MASU comes alive this winter with a series of Japanese vodka and dining events

By Kathryn Chung

MASU comes alive this winter with a series of Japanese vodka and dining events
Auckland’s acclaimed MASU restaurant is celebrating a 1,000-year-old Japanese tradition with an immersive winter festival. 

The ‘Tanabata’ (meaning ‘star festival’) event showcases House of Suntory’s Haku vodka in a vibrant celebration of Japanese myth, culture and cuisine, featuring a bespoke Haku vodka cocktail menu by award-winning mixologist Akira Ohki paired with contemporary Japanese dishes by the talented MASU chefs.

Made to be a fully immersive experience, the restaurant will be transformed into a glittery night sky with thousands of lights, vibrant streamers and customary Tanabata ‘wishing trees’, as guests will be taken on a journey through Japanese mythology.

The Tanabata festival is an annual tradition that has existed for over 1,000 years and celebrates the legend of star-crossed deities that that come together once a year on the seventh day of the seventh llunar month.

“I spent a number of years living and training in Tokyo, studying Japanese cuisine and taking part in the  spectacular local events,” says MASU Executive Chef Nic Watt.

“The Japanese are very observant of the seasons, deeply respecting fresh, seasonal eating and drinking, and festival cuisine reflects this. MASU really lends itself to the observance of Tanabata with its dynamic atmosphere, open kitchen and show-stopping food and cocktails.”

Suntory are also offering guests the chance to win a trip for two to Tokyo, which includes six nights accommodation and a tour of the Suntory Distillery.

The MASU Tanabata event runs from 1 July to 13 August. Bookings essential via the MASU website

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