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Tokun shuzo (Japanese sake brewery)

 

Tokun shuzo is the Japanese sake Brewery ,which was founded in 1825(Bunsei 8) by Uhei Ishige, it has been in business for more than 190 years.

 

東薫酒造

[Tokun shuzo]

 

In Sawara, there were many brewing shops like miso, soy sauce, sake and mirin (sweet cooking rice wine), and there were more than 40 brewery-related warehouse in Sawara alone. The reason why so many sake breweries used to be in Sawara was that producing sake was more profitable than any other brewing industries. Currently, there are only two breweries Tokun Shuzo and their neighbor, Babahonten Shuzo.

In Tokun Shuzo, NambuToji (master brewer) comes from Kitakami city in Iwate Prefecture and begins to brew sake around the middle of November.

 

Except for the Kampyokai (National New Sake Appraising and Deliberating Fair) ,they use locally-grown products such as “Fusanomai” , a rice cultivar for sake brewing.

 

東薫酒造の仕込み水

[Tokun shuzo’s preparation water is groundwater of Hokuso plateau]

 

Also, they use Chiba prefecture-grown yeasts (Kobo). They actively brew sake by using many locally- grown products or ingredients.

Name of brewery :Tokun (東薫)

[地元のものから醸される「卯兵衛」と東薫の代表銘柄「叶」]

[Uhei (left) is brewed from Chiba’s locally-grown products and its representative brand Kanou (right)]