SAN JOSE — Yu-Ai Kai’s eighth annual Sake San Jose event will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This year’s opening ceremony will again feature a lively performance by San Jose Taiko, followed by guests of honor in a ceremonial sake cask breaking (kagami-wari) and a toast of “Kampai!”
More than 20 Japantown businesses will host pouring stations, where Yu-Ai Kai volunteers will offer samples of sake made both in Japan and the U.S.
Tickets are $50. There is also a VIP ticket for $60, which includes admission, a Horitaka design Year of the Snake T-shirt, and express check-in line at registration. No refunds or exchanges.
New this year will be celebrities participating at various pouring stations. So don’t be surprised if you see a familiar face.
Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. with opening ceremony beginning at 5 p.m.
Ticket-holders must be at least 21 years of age and must have valid photo identification.