Free Virtual Seminar Spotlights Sake from Fukushima

Let’s Enjoy Sake at Home—Temperature of Drinking Sake

Thursday, May 7 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Webinar Via Zoom

Admission: Free

The Fukushima Government of Japan will host a free sake webinar to help all sake fans to enjoy the beverage from the comfort of their homes. Since COVID-19 has kept us in quarantine for a while, organizers would like to brighten up the atmosphere and relax a little by having a bit of fun with Fukushima sake.

Fukushima Prefecture is considered to have some of the best sake in all of Japan, receiving the most gold prizes for 7 consecutive years in the Annual Japan Sake Awards.

Sake specialist Chris Johnson, aka The Sake Ninja, will be the guest speaker. He will discuss how to enjoy sake at a wide range of temperatures.

Program Discussion Points

Introduction to Fukushima and its Sake

Sake Webinar—Temperature of Drinking Sake
Introduction—Which is correct: Warm or Cold Sake?
Cold Sake
Room Temperature Sake
Warm & Hot Sake
Kitchen Demonstration: How to chill and heat?
Tasting Time: Fukushima Sake Recommendation


Where to purchase Fukushima Sake

Before the Webinar

Email any questions in advance to

If you would like to taste sake with Johnson during the webinar, you may order them in advance from Fukushima’s partner, Union Square Wines and Spirits, which is operating with curbside-pickup and delivery.

Featured Sake
Honjozo Kira (Suehiro Brewery)
Yamahai Junmai (Kokken Brewery)
Okunomatsu Ginjo (Okunomatsu Brewery)

During the Webinar

Attendees are View-Only participants, but you can join the group chat. Select “Panelists and Attendees” in the chat dropdown. This will allow you to message all the other people in the chat.

You can also use “Q & A” to send your questions to the hosts.

There is a ”Raise Your Hand” feature for all attendees. Please use this if you want to briefly show yourself to others and ask questions

To Register

You must download the ZOOM app to your phone or desktop to participate.

About Chris Johnson

Known as The Sake Ninja, Chris Johnson is a Sake Sommelier and a certified WSET Level 3 Sake Educator. As a Sake Samurai who promotes the merits of Japan’s national beverage, has served as a senior judge for the U.S. National Sake Appraisal since 2000 and a judge for the International Wine Challenge Sake since 2015. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Joy of Sake and the American Sake Association, nonprofit organizations whose missions are rooted in sake education.