Highlighting Women's Achievements & Contributions to the Craft of Sake  


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。

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


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


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


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”


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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






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is an UN official turned Sake Advocate and Yogi.

Before she discovered Yoga and Sake, Sarika worked with the United Nations on Gender Equality and Urban Policy in Africa and Asia for a decade. She was recruited through the United Nations Competitive Recruitment Exam, and holds a Master of Science Degree from the London School of Economics, focusing on Urban Housing Access for Women-Headed Households.

She has travelled to over 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe; Lived in 11 countries in 4 continents. She is a mother of two, and married to an Irishman. She loves to eat and drink.


Sake Credentials:

  • 日本酒学講師 (No.000456) Official Lecturer | Certified Master Sake Sommelier,  Sake Service Institute, Japan

  • Official Lecturer, Food & Beverage Organization (FBO), Tokyo, Japan

  • 国際唎酒師  (No.116451) Certified International Sake Sommelier Kikisake-Shi (English)

  • 日本酒唎酒師 (No.031523) Certified Sake Sommelier Kikisake-Shi (Japanese)

  • 日本酒鑑定士 Sake Quality Evaluation Expert

  • 焼酎唎酒師 (No.030172) Certified Shochu Sommelier

  • 焼酎鑑定士 Shochu Quality Evaluation Expert

  • Appointed Judge, 2020 Whisky & Spirits Competition, Tokyo (Appointed but unable to attend due to COVID-19!)

  • Appointed Judge, 2020 Féminalise World Wine Competition, Paris (Appointed but unable to attend due to COVID-19!)

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。今年から中欧ワルシャワ駐在。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・比較文化学部卒業。 


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