Tokyo is finally going to have a World Gin Day event: GinFest Tokyo is slated for the June 9-10 weekend! It's being put on by a team directed by Takeaki Miura of Shibuya's GOOD MEALS SHOP, which stocks some 200+ varieties of craft gin, so there's clearly a lot of passion behind the event.
The format is different from most tasting events though. There are no advance tickets -- GinFest Tokyo will be free to enter. Instead, you'll pay 100 yen for a 10ml sample of any given gin. So far I count 36 from inside and outside Japan, and it seems like more will be announced later. The venue is also a new one: Tennoz Isle's Tennoz Harbor Market. Bottles will also be available for purchase, so if there's something you like, go for it! Other features include a bar with gin-based cocktails, and seminars and workshops, details of which should be announced soon on the event's Facebook page.
As Tokyo warms up for the summer, drinking canalside gin & tonics certainly isn't a bad way to spend the weekend! GinFest Tokyo runs 1PM to 8PM on June 9, and 1PM to 6PM on June 10.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.