Posted on 19/08/2013
Professor Jeffrey Unerman was asked to participate in breaking open the barrel of sake at the Seventh Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Conference (APIRA Conference) dinner in Kobe, Japan (26-28 July, 2013). In Japan it is considered a great honour to be asked. Jeffrey was also a plenary speaker.
Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of the sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami-biraki literally means “opening the lid.” Because of the lid's round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The kagami-biraki, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.
The conference was dedicated to the advancement of accounting knowledge and practice. It provided a platform to discuss the interaction between accounting/auditing and their social, economic, institutional and political environments. Kobe is a prominent port city with a population of about 1.5 million. The city is located in the Kansai region of Japan.