Our team have spent most of their lives with some connection to the land where sake comes from: Japan. They have a passion to share their appreciation of not only Japan, but also the place that they call home, Queenstown, New Zealand. Our sake is an expression of the surroundings and the water sourced from the pristine mountains and lakes around our home.
Dave, Craig & Richard also run Tanken Tours Ltd and Wilderness Adventures Ltd in Queenstown, catering to Japanese visitors – see www.nzwilderness.co.nz
Dave, Zenkuro’s head brewer and a certified ‘Sake Professional’, first travelled to Japan as a 17-year old exchange student, many moons ago. He later studied Japanese at Auckland University, Shizuoka University, and completed a post-graduate course in Japanese Studies at Hitotsubashi University. He is also a black belt in Judo. After years of research drinking sake, he is now our master of the brewing process. Dave is married to Yasuko, from Fukuoka.
Craig has completed many epic journeys on foot all over Japan, fueled by sake along the way. A 4th-dan black belt in Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate, Craig has an MBA from the University of Hawai’i and JAIMS (Japan America Institute of Management Studies), and is a co-author of Lonely Planet’s Japan guidebooks. Craig is married to Yuriko, from Osaka. See www.craigmclachlan.com
Richard graduated with honours from Leeds University, England and after years of travelling the world, including living in Tokyo, he settled in Queenstown. An outdoor enthusiast, he is the writer and publisher of New Zealand flora and fauna books in Japanese, co-author of Lonely Planet’s Hiking in Japan guidebook, and specialises in Japanese media visits for Tanken Tours Ltd. He and his wife Tracey are presently walking the Te Araroa trail from the top to the bottom of NZ.
Yoshi is one of Japan’s foremost ‘sake missionaries’. Passionate about the history and culture of sake in Japan, he actively promotes the spread of all that’s good about sake throughout the world. A graduate of Gakushuin University, Yoshi is also co-owner of YK3 Sake in Vancouver, Canada, and is an enthusiastic executive committee member of the Japan New Zealand Business Council.