Did you know that in the Japanese language the word ‘sake’ merely means ‘alcohol?’ It does not necessarily mean ‘rice wine’ like Western countries have mistakenly defined in our books and our laws. In Japan the word ‘sake’ can refer to any wine, beer, or even distilled spirit. The Japanese word ‘sake’ is kind of like the colloquial word ‘booze,’ is for Western countries. The correct word in Japanese which refers to rice wine in particular is ‘Seishu.’
Jarrell Sieff is an experienced sake importer who was first pulled into the industry not only for the love of sake, but also for the love of Japan. Jarrell has studied Japanese since childhood, focused on Ancient Japanese Translations at Washington University in St. Louis, and also lived in Japan several years attending several Japanese Universities. Jarrell is Author of A Practical Guide to Living in Japan (published by Stonebridge Press), a book which helps Westerners beyond tourist visa reside in Japan. Jarrell is founding President of Marin Sake Imports, Inc. a Japanese sake Import and Distribution company in Northern California which focuses on Japanese products rich in Japanese culture for mainstream chain retail America.