People of the Industry

The sake industry is full of dedicated and hardworking individuals, commited to perfecting their craft. These are just some of the people that I have been fortunate enough to meet during my numerous sake adventures.

Hara San of Hara Shuzo

Hara San of Hara Shuzo

Hara Shuzo 原酒造 is the smallest kura in Hiroshima prefecture.Their representative brand is Houraitsuru.

Ishikawa San of Taketsuru Shuzo

Ishikawa San of Taketsuru Shuzo

Mr Tatsuya Ishikawa of Taketsuru Shuzo in Takehara, Hiroshima. A gentleman and true legend of the industry.

Sakamoto San of Yoshida Shuzo

Sakamoto San of Yoshida Shuzo

The fabulous Sakamoto-san, fellow Kurabito and friend who works at Yoshida Shuzo. They make the popular Shimane sake Gassan 月山.

Kawamura San of Bijofu

Kawamura San of Bijofu

Kawamura-San of Hamakawa Shoten in Kochi prefecture. They make the wondeful Bijofu brand of sake, and Kawamura-San is both a brewer and sales representative.

Team Okutou Shuzo

Team Okutou Shuzo

The wonderful father and son brewing team at Okutou Shouji in Ako City Hyogo-Ken, makers of Chushingura.

Tom Wilson of Kanpai London

Tom Wilson of Kanpai London

Co-Founder and Head Brewer Tom Wilson of Kanpai London. The bottle in his hand is from their latest super-premium Dai-Ginjo series.

Daisuke San of Kikuchi Shuzo

Daisuke San of Kikuchi Shuzo

The 6th generation of the Kikuchi family presenting his wondeful brands Kiseki no Osake and Sanzen at his brewery in Tamashima, Okayama Prefecture.

Team Rihaku

Team Rihaku

Two of the wonderful workers at Rihaku in Shimane Prefecture. Such down to earth and passionate people flying the flag for Shimane sake.

Fujii San of Fujii Shuzo

Fujii San of Fujii Shuzo

Meeting the incredibly hospitable Fujii San of Fujii Shuzo 藤井酒造 in Hiroshima. They make the superb Ryusei 龍勢 brand of Sake.

Miho Imada San of Imada Shuzo

Miho Imada San of Imada Shuzo

Miho Imada of Imada Shuzo 今田酒造 in Hiroshima giving a tour of her wonderful brewery where Fukucho 富久長 is made.

Haruo San of Kumaya Shuzo

Haruo San of Kumaya Shuzo

Meeting the ever cheerful Haruo San, the company president of Kumaya Shuzo熊屋 in Kurashiki, Okayama. Their brand Ishichi 伊七received numerous awards this year from various competitions.

Kosuke San of Nanbu Bijin

Kosuke San of Nanbu Bijin

Myself and Charles of Sakeworks meeting Kosuke-San of Nanbu Bijin 南部美人 at Craft Sake Week in Roppongi, Tokyo

Maiko San of Tsuji-Honten

Maiko San of Tsuji-Honten

Master brewer Maiko-san of Tsuji-Honten in Maniwa Okayama, makers of Gozenshu.

Marumoto San of Chikurin

Marumoto San of Chikurin

The wonderful Marumoto San of Marumoto Shuzo 丸本酒造 in Okayama, makers of Chikurin 竹林

Norihiko San of Chikusen

Norihiko San of Chikusen

Norihiko San and myself at the Kura of Chikusen in Hyogo Prefecture

Philip Harper of Kinoshita Shuzo

Philip Harper of Kinoshita Shuzo

Philip Harper and myself outside Tamagawa in Northern Kyoto Prefecture.

Yasayuki San of Yoshida Shuzo

Yasayuki San of Yoshida Shuzo

Yasuyuki-san of Yoshida Shuzo in Ishikawa prefecture, makers of Tedorigawa 手取川

Philip Harper of Kinoshita Shuzo

Philip Harper of Kinoshita Shuzo

Master brewer Philip Harper of The Kinoshita Brewery in Kyoto Prefecture, makers of Tamagawa 玉川

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Origin Sake 2016

Kojima, Kurashiki, Okayama-Shi, Japan

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