Hidetsugo Ueno

Hidetsugo Ueno is the owner of the world-awarded Bar High Five, Ginza, Tokyo. He is known as an ice-carver of the signature diamond shape, a missionary of Japanese-style bartending and a world traveller; judging international cocktail competitions, training, presenting and making drinks.

Ueno began his bartending career in 1992 and is now one of the world’s best-known bartenders. He progressed through popular Tokyo spot Star Bar before opening his own establishment, which is now a Tokyo institution.

He’ll be on hand to explain the big differences between Japanese and Western bartending, and show you why there is more to this coveted style than meets the eye.