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America’s Premium Saké Company, SakéOne, Hosts 14th Annual Kura Blessing

25 September, 2012


WHO: America’s premium saké company, SakéOne, will hold its annual kura blessing, Saturday, September 29th.

WHAT: This symbolic, community ceremony with ancient Shinto roots is designed to cleanse the brewery for the year to come. Admission to the kura blessing is free and will be open to the public. The event has always served to raise awareness of Japanese culture and tradition in the local community. The Shinto ceremony will be presided over by the Reverend Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of Granite Falls, Washington. Afterwards, guests can enjoy sake, traditional Japanese cuisine provided by Syun Restaurant of Hillsboro and an exhilarating taiko performance by Monmouth Taiko of Monmouth, OR, a Japanese drumming and dance group.

Following the blessing, there will be a unique tasting at the kura in honor of International Saké Day. A flight of six special imported Japanese saké will be available for purchase ($15 per person, $10 for club members).

WHEN: The ceremony will be held from 10am-12pm, and the saké tasting  will begin at 12pm and end at 4pm on Saturday, September 29, 2012. For more information please contact 1-503-357-7056 x235 or email or visit

WHERE: The events will be held at SakéOne’s brewery at 820 Elm Street in Forest Grove, Oregon.

VISUALS: To view a video of the previous kura blessing, where Reverend Koichi Barrish drizzles saké and tosses flower petals to cleanse the brewery, please click here.

MORE: SakéOne is an importer of Japan’s finest sakés and is America's premium saké company. Founded in 1992, SakéOne has been crafting strictly junmai ginjo quality saké at its state-of-the-art kura (brewery) in the heart of the Willamette Valley: Oregon’s craft beer-brewing, spirits and winemaking mecca. In 2010, SakéOne’s Momokawa “Ruby” Junmai Ginjo earned a silver medal at the prestigious all-Japanese U.S. National Saké Appraisal, no small feat for an American saké producer. Though SakéOne undoubtedly honors tradition, their Oregonian pioneering spirit is constantly evolving and has truly defined Oregon craft saké.  For more information, visit SakéOne’s website at

CONTACT: For additional information and interviews, please contact Charles Communications Associates at or 415|701-9463.

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