Japanese Spring Festival at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

| March 18, 2015
In conjunction with the Japanese Spring Festival, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa in partnership with Bangkok Beer & Beverage Co., Ltd (BB&B) is celebrating the Japanese Spring Festival with two major events highlighting premium sake directly from Japan and delightful signature dishes from the hotel’s Benihana Restaurant.On 11th March 2015, the “Kagami-Biraki” event will be held with invited guests as a launch to the festivities. The event is hosted by Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa’s General Manager, Mr. Nikolaus Priesnitz and BB&B’s Director Retail Development, Mr. Ross Marks. The guest of honour for the event is Mr. Hirotaka Takata, Executive Director of Orihara Co., Ltd, a major supplier of premium sake to Thailand.

Also participating in this event are three major sake breweries from Japan and their representatives. Close to one hundred invited guests including media and loyal supporters of the hotel and BB&B are expected to attend this ceremonial event, where a barrel of sake is opened in an eventful ritual and shared with all present. Guest will enjoy samplings of sake from the breweries and food presented by the hotel’s Benihana restaurant.


The evening continues from 7:00 pm with a “Hanami-Matsuri Street Fair” at the hotel’s terrace overlooking the Chao Phraya River. For only THB 500 per person, guests are invited to sample sake offered by the three breweries and to enjoy a variety of street food offers by Benihana. To add to the merriment, the hotel has also engaged live entertainment and for the brewery representatives to share some valuable insights on sake brewing.


On 12th March, the hotel offers a six course dinner, perfectly paired with six of Japan’s finest premium sake. This event held at Benihana, will start off with creative cocktails made from sake. The innovative menu, created by Executive Chef, Matthias Mittnacht showcases the joy of Japanese cuisine, with the highlights taken from Benihana’s signature dishes. Guests will be taken on a culinary journey inspired by premium sakes, and in celebration of the freshness and flavours the season of spring brings.

The breweries represented are Bijofu from Hamakawa Shoten Co., Ltd and its representative is Ms. Emi Okano. Established in 1904, the brewery began its production using the rich water source that they had been blessed with and focusing on Ginjo level sakes. Today, the brewing capacity is kept at a minimum, each tank handled with care and intense quality control resulting in a line of sake that is now enjoyed by all sake-lovers around the world.

Kirizan from Kirinzan Brewery Co., Ltd is represented by Mr. Nobuyuki Higuchi. With more than 170 years history, and a legend from the mythical creature named ‘Kirin’, this brewery produces sakes made with 100% local ingredients, and contributes to the location where Japan’s finest rice-producing and sake-producing regions are situated.


Yuki No Bosha from Saiya Shuzouten Co., Ltd is represented by Mr. Kotaro Saito. Founded in 1902, this brewery has focused mainly on its in-house yeast and the polishing of the rice. The combination of rice, water, land the Master Brewer’s expertise, has resulted in the brewery winning 13 Gold Medals at the National New Sake Competition since the 1900s, marking Saiya Shuzouten  the most awarded brewery in Akita prefecture.

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