Source: The Forest Grove News-Times
Guinness is the obvious drink of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. But in the irony that is America’s melting pot, Japanese sakÃ© gets the spotlight in Forest Grove.
SakÃ©One is inviting the community out for the annual blessing of the Kura on Saturday, March 17. The Shinto ceremony will be presided over by the Rev. Koichi Barish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, Wash. The ceremony will be followed with a performance by Portland Taiko drummers, and Obukan Kendo Club, also of Portland.
This is the first year that SakÃ©One is inviting the public. “Being the Americans making sakÃ©, it’s something that we want to do,” said Dewey Weddington, marketing director at SakÃ©One.
SakÃ© is an important element in Shinto rituals and was originally used as a gift to an Okamisama (divine being). Traditionally every sakÃ©ry has a relationship with a Shinto shrine. Thus, SakÃ©One, as one of only two sakÃ©ries in the U.S., has a relationship with Tsubaki Grand Shrine, the closest Shinto shrine to Forest Grove.