakoudo (Shinsuke & Sei)

Kakoudo are collaborative calligraphy artists who integrate modernist style with traditional Japanese aesthetics. http://kakoudo.nobody.jp


18:00Door Open
19:00CBQ - Opening Speech
19:05Pacific Culture Club (Kado, Shuji and Koto)
20:00Michiaki Shirota (Shamisen)
20:15John Gauntner - Sake Lecture
21:15Sake Tasting
21:30Student Performance
-Soran Dance
-Raga Dance
-Street Dance
-Yuka Miyata

Through the event:
Kakoudo (Art Calligraphy)