WOMEN IN SAKE PROJECT 

Highlighting Women's Achievements & Contributions to the Craft of Sake  
日本酒の世界でわくわくする様な素敵な活動&貢献をされてる世界の女性達 

 

 

 

 

OBJECTIVE 

To highlight women working with Sake and their achievements & contributions, especially focusing on small-scale brewers, and women who may not be well known, but doing amazing work in Sake.  

Often times, women's contributions are less recognized in many industries, including in the Sake industry. (Women were actually 'banned' from Sake brewing for centuries until relatively recently, even though they were the first brewers). 

Now, things are different. In my Sake journey, I've been lucky to meet some fantastic people working in various capacities contributing to the craft. Not to exclude men, but to acknowledge these inspiring women's contributions which may not be known enough. With the hope of renewed gender awareness in Sake, inspiration, and ultimately the spread of more Sake Love!

 

日本酒界で頑張ってる女性達をハイライト。 特に小規模&ブテイークな蔵や海外であまり知られてない様々なキャパシテイで頑張ってる女性達にフォーカス。彼女達の存在と歩んで来た道を知る事により、海外&日本の女性達(+男性)にもインスピレーション&励みに。同時に日本酒への好奇心・興味を促して、日本酒全般のファンが増える願いも込めて。国連でジェンダーに携わっていた日本酒学講師の小さな新しいプロジェクト。

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File #1: Fumiko Shintani, Toji - Master Brewer, Shintani Brewery, Yamaguchi 

新谷文子氏・新谷酒造・杜氏(山口県)

File #2: Midori Okazaki, Toji - Master Brewer, Okazaki Brewery, Nagano 

岡崎美都里氏・岡崎酒造・杜氏(長野県)

File #3: Simone Maynard "Sake Mistress" (Sake Promotion & Education), Australia 

シモーヌ・メイナード氏・「酒ミストレス」(オーストラリア)

File #4: Maiko Tsuji, Toji - Master Brewer, Gozenshu (Tsuji Honten) Brewery, Okayama

辻麻衣子氏・辻本店・御前酒 蔵元 杜氏 (岡山県)

File #5 : Kuniko Fujita, “Madame Saké au Québec”

藤田邦子氏「マダム・酒・オ・ケベック」(カナダ)

File #6: Rumiko Moriki, Managing Director & Former Toji (Master Brewer),

Moriki Brewery, Mie 

森喜るみ子氏・森喜酒造 専務(元・杜氏) (三重県)

File #7 : Sachiko Miyagi, Sake Expert, Tippsy Sake (USA)

宮城幸子氏・テイプシー・サケ・日本酒エキスパート(米国)

File #8: Yuri Shiraso, President-Designate, Shiraso Brewery, Tochigi

白相友梨氏・白相酒造 (栃木県) 

 

File #9: Kuniko Mukai, Toji: Master Brewer, Mukai Brewery (Kyoto)

向井久仁子氏・向井酒造・

杜氏(京都府)

File #10: Pao Jumin, Sake Educator, Taiwan 日本酒学講師・包睿敏氏 (台湾)

File #11: Erika Haigh, Director & Co-Owner, Moto London (UK) London's first independent Sake bar


エリカ・ヘイグ氏

イギリス初の日本酒バー MOTO ディレクター兼共同オーナー

File #12: Monica Samuels, Sake Samurai

Director of Sake & Spirits, Vine Connections (USA)

モニカ・サミュエル氏

「酒サムライ」

ヴァイン・コネクション 日本酒 & スピリッツ・デイレクター(米国)

File #13: Rumiko Obata 
Executive Vice President/5th Generation Owner, Obata Brewery, Niigata

尾畑留美子氏
尾畑酒造・五代目蔵元(新潟)

File #14: Chizuko Niikawa-Helton

Sake Samurai

CEO, Sake Discoveries LLC & Okanban of Sake Caliente

新川智慈子氏「酒サムライ」叙任者

サケ・デイスカバリーズLLC 社長・サケカリエンテ お燗番(米国)

File #15: 

Mariko Léveillé, Deputy Toji (Deputy Master Brewer), Wakaze Brewery, France

マリコ・レヴェイエ氏・副杜氏

ワカゼ酒造(フランス)

File #16: Miho Fujita

President, Mioya Brewery

御祖酒造・代表取締役・藤田美穂氏

 

All Interviews on Instagram too!

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Why: Concept Background

 

Before I became a Sake Lover, I worked with the United Nations on Urban Policy, Gender Equality & Women's Rights, posted in Asia (Vietnam, Thailand) & Africa (Kenya) for nearly a decade. The women I met were inspiring, full of struggles, joys, and wisdom, despite socio-economic barriers. As I embarked on my Sake journey, I was excited to similarly meet a growing minority of great women doing creative work in various capacities in the Sake world.

