You may or may not know that our Uncle Nic, as well as being an avid conservationist (amongst other things) is an extremely talented author. One of his most famous printed works is Moving Zen: Karate as a Way to Gentleness which is the biographical account of C.W.’s journey into the heart of Shotokan Karate. The book itself is an international best seller and has been reprinted numerous times since it was first published in 1975.
C.W. has had a strong voice in Japan with regards to all things environmental, having been sat on a panel for the Japanese Minister of the Environment in the late 1980’s. One of the issues he brought too the fore, was the lack of trained national park rangers, so he submitted a plan to establish a college. In recent years however, he was discovering more and more that new students didn’t have the outdoors experience. He and his staff initiated a program to bring children from orphanages for three days of play in the woods.
Uncle Nic is a huge part of our story, as if it were not for him, we would never have discovered our fantastical sansho berries. The Afan Woodland Trust has been his life’s work, read about it in his own words here
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As Kokoro’s first appearance at the Blackpool Gin Festival, we were more than excited to be back in our hometown. Based within the beautiful setting of the Tower Ballroom, we instantly knew it would be a festival to remember. We were situated on the balcony above the ballroom so we had great views of the ballroom itself and of course the stage for the band.
Recently we had the pleasure of hosting a Kokoro dinner at Nippon Kitchen in Glasgow where we told tales of the forest, ate some excellent Japanese food paired with three of our favourite Kokoro cocktails. We started the night with the Kokoro perfect serve, G&T with a twist of lemon and a big sliver of fresh ginger. Sansho berries are at the heart of Kokoro Gin, and when they’re fresh like we use in our distillation, they are wonderfully aromatic and with loads of citrus flavour with a gentle warming spice…