Ozawa Shuzo Sake Brewery
Ozawa Shuzo, founded in 1702, is located in Okutama, which abounds with natural beauty despite being located in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Sawanoi, the brand name was originally named after the location of Sawai area, which is known for its clear water. Ozawa Shuzo has a history dating back more than 300 years and has been loved by the locals as the brewery of Tokyo’s Okutama sake, and also the oldest sake brewery in the region of Tokyo.
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Representative: Mikio Ozawa
Address: 2-770 Sawai, Ome-shi, Tokyo
Foundation (year) 1702
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Tokyo Sake Breweries
Tokyo Prefecture is located at the head of Tokyo Bay, the prefecture forms part of the Kanto region on the central Pacific coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu. In 1603, when Tokyo was called Edo with the opening of the Tokugawa Shogunate, Edo developed rapidly. As the population increased, the demand for food and drink naturally increased, and the lives of ordinary people generally became more ornate. In 1790, the Shogunate gathered 11 leading local sake brewers to discuss the production of excellent sake and lent 14,700 stones (2,205 tons) of rice owned by the Shogunate to order the production of 30,000 barrels of fine white sake. The excellent sake that was born in this way was sold directly to the people of Edo on the Edo table with the signboard of “Gantojo Sake Sales Office”. It seems that the brewing industry in Edo has developed further since this time.
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