Yamakawa Shuzo Sake Brewery
The northern region of Okinawa Island has long been referred to as Yanbaru, a name that is not seen on maps. Yamakawa Shuzo is situated at the bank of Manna River, where the water flows through the rich nature of Yaedake in Motobu Town. The Awamori is distilled using this clear, pure water that flows in abundance from the mountains which gives Awamori a deep and mellow taste and a sweet aroma, and is referred to as “Awamori, the Art of Sake.”
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Representative: Munekatsu Yamakawa
Address: Namisato 58, Kanigamigun Motobu, Okinawa
Foundation (year) 1946
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Okinawa Sake Breweries
Okinawa Prefecture is located on the Ryukyu Islands. In the Okinawan dialect, Awamori is called “Saki”. For the locals, sake was Awamori. Japan’s oldest spirits, Awamori is said to have a history of 600 years. It uses Thai rice (Indica rice) to make koji (mold), ferment it by adding water and yeast, and then distilled it by using pot stills. It is said that this manufacturing method hasn’t changed much from 600 years ago. Awamori that has been aged for three years or more is called “Kusu”. The greatest feature of awamori is as time passes, the ingredients inside of awamori continue to mature and the flavor changes, so after bottling, it still grows to become much more tasteful kusu. In Okinawa, pouring the alcohol in a clay pot or a bottle for aging is often expressed as “let it sleep”, the longer you let it sleep the more it becomes sweeter and creates mellow texture in your mouth. The richness of its flavor is equaled to the world’s most renowned whiskeys and brandies.
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