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The Sake Communicator Award - call for entries

Published:  04 April, 2011

The Sake Samurai Association, in partnership with the International Wine Challenge, is offering bloggers, wine writers and journalists the chance to win all expenses paid trip to Japan.

The winner of The Sake Communicator Award will visit five prefectures and meet five Kuramotos (sake producers) for one week between late February and early March 2012.

To be in with a chance of winning, each entrant should write a blog post or article on the subject on sake, published between April 1 and July 29, 2011. This can be based on introducing the basics of sake to the wider public or focusing in more detail on a specific style for your readers.

Members of the Sake Samurai Association will host the winner throughout the entire trip.

An IWC spokesman said: "By no means undermining the scale of the recent tragedy, most of the kuramotos ancestors have been challenged by tsunamis and earthquakes in the past, as well as war and hunger, and have worked together to overcome these issues to create a strong long-lasting sake industry that still thrives today. This generation of kuramotos plan to use the experiences and skills of their forefathers to lift themselves out of this most recent disaster.

"As Sake is not only a drink nor a business but an irreplaceable part of Japanese culture, there is no time more suitable than now to encourage the popularity of this rice wine."

The closing date for receipt of entries is July 29. Email a link to your blog post or pdf attachment of the featured piece to

The winner will be notified by August 12 and will be a guest of the Sake Samurai Association at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner, Hilton Park Lane, London on September 6 where they will receive an award on stage.