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[The House of Suntory] Bridging the East and the West Mini Master Class Series

  • Thursday, July 02, 2020
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020
  • 3 sessions
  • Thursday, July 02, 2020, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 23, 2020, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020, 5:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Webinar



Japan America Society of Southern California &

The House of Suntory


A 3-part Webinar Series

"Bridging the East and the West":

House of Suntory Mini Master Class Series

The Japan America Society of Southern California is proud to co-present with Suntory Holdings Limited, a 3-part mini master class series. Each webinar will feature a specific Suntory product and how it has supported Suntory’s mission to cultivate the cultures of Japan in the U.S.

Join us as we explore Suntory’s commitment to crafting their award-winning products. Hear from our experts Taki Nakatani and Jonathan Armstrong as they demonstrate the broad nature of some of Suntory’s most popular brands—the TOKI whisky, ROKU gin, and HAKU vodka.  

Session Details

Part 1 - TOKI and the Art of Blending (July 2, 2020) at 5PM (PDT)

Introducing the history of Japanese whisky starting in 1923 to Suntory's latest product TOKI launched in 2016. We will talk about the ‘Art of Blending’ which is the true uniqueness of Suntory whisky and reflects the Japanese craftsmanship of pursuing perfection

Part 2 - ROKU and Seasonality (July 23, 2020) at 5PM (PDT) 

ROKU Gin is truly a unique Gin using 6 Japanese Botanicals (Sakura Flower, Sakura Leaf, Sencha Tea, Gyokuro Tea, Yuzu, and Sansho Pepper) We will introduce stories of each of these botanicals.

Part 3 - HAKU and Design (August 13, 2020) at 5PM (PDT)

HAKU Vodka is made from 100% Japanese rice (General vodka are made from wheat or potato). We introduce the unique production process combining the traditional sake brewing method and latest distillation technologies.

Registration Fee

JAS Members - FREE 

Non-Members - $25/ session

3 Webinar + JAS Annual Membership Bundle - $75

*Must be 21 years old or over to participate 

Download Event Flyer Here

This will be a virtual presentation offered through the Zoom webinar system. 

Instructions on how to access this online program will be provided after your registration is complete.


Taki Nakatani

Taki Nakatani is the Luxury Portfolio Specialist for Beam Suntory based in Los Angeles. He brings his role a highly global and diverse background with 15 years of experience in the spirit industry working in 3 regions. Taki has joined Suntory in 2004, starting his career as an on-premise sales in Hiroshima, then moved to Tokyo to lead the Suntory whisky brand management, and prior to the current role he has served as a commercial marketing manager for the international region based in Frankfurt Germany. With his extensive experience in both marketing and commercial, Taki plays a key role to build luxury brands in the market by cultivating cultures and creating new demands.

Jonathan Armstrong

Jonathan Armstrong is the West Coast Brand Ambassador for House of Suntory.  With over 10 years of experience in the spirits industry, he has an extensive background in bartending, craft spirits and hospitality on both the East and West coasts including the cities of Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles.  In that time he has worked at number of establishments such as the Nomad, Mayahuel, Death & Company and Old Lightning.  Recently, Jonathan also served as a spirits consultant in Southern California for The Winebow Group.  Based in Los Angeles, he represents House of Suntory's Next-Generation and Luxury portfolios, building brand awareness and educating the hospitality industry and consumers. 

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