Miyashita Shuzo - 宮下酒造 -
Okayama - 岡山県 -
About the Brewery
Miyashita Sake Brewery started its business in 1915 by two brothers Kamezo and Motosaburo Miyashita.
They had lost their father at young age and were raised by their relatives who had managed a brewery business.
The brothers used their skills learned from the brewery and started their own business in Tamano City.
The brewery was relocated near Asahigawa River in 1965 in search for better water quality near Korakuen, one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan.
About Takashima Omachi
It is said that in 1859, Jinzo Kishimoto from Omachi village had discovered two rice plants in Daisen which is located in Tottori prefecture and took them to home and planted in his rice field. The large grained rice thus cultivated is believed to the beginning of ‘Omachi Rice’. Discovered more than 100 years ago, and being the single strain of rice that had never been interbred to the present day. This rice had become a recommended breed of Okayama prefecture in 1908, and continues to be strongly supported by numerous master brewers and sake lovers today.
Reason for being a ‘rare brewer’s rice’
One of the characteristics of Omachi rice that makes it shuzo kotekimai (rice suitable for brewing sake) is its shinpaku, the centre white part. Different from other strains, the shinpaku of Omachi rice is round, large and soft, creating sake with
mellow and refined flavour.
The reason Omachi rice is called ‘rare brewer’s rice’ is because despite its high quality, this is a very scarce brewer’s rice due to difficulty in growing it. Omachi rice tends to collapse more easily as it grows to greater height and its prone to sickness as well making it difficult to obtain and thus is called ‘rare brewer’s rice’.
Origin of the name ‘Kiwami Hijiri’
Our signature sake brand ‘Kiwami Hijiri’ is named after an ancient Japanese poem by Otomo no Tabito, a poet of Manyo, who recited poem ‘In ancient times, code word for sake was said to be Saint (Hijiri).
‘Kiwami’ means ultimate, and the name ‘Kiwami Hijiri’ will be the best of sake.