It’s maddening, squeezing sake out of tiny plastic pipettes, but it’s like chewing your food slowly — it forces you to slow down and savor. And with 326 premium sake to taste, there was plenty of savoring at the 11th Joy of Sake at the Sheraton Waikiki ballrooms last night.
An hour in, you’ve said hi to all your friends, shared faves, compared the sake cups you just bought.
Two hours in, you’re saying hi to strangers, red faces all around, debating the relative merits of junmai versus ginjo.
At two and a half hours, organizers are blinking the lights on and off and grabbing the remaining bottles off the tables. You forgo the pipettes and start pouring samples directly into your cup.
So was it a success? Judging from the difficulty of getting people to go home, the answer would be hai.
Joy of Sake
Party pics by Melissa Chang