The Birth of Saké

PBS Premiere: Sept. 5, 2016Check the broadcast schedule »

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The Birth of Saké -- The film's website provides information on the film and filmmakers, including links to news and interviews.

Yoshida Brewery -- This is the English-language Facebook page of the brewery featured in the film. Also see This wine-selling site provides a brief history and overview of the Yoshida Brewery.

Original Online Content on POV -- To enhance the broadcast, POV has produced an interactive website to enable viewers to explore the film in greater depth. The website for The Birth of Saké offers a streaming video trailer for the film; an interview with filmmaker; a list of related websites, articles and books; a downloadable discussion guide; a lesson plan with streaming clips; and special features.


Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association -- This trade association's website gives a brief introduction to saké, outlining the traditions, history, brewing process and types of saké. It also provides tasting tips.

Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association: "A Comprehensive Guide to Japanese Sake" -- This guide offers a comprehensive guide to saké, with ten chapters dedicated to the different aspects of saké making and saké drinking. Topics range from the history of saké to the methods for serving saké.

Sake Guru: "History of Sake" -- This page provides an overview of the history of saké, beginning with its introduction to Japan in 300 B.C.E. and ending with the role of saké in Japan and across the world today.

Urban Sake -- Urban Sake provides resources for the beginning saké aficionado, such as a section for novices getting familiar with saké, a searchable events calendar, a saké directory and an online community.