Kazari-daru: the decorative sake barrel

02 Feb 2018 in Food Culture

Enter this month’s contest for your chance to win a superbly-decorated barrel of sake!


Like sake and beautiful objects? Then this month’s contest is for you! We’re giving away a mini kazari-daru, the Japanese barrel decorated with elaborate reed roping and tatami – and filled with sake.


While traditional Japanese cedar barrels (taru) are no longer used to transport sake, kazari-daru (“decorated barrels”) are still a regular feature at ceremonial events.


At inaugurations for new buildings, you’ll often see officials striking the top of a kazari-daru with a mallet until it bursts ceremoniously open with a fountain of sake – the Japanese equivalent of smashing open a bottle of champagne!

And if you’re at a shrine, keep your eyes peeled and you’re likely to find rows of large kazari-daru.


These are gifts to the shrine from local sake manufacturers or businesses – a form of sponsorship, as there’s usually a plaque thanking the company.


Try to win a Kazari-daru barrel!

Update: contest is now closed, results available below.

The contest is now over. Thank you to everyone who entered!

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the contest is Julia Allison (from UK). Congratulations!

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