My name is Julian Houseman and I am on a mission to promote the wonders and joy of sake.
I’ve been in the hospitality/liquor retail industry for over ten years, working in Australia and Japan. I’m one of only a couple of Australians holding the Advanced Level Certificate of the Sake Professional Course run by the Sake Education Council and the only Australian holder of the Kikisake-shi (Sake Sommelier) Certification from the Sake Service Institute in Tokyo.
This blog was originally started as an Australian-centric approach to sake as in what is available locally through restaurants and retail with the intention being to bring sake to a wider audience back home. However since I returned to Japan to live in August 2013 this has meant a bit of a stray from the original MO. So think of it more as a look at what’s going on in the sake world from this particular Australian’s perspective.
Sake consumption is on the rise in Australia (and world wide), and I’d like to hope it’s not a fad. It’s important that the right information and education on sake is out there so people can be a bit more discerning than just ordering hot sake when out at the local Sushi Train (not that there’s anything wrong with that.