Sake Tasting! An Earthquake Relief Fundraiser
In spring of 2012, NHK held its first sake tasting party to raise funds to help Japan recover from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. At the party, students tasted and learned about a wide variety of sake. To help promote this event, and to raise additional funds, NHK also held its first-ever bake sale before the sake-tasting get-together. NHK sent the proceeds from both events to the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies for their Tsunagari Nukumori solar panel project. The sake tasting was such a success that NHK hoped to make it an annual tradition.
So far so good. In 2013 NHK held a second Sake Tasting fundraiser for disaster relief in the Tohoku area. In April 2013, NHK raised over $700, which they donated to the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. The event featured different kinds of sake from all over Japan, focusing on the Tohoku region. The Japanese LL.M. students played an especially important role in the event, including acting as MC for the event and organizing a sake-tasting game. The Center provided financial support to defray the cost of the event. The sake was delicious and the event brought together LL.M.s, J.D.s and faculty members in support of a great cause!