In my Sake Workshops when I share these women's achievements, participants are thrilled and want to know more. It is obviously unrealistic to expect everyone to come to my workshops. So, this is an experiment to share my Sake & Gender passion digitally in a free and open format. Money-wise: There is no money involved in either direction between myself and these great women. Personally, it is such a fun privilege to get to have a in-depth conversation with these inspiring people.

 

コンセプト 背景

 

筆者が国連時代にアフリカ(ケニア)&アジア(ベトナム・タイ)で女性のエンパワメント・貧困撲滅等に携わっていた時にフィールドで数多くの無名だけれども、パワフルな女性達に出会った。様々な経済的・社会的バリアを克服しながら頑張っていて、彼女達に感動させられた。そして、今、日本酒好きが高じて、キャリア・シフトし、日本酒学講師として日本酒の世界を覗いてみたら、従来男性が主役だった日本酒の世界に、今はどんどん女性が活躍されていて、クリエイティブで素晴らしい仕事をされてる。それを見て、わくわく心が踊り、それを是非、出来れば世界にお伝えしたいと思った事がこのコンセプトの始まり。特に小規模の蔵やあまり(特に海外に)知られてない、影で頑張ってらっしゃる女性にフォーカス。

日本酒のワークショップを開催する度に日本酒界の女性の活躍振りをお話すると、海外の参加者の方は、「それは知らなかった・素敵・もっと知りたい!」といつも興味を持ってくださる。皆にワークショップに来て頂くのには物理的に限りがあるし、私が伝えるよりも、ご本人達がご自分の言葉でお伝えする方がより良いし、他の方法はないかな、と思っていたところ、皆にオープンなデジタル版でお届けしてみる事に!日本酒自体についての情報は既に沢山あるので、このプロジェクトは日本酒界の様々な女性の活躍ぶりにフォーカス。

個人的には、そういうインスパイアリングな方とお話できる事がとても嬉しく、そして世界&日本の女性にとっても、励み・インスピレーションになると思うので是非やってみたいと思ったから。結果、日本酒ファンが世界に増れば嬉しい。そして勿論、頑張ってらっしゃる女性の為にもなる事ができれば嬉しい。

ニュートラルな立場で、金銭的な取引は一切なし。)

 

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CLICKABLE COMPILATION:

WOMEN-LED SAKE BUSINESS AROUND THE WORLD 

世界の女性エンパワーメント日本酒ビジネス・リスト

 

Currently, this is a skeleton list, but I'll keep adding more and more to the listing and eventually categorize them better, so it will be easier for people to support these women-led businesses. Click on the name and it will take you to their respective websites. 

PS: Loosely defining for this list, women-owned, women-led, as an institution that is ensuring gender equality/women in a leading role/decision-making role, not in a token or symbolic role.

(Meanwhile special thanks to many who took their time to send me suggestions! Including Melissa Mills, Sachiko Miyagi, Sawako Ruark, and more)

名前をクリックすると各サイトに飛びます。数々の素晴らしい女性がリードする日本酒ビジネスをもう少し探しやすくするように少しずつ整理して徐々に追加して行く試みです。:) 

 

 

Women-Led Sake Breweries

(Female Toji/Master Brewer | President | Board Member)

 

Shintani Brewery, Yamaguchi (Woman Toji: Fumiko Shintani)

Okazaki Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Midori Okazaki)

Shusen Kurano Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Mariko Chino)

Ozawa Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Miyuki Ozawa)

Takasawa Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Kayoko Takasawa)

Tsukiyoshino Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Mami Wakabayashi)

Otsuka Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Kiyomi Otsuka)

Kouten Brewery, Nagano (Woman Toji: Mie Oguchi)

Gozenshu | Tsujihonten Brewery, Okayama (Woman Toji: Maiko Tsuji)

Mukai Brewery, Kyoto (Woman Toji: Kuniko Mukai)

Moriki Brewery, Mie (Woman Managing Director: Moriki Rumiko & Female Toji: Rie Toyomoto)

Mioya Brewery, Ishikawa (Woman President: Miho Fujita)

Shiraso Brewery, Tochigi (Woman President-Designate: Yuri Shiraso)

Fukucho | Imada Brewery, Hiroshima (Woman President & Female Toji: Miho Imada)

Shibata Brewery, Aichi (Woman Toji: Shizuka Ito)

Hirota Brewery, Iwate (Women Toji: Yumi Ono)

Hasegawa Brewery, Niigata (Women Toji: Yuko Hasegawa)

Sato Brewery, Saitama (Women Toji: Mariko Sato)

