Thursday 19 October 2017                            1st session 6:00 for 6:30-8:30pm
                                                                 2nd session 8:30 for 9:00-11:00pm

Okan Ramen
338 Coldharbour Lane
London SW9 8QH

£40 per head
Priority for Japan Society members

Please note that this event is fully booked.

We are delighted to announce a truly special evening in which the founders of the UK’s first sake brewery share their story and their local sakes paired with very special Japanese comfort food, organised in partnership with Kanpai London Craft Sake and Okan Ramen.

You’ll be greeted with a welcome drink and a starter to enjoy while Kanpai founders Lucy and Tom Wilson explain what inspired them to open a sake brewery in south London. Following the introduction, you will be served a tapas-style sake-paired meal. This includes very premium small batch sakes not available anywhere else!

We look forward to seeing you there, but please be quick – places are limited!


Cold starter with Nigori Cocktail
– Tofu okra hiyayakko with yuzu kosho
– Onasu – fried auburgine aubergine cooked with honey, soy and ginger
– Romanesco gomaae

Hot nibbles with Special Edition Kanpai Sparkling Hopped Junmai
– Karaage
– Kushikatsu – tomato&chashu pork
– Chicken Tsukune

Main with Kanpai Junmai #3
Tsukemen – pork or veg

Puddings with Special Edition Kanpai Junmai #2
– Yuzu cheese cake
– Shiso sorbet

Soba Buckwheat tea

*A vegetarian option is also available. Please inform us of any food allergies when booking.

We are extremely grateful to Kanpai London Craft Sake and Okan Ramen for generously hosting this event.

Kanpai London Craft Sake
Kanpai London Craft Sake is a microbrewery in Peckham set up and launched by Tom & Lucy Wilson in 2017. After falling in love with sake in Japan and spending years brewing and experimenting at home, they believe they have successfully honed their techniques and developed their own unique ‘London’ robust style. Brewed like a beer, enjoyed like a wine, they’re driven to produce the best small batch craft sake possible.

Okan Ramen
Following the success of Okan Okonomiyaki in Brixton Village, in which she brought the flavours of her Osaka hometown to London, the wonderful Moto has now opened a sister restaurant which showcases ramen and all things noodle. We are grateful to Moto and her team, who have come up with the perfect menu to match Kanpai’s London sakes.

Spaces are limited to 20 places per session and priority is given to Japan Society members.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email

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Photo by Akagi Koichi

Thursday 17 August 2017 6:30pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
The Common Room
13-14 Cornwall Terrace (Outer Circle)
London NW1 4QP

£30 British Sake Association and Japan Society members
£35 guests and others

Please note that this event is fully booked.

Toji is usually translated as “master brewer” referring to the person responsible for the entire brewing process in a particular sake brewery. Highly skilled in the craft of sake brewing, a toji has to work over the years to gain the necessary knowledge and training about the practical business of producing sake and, as a final step, to pass an exam on topics such as fermentation and chemistry to qualify as a sake master brewer.

In collaboration with the British Sake Association, Japan Society is pleased to invite its members to an evening with Philip Harper, Japan’s first and only British toji. This is a very special joint event: expect a discussion and tasting of aged sakes, temperature and yeasts. Sake will be kindly supplied by SamSake and Tengu Sake.

Accompanying the sake, we will serve a mixed sushi bento box with a side dish of broccoli and aubergine sesame sauce (vegetarian sushi is also available).

In an informal atmosphere, Philip will talk about his experience in the sake world and discuss the production process of a sake brewery. It will also be a chance for you to ask Philip all those questions you have wanted to ask about sake.

Philip Harper was born in Birmingham and raised in Cornwall. After graduating in English Literature at Oxford University, he went to Japan in 1988 on the Ministry of Education’s JET Programme, and worked as an English teacher in public schools in Osaka. Following this experience, he started working at Ume no Yado, a Japanese sake brewery in a rural town within Nara Prefecture. After around ten years or work and training, he qualified as a master brewer and has worked at breweries in prefectures including Ibaraki, Osaka and Kyoto. Philip is the author of The Insider’s Guide to Sake (1998) and The Book of Sake: A Connoisseurs Guide (2006), both published by Kodansha International.

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