Japanese Whisky Stories Fukuoka 2023 [October 8,2023]


Japanese Whisky Stories Fukuoka 2023. 8 October 2023. Describes the event and how to buy tickets.

Japanese Whisky Stories Fukuoka 2023 will be held on Sunday 8 October 2023.
JWS Japanese Whisky Stories 2023 Fukuoka is an event dedicated to Japanese whisky, organised by the JWS Executive Committee, formed by bartenders from Fukuoka and Saga.
A total of 40 booths will be on display, including whisky-based cocktails, Japanese whisky collector booths, food booths, coffee and ice-cream booths.
Click here for an overview of the event.


1.How to purchase tickets

Advance tickets are now on sale at Ticket Pia and cooperating shops (BARs).

Click here for Ticket Pia purchase page.
JWS Executive Committee member shops and cooperating shops are as follows.


2.Outline of the event

Free and paid whisky tastings at exhibition booths, paid food offerings, open seminars at the venue, new pot pride tasting at the JWS booth (paid participation, with prizes), highball booth, “whisky cocktail booth” by five of Fukuoka’s leading cocktail bars, There will also be a free seminar by a whisky distiller and a free seminar by a manufacturer of whisky barrels for maturing whisky.

Venue.Mirai Hall, Denki Building Kyosokan 4F, 2-1-82 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0004, Japan
Access.Directly connected to Watanabe-dori Station
Date and timeSunday 8 October 2023, 11:00 – 16:00
PriceAdvance tickets: 3,300 yen (incl. tax) Day-of-performance tickets: 4,400 yen (incl. tax) 1,000 persons (tentative)
OrganisersJapanese Whisky Stories (JWS) Executive Committee

2-1. About the exhibition booths

Main whisky distilleries are as follows.

Nikka WhiskyKirin DistilleryHonbo Brewery Mars Whisky

Venture Whisky Chichibu Distillery

Azumi DistilleryAtsugishi DistilleryGaia Flow Shizuoka DistilleryNagahama distillery
Saburomaru distillerySAKURAO DISTILLERYKanosuke distilleryYASATO DISTILLERY
Igawa distilleryNiigata Kameda distilleryKusumi distilleryShindo distillery
Yamaga distilleryRokkosan distilleryUmaoi distilleryYoshida Denzai Distillery
Komaki Distillery   

2-2.About the lottery sale of bottles

A limited number of bottles of the first release whisky from Fukuoka Prefecture’s first whisky distillery, Shindo Distillery, will be raffled off at the event.

2-3. Events on the day

Open seminar.
The behind-the-scenes force behind Japanese whisky!
(1) Miyake Seisakusho, which manufactures distillation equipment.
(2) Ariake Sangyo, which manufactures barrels.
Panel Discussion]
A panel discussion will be held on the past and future of Japanese whisky, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2023.
■Scheduled speakers.

Chief Blender, Nikka Whisky: Hiromi Ozaki
Mamoru Tsuchiya, President of the Whisky Culture Research Institute

3. lastly.

There have been many whisky tasting events, but it is rare for the distiller Miyake Seisakusho and the cask maker Ariake Sangyo to take part in such an event, and it is definitely a very valuable event.

Regarding the purpose of the event, the organisers also stated that “the aim of this event is to enliven and enhance the further development of Japanese whisky and the recognition of emerging distilleries both domestically and internationally, and to deepen the awareness of true Japanese whisky that meets the definition, together with all visitors through this event. We are delighted to be working with you.” He stated. One of the objectives of the event is to deepen awareness of true Japanese whisky that meets the definition, which is a very sympathetic aspect of the event. Whisky distilleries are still popping up all over Japan. The number of distilleries is approaching 100. I think we are moving into an age where whisky lovers will be able to identify the distilleries that have the ambition and commitment to their craft.

■ Upcoming whisky festivals.

Whiskey Festival 2023 in TOKYO o...
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Japanese whiskey. The event will be concluded at the Tokyo venue of the Whisky Festival! The "Tasting Seminar" is back after a four-year absence, and there will be plenty of other events!

Lastly: Recommended Books on Japanese Whisky

If you want to learn more about Japanese whisky, which is a global trend, we highly recommend these books.

(1).Whisky Galore Vol.29 December 2021 issue

In the December 2021 issue of Whisky Galore, published by the Whisky Culture Research Institute, we report on 11 Japanese craft distilleries, including some that are open to the public for the first time, under the title of “Japanese Whisky Craft Frontline,” the first of three consecutive issues. Why did the popularity of Japanese whisky and the craft boom occur? We will examine with interviews. Chichibu Distillery / Chichibu No.2 Distillery / Mars Shinshu Distillery / Mars Tsunuki Distillery / Kanosuke Distillery / Hioki Distillery / Ontake Distillery / Osuzuyama Distillery / Kaikyo Distillery / Hanyu Distillery / Konosu Distillery

(2). Japanese Whisky as an Education for Business

This is a book written by Mamoru Tsuchiya, a world-famous whisky critic and representative of the Whisky Culture Research Institute, titled “Japanese Whisky as a Culture that Works for Business” .
The book covers the basics of whisky, the introduction of whisky to Japan, the birth of Japanese whisky, advertising strategies and the rise of Japanese whisky, and the current rise of craft distilleries. This is a book that summarizes Japanese whisky in a very easy to understand way.

(3). Whisky and I (Masataka Taketsuru)

Masataka Taketsuru, the founder of Nikka Whisky, devoted his life to brewing whisky in Japan. This is a revised and reprinted version of the autobiography of a man who simply loved whisky and talked about himself. The book vividly depicts the days when he went to Scotland alone to study as a young man and overcame many hardships to complete Japanese whisky, as well as his companion, Rita.

(4). A Letter of Challenge from a New Generation Distillery

Launching in 2019. With the world experiencing an unprecedented whisky boom, what were the managers of craft distilleries thinking and what were their thoughts as they took on the challenge of making whisky? This book tells the stories of 13 craft distillery owners, including Ichiro Hido of Venture Whisky, famous for his Ichirose Malt, who inspired the birth of craft distilleries in Japan.

(5). Whiskey Rising

This is the Japanese version of Whisky Risng, published in the US in 2016, with much updated content. Not only does it describe the history of Japanese whisky in detail, but it also includes data on all the distilleries in Japan, including the craft distilleries that have been founded in recent years. The book also includes descriptions of the legendary bottles that have been released, as well as information on bars where Japanese whisky can be found.

Ryuhei Oishi

Bartender at bar Shinkai Toranomon, born in Hokkaido.
After working at a restaurant in Tokyo, became a certified sommelier by the Japan Sommelier Association.
I became interested in Japanese whiskey, of which he had little knowledge, and started working at bar Shinkai. I went to distilleries to talk to the distillers and joined JWD to share their passion and information as a bartender.

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