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SEKIDO Shodo Meets CHRISTOPHER Shochu - Create your own bottle label -

SEKIDO Shodo Meets CHRISTOPHER Shochu - Create your own bottle label -

Oct. 13, 2017 (Fri.)

Location: OnJapan CAFÉ 6-8-1 Jingumae, shibuya-ku tokyo 1500001

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm(door open at 6:30)


Design and draw your own shochu bottle label with the guidance of calligraphy sensei, Naoki Sakaguchi. Let‘s get together for one final shochu party at OnJapan CAFÉ before it takes off for the next adventure. Shochu with food and calligraphy instruction included. The CAFÉ favorite, Tensei Distillery, and local shochu expert, Christopher Pellegrini, will pour drinks and provide commentary on the night's featured shochu. Don't miss this chance to learn about Japanese calligraphy while sipping some fine Kagoshima shochu!

Limited to: 30 guest
5,000 yen per person (tax included) with one drink and snacks set


  • Mr Sekidou Sakaguchi

    Japanese Shodo mentor
    Mr. Sakaguchi is known for the breath of fresh air he brings to traditional calligraphy, evolving Japanese culture with his engaging Shodo performances which he has presented throughout Japan, and internationally. He has been honoured as a Tourist Ambassador for Miyajima Shrine, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hiroshima Prefecture.

  • Mr. Christopher Pellegrini

    Christopher Pellegrini happened upon shochu more than a decade ago, and his curiosity was piqued by the dearth of published information about it. Many years of distillery visits, palate refining, and test taking later, he became one of the few Certified Shochu Sommelier (SSI) to be born outside of Japan. He now spends his time conducting shochu and awamori tastings, writing for various food and drink publications, and consulting restaurants, bars, and distributors on how to bring these drinks into the fold.
    A native of Vermont, Christopher was an accomplished pole vaulter and spent several years working for Otter Creek Brewing where he eventually inhabited the night brewing shift. Little did he know that his experience making good beer would lead him to a career in another high quality drink thousands of miles away. After a year in Spain and two in South Korea, Christopher moved to Tokyo, Japan in 2002, where a distinct lack of craft beer sent him straight into shochu's open arms.
    He has since found a home talking about Japanese food and drinks for an international audience. He is the host of Japan Booze Blind and Ishokudogen, two web series that cater to Japan's culinary fans around the world. Christopher holds an MA in language education from University College London's Institute of Education, and is the English translator of the survival Japanese textbook Konnichiwa, Nihongo! He has also been published in print and online outlets such as Koe andGlobal Insider.

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