Japan loves their alcohol as much as the next country. But, they don’t forget their manners even when drinking. They follow a tradition that’s passed down from one generation to another.

Bringing a nostalgic feeling every time you taste the unforgettable smooth texture of sake in your mouth.

So, either you’re in Japan or dining in a Japanese restaurant, there are a few things that you should know to keep your experience fun yet authentic.


This is the number one thing that you should always remember. Instead, wait for someone to fill your cup for you. In return, you pour some alcohol for them too. But, wait, don’t start drinking just yet. Make sure that you and your company have “Kampai” already before chugging it down.


During a party, be sure that you’re on the lookout for your fellow drinkers. If their cup is empty, make sure that you fill it up for them.


When someone gestures to fill your glass, drink the leftover alcohol before holding it over to the person. Follow this up by reciprocating the action, fill their cup as well.

If you’re not a heavy drinker just fill-up your cup and not drink it. This way you can avoid getting drunk that night.

It is customary for the younger ones to be tasked of the pouring and ordering job. Guests are exempted with this tradition.

These traditions may seem to be too restrained. But, they are not. Try them. You’ll realize that it is a fun way to bond with your co-workers and friends. It allows you to be more intimate with them.

Japanese Dining Etiquette When Drinking Info Graphic, Shin Minori Blog Info Graphic

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Many have compared sushi to eating a sandwich because of its convenient and bite-size qualities. But, it packs quite a punch despite its size. You can taste different flavors and texture in one bite, from tangy to creamy.

Just because it’s in bite-size, you go and eat it with much gusto without rules. You don’t mix wasabi with soy sauce. That’s a huge blunder that many are guilty of doing.

There are a few things that you should remember when taking a bite of this tasty food.

1. Clean hands. A wet towel will be provided for you. Use it to clean your fingers, keeping you safe from any disease-causing germs.

2. No chopsticks. Use your hands and make sure it’s clean. This way you can preserve the chef’s well-made form of a sushi. Only use your chopsticks when getting ginger and sashimi.

3. Chopstick holder. Make sure that the chopsticks are on the holder. People may think that you’re finished if you place them on top of your bowl.

4. Fish-down. Dip your fish into the soy sauce. Remember, the rice is not supposed to mix with the soy sauce.

5. Face-down. When you eat the sushi, make sure that the fish is on a face down position for you to taste its richness and freshness.

6. Chopsticks. Use them to add wasabi to your fish. Remember, add it on your fish and never mix it with wasabi.

7. One bite. Eat the sushi in one go. It is considered to be rude towards the chef, who worked hard to make it if you eat in half.

After the meal, buy and share a sake with the chef in appreciation of his work. This is better and more accepted than just tipping him.

These things are not set to restrain you of your enjoyable meal. Instead, embrace the fine art and etiquette of eating sushi as they are there for a reason to better taste the exquisite food and for hygiene reasons.

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Shin Minori held a Japanese Sake tasting event, together with sake supplier, Whistler Wine & Spirit on the 9 April, from 3- 6pm. Invitees included some Japanese restaurant owners, Chefs and managers. This event main objective was to introduce a new sake winery in the Singapore market.

Some of the brands of sake that was savoured include Bunkajin, Takagi, Kitaya, Mizuo and Imazato.
The attendees experienced the rich aroma and unique flavour of each sake and were told of their various origin from different part of Japan and even how it was brewed. Some even won awards for its exquisite taste, namely Takagi Ryuso and Bunkajin Junmai Daijingyo Genshu.

Shin Minori was the venue and finger food sponsor, while Whistler Wine & Spirit was the sake sponsor for this event. It was an enjoyable afternoon where friends from the industry mingled, tasted good sake and gain more insight of the new sake.
You can also learn more about Sake, by clicking here: http://shinminori.com.sg/infographic/sake

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