The Bliss

Good day,

I could easily write a blog on sake but there are so many other good sites on this luscious drink. And in truth, I could never describe sake the way some of them do.

But if I’m not going to write about sake on a platform that promotes -and sells – the wine, what then can I write about? How can I write, weekly, about something and still bring us home to the magnificence; the flavours; the textures of the rich culture of sake. And Japan.

Ah, sake and Japan. One is not the same without the other – like a couple forever entwined in love.

I thought long and hard about the theme for the blog: drew mind maps – lots of mind maps -, spoke to numerous people: many of whom had the notion that sake can only be drunk with sashimi, sushi, and tempura; picked up my guitar, played and sang for inspiration; watched ROM-COMS, English dramas, thrillers, action-movies; listened to all genres of music; read and read; drank and drank copious amounts of sake.

Nothing. Na-da.

And then one morning, after a night with Yoshinogawa Karakuchi, a gorgeous soul whispered delectably into my ear, “Tell them stories.” “But they don’t want to hear my stories”, I replied. She smiled and poured me another glass of Kiss of Fire.

I awoke from my dream.

And I knew what I had to do.

Like Paul McCartney who awoke with the melody for ‘Yesterday’ stuck in his head, I turned to my pen and paper and wrote down exactly what I needed to do.

Tell stories.

Not my stories but modern Japanese stories from literary scribes such as Nagai Tatsuo, Mishima Yukio, and Tanizaki Junichiro. I shall take passages from their stories and tell you how these might relate to the world around us.

The beauty of Japanese art: sake, culture, paintings, poetry, literature lies in its simplicity. I call it The Bliss.

I hope that I can guide you into the splendour of The Bliss.

Kanpai!

Gene.