Japanese whiskey has gained massive popularity in recent years, due to its superior craftsmanship, which most successfully replicates Scottish whiskey production, and aided by the centrality of Japanese whiskey to the critically acclaimed film Lost in Translation.
In Lost in Translation, Bill Murray plays a celebrity spokesperson for Japanese whiskey label Suntory. The film takes place largely in the Tokyo Park Hyatt hotel, with several key scenes set in the hotel's New York Bar. Since the film's induction into the indie pop cultural canon, the bar has become a fascination for North American tourists. Now, the bar is adding a layer of experience for visitors with a Japanese whiskey tasting course led by the hotel's beverage manager, Mr. Yasukazu Yokota. The tasting includes a hand-picked selection of rare and premium Japanese whiskeys.