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Blessed saké

Forest Grove brewery SakéOne celebrates a Japanese tradition at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 for the annual blessing of the brewery.

Saké is an important element in Shinto rituals and was originally used as a gift to an Okamisama (divine being). Today saké is always included as a daily gift/food offering at every shrine and at every ceremony.

In turn, all sakéries in Japan have close relationships with one or more Shinto shrines. It is believed that saké enhances inner harmony, bringing peace and balance.

The ceremony will be presided over by Reverend Koichi Barrish of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, Wash. The ceremony will be followed by performances from the Obukan Kendo Club and Portland Taiko. Saké will be served after the ceremony.

The festivities are open to the public, an RSVP is appreciated. Simply call SakéOne at 503-357-7056 ext. 233 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. SakeOné is located at 820 Elm St. in Forest Grove.