”Sake” making in a seaside town
Morishima Shuzo sake brewery was founded in the 2nd year of Meiji, or 1869. It’s a ”sake” brewery with 140 years of history in the ”nanbu toji” tradition. Presently, 6th generation brew master Seiichiro Morishima is responsible for overseeing ”sake” brewing. The brewery stands only several dozens of yards from the ocean, where one can feel the sea breeze and hear the waves, and is known as the closest brewery to the sea in Japan.
Crowning the ”Taikan” brand
One of the premium brand ”sake” made by Morishima Shuzo is ”Taikan”. One of the greatest artists in Japanese style painting from Ibaraki Prefecture was Taikan Yokoyama who had a long relationship with Morishima Shuzo. He was a lover of ”sake”, and in 1958 a ”sake” brand was named after him. The ”Taikan” was born. One of the Taikan label bears artwork by Taikan himself. ”Wow! This bottle is amazing!” exclaimed Nakata.
When we visited, he let us see the mash made from ”Omachi (type of rice). ”It’s difficult to make ”sake” from this, but the ”sake” made with this is very tasty” Morishinma’s face gleamed as he explained. When Nakata asked him of projects he planned for the future, he replied ”There is a ”sake” rice called ”Hitachi Nishiki”. It’s hard to get a lot of flavor from that rice, but I want to be able to draw out the taste from the rice. I want to master that process. When I deliver the finished ”sake” to Tokyo, I’d like to make it so that people can feel the Ibaraki in it.”
After the Great East Japan Earthquake
The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the series of quakes that followed caused a lot of damage to the brewery. ”We even though it might be impossible to continue making ”sake” here. ” recalled the 5th generation brew master Shinichiro Morishima. A total of 2000 liters of ”sake”, in various stages of production were lost. ”It’s not just the products.”
- Morishima Shuzo Co., Ltd.
- 1-17-7 Kawajiricho, Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture
- URL http://www.taikan.co.jp/