Miss SAKE 2023Miss SAKE, the annual contest to find an ambassador for Japan which will present and market sake but also Japanese culture and history to different countries all around the world. Miss SAKE 2023 marked the 10th anniversary of the event. The winner crowned as Miss Sake 2023 was Miss Kotoko Yamada representing Kanagawa Prefecture. (Words from Miss Yamada can be found after the photos)
The event with representatives of the entire sake industry was held at the Westin Hotel in Kyoto. Guest of honor was, as in previous years, Kyoto's Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa. 19 finalists, selected from nearly 1,200 applicants fought for the title. The representative Director of Miss Sake Japan Mika Onishi could once again state that also the 2023 competition was a great success.
Winner of Miss SAKE 2023 - Miss Kotoko Yamada
The top three finalists of Miss SAKE 2023
All finalists with Miss SAKE 2023 Miss Kotoko Yamada in the center.
Mrs Keiko Kobayashi and Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa
Words from Miss Kotoko Yamada – Miss Sake 2023Hello everyone, I am Kotoko Yamada, 2023 Miss SAKE Japan.
On June 23rd, under the pleasant summer sky, the final selection event of the 2023 Miss SAKE competition took place at The Westin Miyako Kyoto. I am incredibly honored to announce that I have been chosen as the 10th Miss SAKE Japan.
Being selected as the 10th Miss SAKE, a significant milestone for Miss SAKE, fills me with great joy and a sense of responsibility.
I owe this opportunity to the knowledge and experiences gained during the three-month-long Nadeshiko Program, as well as the encounters with many inspiring individuals.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the instructors of the Nadeshiko Program, who broadened our horizons and taught us about the charms of sake and Japanese culture. I am grateful to Ishikawa Brewery for their warm welcome and support, and to the Kanagawa Sake Brewers Association, who ignited my dream of sharing the story of sake. The Miss SAKE team, who always guided us with both strictness and kindness, my beloved family who supported me from the closest distance, and the exceptional finalists who are full of individuality and charm—I am thankful to all of you.
To all those who have supported Miss SAKE's activities, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I firmly believe that Japanese culture, including sake, has the power to bring people together. My goal is to connect people through the power of "Shu-en" (sake bonds) and share the stories embedded in Japanese sake with the world.
Through the power of sake, I aim to spread the stories of Japan's traditions, culture, and emotions encapsulated in every drop of sake to the world.
I sincerely appreciate your ongoing support and guidance.
Miss Kotoko Yamada - 2023 Miss SAKE Japan
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Final words: I would like to congratulate the Miss SAKE team for another successful pageant and a special tribute to Miss SAKE 2023 Miss Kotoko Yamada. In 2024 I hope to be back in Kyoto and attend the finals.
Sweden June 29, 2023 / Leif Almo /Hon. Consul General of Japan in Sweden / Founder of saketest.com
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…also to Doctor Tadao Kobayashi for his help with information about the Miss SAKE 2023 pageant
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