taste and quality of sake depends on the rice and water used in production.
Hakkaisan has worked hard over many years to secure the best possible rice for
sake production. Obtaining excellent water, on the other hand, has required
no such effort, because the region is blessed with an abundance of good groundwater.
Hakkaisan uses water from a source renowned in the region for its particular
deliciousness. Local residents treasure it as "a gift of pure water from the
God of thunder." Hakkaisan also honors a particular God, the God of sake-making.
A corner of each Hakkaisan brewery houses a shrine at which candles and foodstuffs
are regularly dedicated to the God.
is a small town located at the heart of this snowy country. The town is now
linked to Tokyo by a highway and the bullet train. Along with traditional agriculture,
tourism has become a major industry, and winter sports and spas attract many
visitors. Uonuma's cooking rice is widely known as the tastiest in Japan. It
is also the most expensive.
you take a bullet train from Tokyo bound for Niigata, you will notice after
you pass through a long tunnel that the landscape has changed dramatically,
particularly if you make the trip in winter. Tokyo is fairly dry, dusty, and
harsh in winter. But, on exiting the tunnel, you are greeted by a new world
blanketed in soft snow. Nobel-Prize-winning novelist Yasunari Kawabata expressed
the surprise and beauty of the transition in his novel "Snow Country." When
he visited the region, it was by steam locomotive.
you come to Japan, you may find Kyoto and Nara interesting places to visit.
However, this beautiful, snowy country will also give you an unforgettable impression
of your trip to Japan.
Brewery owns only three sakagura, sake breweries. The company is not
particularly large, and it employs only about 40 people. The brewing tanks
are also much smaller than those of the large-scale brewers. Modern techniques
enable some companies to produce the same volume as Hakkaisan with fewer
people by using larger tanks and computer control. However, this approach
does not fit Hakkaisan's philosophy. Hakkaisan firmly believes that a
computer system is no substitute for the brewer's knowledge and experience.
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