The Japan-U.S. Military Program, which is administered by Sasakawa USA, sponsored the Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana’s Beer & Sake Festival on June 16, 2017 at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in San Diego’s North County. The festival is a popular and fast-growing charity tasting event, featuring local restaurants serving sumptuous appetizers, and breweries pouring tasty beers and sake. The festival also included art booths, a silent auction, a raffle, and exciting entertainment.
Guests enjoyed the dynamic sounds of San Diego Taiko, a tuna cutting demonstration, and samurai sword fighting demonstration. Proceeds from the Beer & Sake Festival supported educational and community outreach programs.
The festival coincided with a Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ship visit in San Diego, and the Japanese service members participated alongside their American counterparts.