Aichi prefecture lies in the center of Japan’s main island Honshu. The city of Nagoya lies in the western part of the prefecture and is the countries 3rd largest city. Aichi has a broad history; the first shogun of Japan, Minamoto Yoritomo, and the “Big 3” warlords of Japanese history - Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu - were all born in Aichi. It is also home to roughly 4,650 temples, more than any other Japanese prefecture.
Fujiichi Shuzo was founded in 1870 and is located north-west of Nagoya in Inazawa City. The Toji [Master Brewer] here is Katsuaki Yamamoto, who took over the head brewing role in 2012. In the short time he has been Toji, Yamamoto-san has quickly placed Fujiichi Shuzo on the Sake ‘map’ with the creation of the ‘Kikutaka’ brand. With this range of products under the Kikutaka label he concentrates on creating Sake with a lot of umami and acidity. This is achieved by meticulous work in the Koji room, where he strives to have every individual grain of rice fully coated in the pristine Koji coating before being used in Sake production. This level of care and work ethic has ensured the ‘Kikutaka’ brand as being one of the most sort after in the growing domestic landscape of Sake appreciation. We are excited to offer these amazing Sake in Australia for the first time and also the first country outside of Japan to receive these products as Fujiichi Shuzo have never exported before now.