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Vancouver Celebrates the Emperor of Japan's Birthday

Japan and British Columbia came together last night to toast the birthday of the Emperor of Japan with sake, sushi and speeches. The newly-formed B.C. Sake Association were on hand pouring a range of their products including a Osake Junmai sparkling sake from Granville Island's Artisan Sake Maker which could make for an interesting locally-produced swap for Champagne over the holiday season. BC Premier Christy Clark gave a no-notes speech talking about the long history between the province and Japan, praising the Japanese for their famously polite society. Taking a leaf from that book, Eater is, of course, too well-mannered to spill any gossip from the night, but needless to say, our bowing skills are now second to none.

· Artisan Sake Maker [Official Site]