Kinginka Brewery, Aichi (Women Toji: Atsuko Sato & Women President: Hiroko Sato)

Sonnoh | Yamazaki Brewery, Aichi (Women President: Yamazaki)

Sawada Brewery, Aichi (Women President: Kaoru Sawada)

Tabata Brewery, Wakayama (Women Toji: Satoko Hasegawa)

Yachio Brewery, Yamaguchi (Woman Toji: Kumiko Ura) 

Asahi Brewery, Shimane (Woman Toji: Eriko Terada)

Ichinomiya Brewery, Shimane (Woman Toji: Rika Asano)

Nandaku Brewery, Hyogo (Woman Toji: Misa Kawaishi) 

Hirai Brewery, Shiga (Woman Toji & President: Hiroko Hirai)

Watanabe Brewery, Gifu (Woman Toji: Asako Watanabe) 

Yoshida Brewery, Fukui (Woman Toji: Mako Yoshida & Woman President: Yukari Yoshida)

Inaba Brewery, Ibaragi (Woman Toji & Woman President: Nobuko Inaba)

Choshu Brewery, Yamaguchi (Woman Toji: Miki Fujioka) 

Haginishiki Brewery, Shizuoka (Woman Toji)

Obata Brewery, Niigata (Woman President: Rumiko Obata)

Keigetsu Brewery, Kochi

Miwa Brewery, Gifu

Nagai Brewery, Gunma (Woman Board Member: Matsumi Nagai)

 

Shochu Distilleries

Furusawa Distillery, Miyazaki (Woman Toji & President: Masako Furusawa)

 

Sake Breweries outside Japan

USA

Sequoia Sake, San Francisco, California

Nova Brewing Co., California (Woman Owned)

Islander Sake Brewery, Hawaii (Women President & Toji)

Canada

YK3 Sake (Women President)

France

Wakaze, Paris, France (Women Deputy Toji)

Women Sake Educators/Importers/Sake Establishment Owners

*Some wonderful Sake Educators wear many hats, also as importers/distributors/ and Sake establishment owners. *Some overlapping on this list. 

USA/Canada

Importers/Distributers/PR Agencies/Sake Retailers: 

Tippsy Sake

Vine Connections

Sake Discoveries

Umami Mart

Floating World Imports

Sake Suki

Sake Shop: Hawaii's first retail Sake store

Educators: 

Chizuko Niikawa-Helton

Sachiko Miyagi

Monica Samuels

Marina Giordano

Nico Fujita / Madame Sake au Quebec

Australia

Sake Connect

Sake Mistress

Europe

Moto London Sake Bar, London

Erika Haigh

Sarika Group

Asia (Excluding Japan)

Remin Pao, Taiwan

Vinnie Hsu, Taiwan

坐著做居酒屋

Japan

Women Educators

Chikako Ohkoshi, Sake Salon, Tokyo

Ryoko Irie, Tokyo 

Toshiko Kitagawa

Norie Asano

Yu Okamoto

Yayoi Hirose

Women-Led Sake Business in Japan

Sake Lovers (Woman-Owned: Yuki Imanishi & Kyoko Nagano)) Sake Tours, Exports

Micura Sake Making Kit

Etsuko Nakamura, Sake Tours

Onnna Kikizake Gundan, Community of Woman Kikizakeshi

Gem by Moto, Legendary Sake Bar by Marie Chiba

SARIKA 

is an UN official turned Sake Advocate and Yogi.

SSI Sake Educator | Master Sake Sommelier | Shochu Sommelier

 

Sarika is the founder of Sarika Group, a niche education consultancy focusing on Sake Education and Face Yoga.

Before she became a Sake Yogi, Sarika worked with the United Nations in Asia & Africa on women's empowerment and sustainable urban policy for a decade, after her Master of Science the London School of Economics.  Keeping the same focus on gender and sustainability, Sarika now shares her love for Sake, with special attention to small-scale, sustainable breweries and women brewers.


日本酒愛が高じて、国連職員から日本酒学講師に転身。それ以前は国連競争試験を経て、国連で十年近くアフリカ・アジア赴任。ケニア、ベトナム、タイ等で貧困撲滅、女性の地位向上、社会的弱者のエンパワーメント等に従事。国際結婚、2児の母。4大陸(アフリカ・アジア・ヨーロッパ・アメリカ)、11カ国に住む。60カ国以上、世界を出張・旅行。英国ロンドン⼤学⼤学院・政治経済学院 (London School of Economics) 理学修士。上智⼤学卒業。今年から中欧ワルシャワ駐在。公認 日本酒学講師 ・国際唎酒師・焼酎唎酒師 

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